Undergraduate Programs

The SF State Graduate College of Education offers the following undergraduate programs:


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences BS

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences will be prepared to enter graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. In addition, the BS in SLHS is an excellent foundation and pathway to graduate programs for a number of education, human service and health professions. The undergraduate sequence or a program equivalence is a prerequisite to the Master of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, also offered in the GCOE. Related fields open to the BS graduate in SLHS include employment as a teacher’s assistant, classroom aide, child development worker, and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with additional intern experience beyond the undergraduate degree.

  • Classified standing as an undergraduate student at SFSU
  • Declare SLHS major either as an entering student or through a change of major
  • Prior to beginning major coursework, complete 60 units of university coursework
  • Complete one college course in each of the following four areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Statistics
  • Complete a Linguistics course regarding language structure
  • Demonstrate a minimum GPA of 2.0

The Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Undergraduate Program is transitioning from a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree starting in Fall 2017. In the Bachelor of Arts degree, there are 12 core courses required for the major, constituting 36 units. In the Bachelor of Science degree, there are 13 core courses required for the major, constituting 39 units. The final cohort of BA students are expected to graduate in Spring 2018. All students entering the SLHS major in or after Fall 2017 will graduate with a BS degree.

Undergraduates enter the program in their junior year, usually after having completed most or all of the general education requirements for a Bachelor's degree. Students who have questions regarding general education requirements need to contact a general education advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center. All undergraduate students must complete 120 units to graduate from the university. Undergraduate students may (upon advisement) take up to 6 units of SLHS graduate coursework, beyond the 120 units required for graduation, during their final semester as an undergraduate. For specific requirements to enter the SLHS major, contact the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences office at (415) 338-1001 or cdinfo@sfsu.edu to make an appointment with a SLHS advisor to go over the what you need to know before declaring the SLHS major.

Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways (E-TPP) provide individualize roadmaps for undergraduate students majoring in Liberal Studies (LS) or Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) to become elementary teachers, including bilingual teachers in Spanish and Chinese. The E-TPP integrates requirements for subject matter preparation, general education, major requirements and begins the Multiple Subjects Credential with the option of Bilingual Authorization—all within four years of undergraduate study. The E-TPP includes the Elementary Subject Matter Waiver (ESMR) with subject matter courses across seven areas required to enter the Multiple Subjects program, a preferred alternative to completing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs). Through the E-TPP advising pathways, LS and CAD majors will complete all requirements to become an elementary teacher and enter the credential program prior to completing their Bachelor’s Degree. Completion of the credential will require post-BA course work and practicum.

Planned for implementation in Fall 2019, the Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education (LSITE) program will integrate all components of the subject matter waiver, general education, major requirements, Multiple Subjects Credential and optional Bilingual Authorization with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree. LSITE graduates will be eligible to enter elementary school teaching positions upon graduation with the BA and credential in four years.

Students who enter as Freshmen or Transfer Students at SF State in either the Liberal Studies or Child and Adolescent Development majors may complete the E-TPP advising pathways. Students in either of these majors with an interest in becoming an elementary teacher have the opportunity to begin specific courses to meet credential requirements in lower division coursework at SF State or partnering Community Colleges. At the upper division level, students will be prepared to enter and begin credential courses while completing major requirements in LS or CAD. The most important requirement is the student’s own goal to become an elementary teacher. Bilingual students in Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) are particularly encouraged, as the need for teachers in these areas is significant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The E-TPP is a collaboration between the Department of Elementary Education in the Graduate College of Education; Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts; and Child and Adolescent Development in the College of Health and Social Sciences. Through coordinated advising across LS and CAD majors and Elementary Education, students will receive ongoing advising to complete specific courses and fieldwork requirements. In each of the colleges, designated advisors are available to support student success and to access individualized resources. Through coordinated advising across the three colleges, the E-TPP provides learning communities for student cohorts and alternative advising pathways for bilingual students who aim to become bilingual teachers in the Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation (BEST)program.

The Bilingual Educators for Social Transformation (BEST) program embraces concepts of social justice and equity through a culturally responsive pedagogy with a philosophical stance representing a vision for social transformation for bilingual educators. The E-TPP prepares students to enter the BEST program with strong foundations in heritage language and related fieldwork experiences, both in Spanish and Chinese. More information about BEST is available from the Department of Elementary Education at: https://eed.sfsu.edu.

