Undergraduate Programs

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

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences B.S.

Students in the bachelor of science in Speech, Language & 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 B.S. 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 SF State
  • 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 offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.  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. For specific requirements to enter the SLHS major, contact the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences office at (415) 338-1001 or slhsinfo@sfsu.edu to make an appointment with a SLHS advisor to go over what you need to know before declaring the SLHS major.

For more information, visit the Speech Language and Hearing Sciences bachelors page.

Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Elementary Teacher Preparation Pathways (E-TPP) provides individualized roadmaps for undergraduate students majoring in Liberal Studies (LS) or Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) to become elementary teachers, including bilingual teachers in Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. The E-TPP integrates requirements for subject matter preparation, general education, major requirements and allows students to begin the Multiple Subjects Credential courses with the option of Bilingual Authorization—all within four years of undergraduate study. 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, while waiving the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) requirement. 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 (B.A.) Degree. LSITE graduates will be eligible to enter elementary school teaching positions upon graduation with the B.A. and credential in four years.

Students at SF State in the Liberal Studies or Child and Adolescent Development majors may complete the E-TPP advising pathways, upon advisement. 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.

For more information on the E-TPP pathway, please visit: https://gcoe.sfsu.edu/content/e-tpp.

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.

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

Graduate College of Education
Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Chair
Department of Elementary Education
 (415) 338-7636

College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Andrea Olson, Advisor
Liberal Studies Program
(415) 338-6927

College of Health and Social Sciences
CAD Faculty Advisors
Department of Child & Adolescent Development (CAD)
(415) 405-3564

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.

For Additional information and an updated Education Minor course list, please visit the Academic Bulletin.

To declare the minor or for advising, please visit the Undergraduate Advising Center 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.

For more information, visit the Department of Special Education SPED Minor page.

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.