School of Education

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


Details at a Glance

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  • Application Fee

  • Financial Aid Available


Our Program

Our faculty and students are scholars and social justice advocates engaged within the diverse San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

With over 20 credential, master's and doctoral programs, including programs at our additional campus locations, we welcome students who seek to make an impact and who are committed to serving those most in need.

If you are thinking of developing or advancing your skills in the fields of education, counseling psychology, leadership, research or advocacy the USF School of Education has these distinctive assets to offer:

Quality: Academic rigor and excellence have been USF’s trademarks since 1855.

Commitment to diversity and social justice: Our classes combine extensive exploration of theoretical knowledge in a diverse classroom setting with purposeful action, including outreach activities.

Supportive and personalized environment: With small classes, dedicated faculty who are available to students, caring staff, and numerous USF services, we are committed to student success.

Incomparable setting: Our diverse San Francisco Bay Area community, where cultural and artistic events abound, is sure to stimulate your own creativity and desire to learn.

USF’s School of Education offers credential, master’s and doctoral programs, each uniquely designed to prepare teachers, counselors and leaders in a way that promotes long-term success and strengthens the community.

Available Programs:


Catholic Educational Leadership

Counseling Psychology—Marriage and Family Therapy

Counseling Psychology—School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Educational Technology

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Human Rights Education

International and Multicultural Education

Organization and Leadership

Special Education—with Mild/Moderate

Specialist Credential

Special Education—with Mild/Moderate

Teaching Credential with Master’s in Teaching

Teaching Credential with Master’s in Teaching—San Francisco Teacher Residency

Teaching Credential with Master’s in Teaching—Urban Education and Social Justice

Teaching Credential with Master’s in Teaching Reading

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Transformative School Leadership with Administrative Services Credential


Catholic Educational Leadership

International and Multicultural Education

Learning and Instruction

Organization and Leadership

Transformative School Leadership with Administrative Credential


  • Application Fee



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Additional Requirements

As a practice, the School of Education takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We assess each applicant with a balanced consideration, looking at their life experiences, personal attributes, and academic metrics. We also evaluate how applicants may contribute to the school and to their chosen field, and consider whether applicants are aligned with the mission of the school and program.

Application Deadline

Please refer to our deadlines page for details.

We encourage applicants to apply by the priority deadline, however, applications are accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis. The application will remain open until the program is full.

Student Body

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Clubs & Associations

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What Our Students Say

  • Although I'm new to the school counseling world, this program has given me confidence in my abilities through the support I receive from my classmates, professors, advisors and supervisors. The School Counseling program offers rigorous learning at both the head and the heart level.

    Kenneth Chargois, Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling ‘19
  • The MAT program at USF has challenged my own preconceptions of what it means to be an educator and has opened my eyes to the diverse needs of students not only as scholars, but also as human beings worthy of dignity. 

    Jonathan Chin, Master of Arts in Teaching with Credential ‘19
  • I appreciate the fieldwork experience and application of our studies into the field. It makes for a well-rounded experience, which I was looking for in a graduate program.

    Maile Yee, Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs ‘17

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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Location & Contact

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