Oct 01, 2023  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Secondary Education, Single Subject Credential Program

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The Single Subject Credential program stresses a logical sequence among the critical components of teacher education, including subject matter preparation, pedagogical instruction, fieldwork observation, participation in classroom activities and student teaching. It is responsive to contemporary educational concerns and provides for strict coordination of the varied administrative components, including admission, candidate assessment and program evaluation. The program is articulated with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Preparation Programs, the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA).

The program is a multi-semester process, where students move between theoretical knowledge provided in coursework and the practical experience gained in secondary classroom; developing philosophical and methodological perspectives that are tested in practical experience.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Single Subject Credential Program are required to apply to the university and to the Single Subject Credential Program. An additional fee is required with the application.

Applications for admission into the Single Subject Credential Program are evaluated according to the following criteria: subject matter competence, professional aptitude and disposition; and fundamental skills. Evidence in relation to criteria is submitted at the time of application and includes the following:

  • Grade-point average of 2.67 cumulative or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units
  • Verification of basic educational skills
  • Successful completion of EDSC 310, EDSC 320, EDSC 330, EDSC 340
  • Successful completion of an approved Ethnic Studies course.
  • 100% completion of Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) in your content area or the CSET exam results in your content area (see your adviser)
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Recommendations from academic faculty
  • Provide evidence of a recent TB test (within last four years)
  • CPR Training certification - Candidates must complete CPR Training offered by the American Heart Association (Heart Saver) or the American Red Cross. Training must cover infant, child and adult. Evidence of CPR training must be current (within 2 years) and a copy of the CPR certificate must be submitted with the credential application
  • The Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be obtained by the time of application. There is a fingerprint background check form to be completed as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Positive disposition toward teaching adolescents from diverse backgrounds​​​​​​​


Course required for preliminary credential, recommended as early as possible, unless part of subject matter preparation program.

Additional Information

* Courses that are taken in the academic departments

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