Campus: San Diego State University -- December 15, 1999

SDSU and USD Unite to Form First Joint Education Doctoral Program

In the new century, classrooms will require advanced methods of teaching. San Diego State University and the University of San Diego will meet this need locally by combining their expertise to create the city's first joint doctoral program in education to train future teachers in the vital areas of educational technology, and teaching and learning, with an emphasis in literacy.

"This doctoral program will build on the strengths of two of San Diego's major universities to form a curriculum that is complemented by both institutions' areas of expertise," said Marlowe Berg, program director and

SDSU professor of program development. The joint program, which begins in Fall 2000, offers students the opportunity to take courses at SDSU and USD, and some courses will be team-taught by professors from both universities.

"Students admitted into this program will have the advantage of working with a wide variety of faculty members from SDSU and USD, which will help them develop a deeper understanding in their chosen area of education," said Dr. Fred Galloway, associate dean of USD and director of doctoral studies.

Another substantial advantage to this complementary juncture, according to Dr. Berg, is the convenience it provides by being a local program. "Those who are currently teachers in local school districts won't have to leave the city to receive their doctorates," said Dr. Berg.

Aimed at working professionals and full-time students, the doctorate can be completed in as few as four years, depending on prior course work.

Applicants for admission to the doctoral program of education must meet general requirements for graduate standing at both SDSU and USD and must possess prior teaching, staff development, curriculum development or related professional experience.

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded as a teacher-training program in 1897, it has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 76 areas, master's degrees in 58 areas and doctorates in 11. The more than 30,000 students participate in academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with professors and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. For more information, log onto its web site at

Chartered in 1949, the University of San Diego is an independent Roman Catholic institution of higher learning, known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. Some 6,800 undergraduate and graduate students may choose from more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, leadership and counseling. For more information, log onto its web site at

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