Students interested in the E-TPP advising pathways may contact any of the following advisors:

Graduate College of Education Elvira Vivanco, Educator Pathways Coordinator
The Education Advising Community Hub (TEACH)
Burk Hall 319
 gcoeteach@sfsu.edu
 (415) 405-4123

Graduate College of Education
Josephine Arce, Chair
Department of Elementary Education
 jarce@sfsu.edu
 (415) 338-1562

College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Andrea Olson, Advisor
Liberal Studies Program
 ayo@sfsu.edu
 (415) 338-6927

College of Health and Social Sciences
Rene Dahl, Professor
Department of Child and Adolescent Development
 rdahl@sfsu.edu
 (415) 405-3564

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Education Minor

The Graduate College of Education offers Undergraduate pathways to careers in Education.

The EDUC Minor prepares undergraduate students to explore and to prepare for careers as professional educators at the post-baccalaureate level. Courses are designed to include foundations of education roles in a variety of settings that include working with young children; students in elementary school and high school; and adults. Hands-on experience is a component of each course in the EDUC Minor and enables students to complete fieldwork requirements to enter credential programs following completion of the Bachelor's Degree. Students may satisfy both a minor and complementary studies requirements through the 12-credit EDUC Minor. Assistance and advising to complete requirements for application and admission to credential programs is provided to all EDUC Minor students.

  • The EDUC Minor consists of 12 units. Students may complete a maximum of 6 lower division units and are required to complete a minimum of 6 upper division units. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required in the minor.

Spring 2018 Classes Offered at San Francisco State:

Topical Area: Education in American Society

EDUC/S ED 200: Introduction to Teaching and Education (D-1) / Online
EDUC/S ED 200: Introduction to Teaching and Education (D-1) / W 1:00 - 3:45pm
EDUC/S ED 300: Education and Society (UD-D, SJ) / T 1:00 - 3:45pm

Topical Area: Teaching in Action

EDUC 250: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom (D-1) / T 1:10 - 3:55pm
EDUC 250: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom (D-1) / MW 9:10 - 10:30am

Topical Area: Equity and Social Justice in Education

C D 300: Human Communicative Disorders (UD-D) / M 7:00 - 9:45pm
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D) / M 6:00 - 9:00pm
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D) / W 1:10 - 3:55pm
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D) / Th 9:10 - 11:55am
SPED 330: Introduction to Disability (UD-D) / Th 1:10 - 3:55pm

Topical Area: Professional Educators and Communities

EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ) / F 9:10 - 11:55am + 1:00 - 2:50pm
EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ) / M 1:10 - 3:55pm + W 1:10 - 3:00pm
EDUC/E ED 450: Art and Learning (E-1, UD-C, SJ) / W 3:30 - 6:30pm + 6:35 - 8:50pm
EDUC/E ED 639: Bilingual Education in the U.S. (UD-D) / W 1:10 - 3:55pm
EDUC/E ED 681: Teaching Language and Literature for Children and Adolescents (UD-C) / Th 4:10 - 6:55pm
E ED 655: Hands on Undergraduate Science Education Experience / T 9:10 - 11:55am

To declare the minor or for advising, please visit The Education Advising Community Hub (TEACH) in Burk Hall 311 or send an e-mail to edminor@sfsu.edu

Special Education Minor

Provides undergraduate students with an overview of the field of special education.

An interdisciplinary program of required and elective courses ensures that students are exposed to a variety of courses pertaining to disability in our society. The purpose of this minor is to provide undergraduate students with an overview of the field of special education. An interdisciplinary program of required and elective courses ensures that students are exposed to a variety of courses pertaining to disability in our society.

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at SF State
  • Must be able to complete the required 18 units

Competencies attained by students completing this minor are of both a theoretical and practical nature and stimulate student interest in occupations serving individuals with disabilities. Direct contacts with individuals with disabilities are designed to help students determine if working in the area of special education is a career choice.

Metro College Success Program

The Metro College Success Program (Metro) was developed to support the next generation of leaders in urban communities. Each Metro Academy is a 'school within a school' to give you an educational home in your first two years of college. Metro gives you personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring.

  • Incoming SF State freshmen students or SF State first year students
  • Enrolled as a fulltime student
  • Must commit to 1-2 required Metro classes per semester

Adjusting to college can be challenging. Learning in a small, supportive community of students and faculty can help you thrive throughout your first two years. Metro’s goal is to help you graduate in a timely manner and gain the skills you need to succeed in college and find a meaningful career.

Students take two courses each semester that share themes such as social justice, education equity, community health, or ethnic studies. Metro courses satisfy general education requirements for all majors at SF State, so you can go on to complete your bachelor’s degree in any major.

Metro students receive tutoring, advising, and support. Metro students also develop strong academic skills. They learn to write and speak with confidence and power, master mathematical concepts, and think critically about real-world issues.