Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the fees/tuition for my particular program?
Each chart is designed to give you a total
unit count and approximate full amount of fees expected under your particular
program. Our students are expected to be full time students each quarter
(Fall, Winter, Spring). During Summer Session, fees are paid by unit.
For an update of fees per unit please go to:http://summersession.ucsd.edu/
Student fees/tuition included below are specific to
your individual M.Ed./Credential Program, or the MA-ASL Program.
2. What is the success rate of UC San Diego EDS graduate finding teaching jobs in public schools--especially with California budget cuts and dismissal of many California teachers?
Our graduates continue to be highly sought out by local public school employers due to the high quality of our candidates and the rigor of the preparation that we provide. All of our lecturer/supervisors are experienced classroom teachers with extensive professional ties to Districts across San Diego county, and our network also includes partnerships with key Districts who serve on our advisory boards and place our candidates as teachers after graduation. In fact, our cadre of cooperating teachers who mentor candidates include a large number of our graduates. Thus, we do have a strong network of both formal and informal connections, and our faculty work with the students during the program on preparing for interviews. We know that demographics clearly signal that over half of the current teaching force will be replaced over the next several years, and the population of school age children in CA continues to grow. It's impossible to predict with certainty how many teachers will retire in a given year. It does seem that with the economy beginning to improve, it's more likely that teachers will choose to retire.
3. For the clinical placements for the multiple subject program, will I be placed in one school classroom for the whole year or will there be rotations? What is the duration for each placement?
All candidates will have two placements in elementary school classrooms. The first placement lasts for 20 weeks, during fall and winter quarters, and the second placement takes place during spring quarter (10 weeks). Candidates implement activities from their methods courses in their placement classrooms, and each placement includes a substantial block of full-time student teaching.
4. How did the program choose the public schools to work with? What is the relationship between the program and the chosen public schools? What are the schools like (community, mission statement, etc.)?
We have formed partnerships with school districts throughout San Diego county, focusing on those schools which have a demonstrated record of success for students who are underrepresented in postsecondary education. These schools are located primarily in urban settings, but also include suburban and rural areas where there are populations of low-income families and/or concentrations of English learners. Our program has long been committed to rigorous education in the service of a social justice and equity, viewing students' home language and cultural experiences as a resource for teaching and learning. Our students are placed in both public and charter school settings. All of our lecturer/supervisors are experienced elementary teachers with strong networks in the local educational community.
5. What type of support and mentoring do I receive during the program?
EDS faculty actively help candidates seek employment, through formal activities in seminar including help with writing resumes and applications, as well as preparing for interviews. Guest speakers from local districts, including principals and EDS alumni, participate in these seminars. Candidates are provided with information about local job fairs, on campus or in the local community. Finally, through the professional networks maintained by our faculty and alumni, our candidates are often recruited by district and school administrators. EDS graduates are held in high regard, to the high quality of the candidates, the rigor of their preparation and the depth of their experience in clinical settings most like those where openings for new teachers typically occur. The job market at present has been somewhat volatile. While the economic crisis faced by California has resulted in a tight job market in some areas, demographic trends favor increasing opportunities. Over half of the current teaching force will be replaced due to impending retirements in the next several years, while the school-age population continues to grow. Thus while we recognize the challenges and support our candidates in considering a variety of options, including part-time resource positions or substituting, we are also optimistic that the job market across CA will continue to improve.
6. When does my program and courses approximately begin:
Single Subject 2nd Year Professional Program: June
Single Subject 1st Year Foundations- September
Multiple Subject Summer Intensive Program: June
Multiple Subject 2nd Year Professional Program: August
MA-ASL/Multiple Subject Program: June
* Orientation date and specific information for each program is sent as soon as admissions are final.
7. Is financial aid available?
Yes financial aid is available. Visit: http://eds.ucsd.edu/admission/financegrants.shtml for more information.
8. Are there additional scholarships available?
Please refer to http://eds.ucsd.edu/admission/add_fin_aid.html for outside scholarship and resources.
9. Will I need a car?
A car is definitely recommended, although public transportation is an option as well. Some school site placements can be 30-45 minutes from UC San Diego Campus.
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