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Degree of Difference 

A blog dedicated to sharing stories, research, and insights for tomorrow’s teachers, therapists, leaders, counselors, and advocates.

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Licensure Options at SOLES

This document covers some of the similarities and differences between the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and the MA in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) program to help you determine which may be a better fit for you and your career goals.

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Guide to Funding Your Teacher Education in California

Discover valuable scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs that will put your teaching career within reach.

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Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarships at USD-SOLES

Navigating the world of graduate school financial aid can be overwhelming. The good news is that financing grad school isn’t as complicated as it may seem. In fact, with a few exceptions, the process is similar to paying for an undergraduate degree.

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Guide to USD's PhD in Leadership Studies

Students of the PhD in Leadership Studies program are equipped to become better leaders with the capacity to improve lives through academic research and original contributions to their field of leadership. Read our guide to find out how to become an impactful leader who influences real change.

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Guide to Equity-Driven Leadership in Higher Education

Our guide explains what higher education leadership looks like, why it's important, and how leaders in the field are able to build educational environments that are inclusive and supportive. Download the guide today to get these insights and more information about the SOLES' MA in Higher Education Leadership program.

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Guide to Getting a Teacher Credential

Our teaching resource will help you to learn more about understanding your teaching credential options, the essential steps to becoming a teacher in California, and what to look for in a California teacher prep program.

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Guide to the Untold Benefits of a Teaching Career

This guide gets right to the point in addressing the misconceptions, the benefits, and the lasting impact of a teaching career.

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Guide for Teachers for the Next Generation

Today's teachers need a high quality, up-to-date education as they prepare to step into the classroom. That's why close to 60% of America's teachers now have their master's degree. Our guide contains everything you need to know about becoming a forward-thinking educator.

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Guide to TESOL and TESOL Jobs

Our guide dives into the specifics of a TESOL career. We touch on possible career pathways, the personal and professional rewards of this field, and how the SOLES Master's in TESOL program can give you the flexibility you need in a graduate degree, with in-person and 100% online program options.

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Guide to Getting a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership & Management

We invite you to check out our latest guide for a look at the current state of the nonprofit sector and how a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership and Management can help you grow into advanced leadership roles.

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Guide to the Master's in Leadership Studies Program

Check out our guide to explore what it means to study leadership and why this program can change your approach to work, life, and relationships.

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PhD Comparison Sheet

Our PhD Comparison Sheet is a helpful way to learn more about the options we offer at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences — PhD in Leadership Studies, PhD in Leadership Studies (Hybrid), and PhD in Education for Social Justice.

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Online Programs Offerings

At the School of Education and Leadership Sciences, we have long offered high-quality online delivery options for our graduate programs in education and leadership. Explore this resource to learn more about the specifics of each program! 

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