Single Subject Credential

Pathways to a Career |   Requirements for the Preliminary Credential |  Components and Curriculum for the Single Subject Credential + M.A. in Education (Fall and Spring Start Options)

 

Pathways to a Career in Education-- Single Subject Credential

Requirement Satisfied by
Undergraduate Preparation Major in the subject area that you plan to teach OR pass a CSET in the subject matter, fulfill early field experience and second language requirements.
Admissions Tests Basic Skills Exam,
CSET or
Subject Matter Waiver in Content Area
Post-B.A. Preparation Complete a Single Subject Credential program. Fulfill the U.S. Constitution, Level I Technology, CPR, and edTPA requirements. Complete fingerprinting requirement.

 

Requirements for the Preliminary Credential

  • Baccalaureate degree, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college/university. (Required for admission)
  • Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement (Required for admission). Successful passage of one of the following:
    • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
    • A Commission-approved out-of-state basic skills exam
    • CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) Placement Test
    • CSU Entry Level Math & English Placement Test (ELM & EPT).
  • Subject Matter Competency. Candidates must demonstrate competency in an approved single subject by successfully completing all required exams of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for the chosen subject area. Subject matter competency may also be demonstrated by completing an approved subject matter competency program in the CSU. Candidates who choose this option must meet with the appropriate subject area advisor regarding competency assessment before applying to the credential program. (Required for admission)
  • Completion of second language requirement. (Required for admission)
  • Completion of Certificate of Clearance (fingerprinting) process. (Required for admission)
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the principles of the Constitution of the United States. Applicants may satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement either by course work or examination. Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a CSU campus have met this requirement.
  • Level I Educational Technology requirement. May be met by taking ITEC 601 or the CSET Exams in Preliminary Educational Technology.
  • Comprehensive, hands-on CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training course for infants, children and adults. CPR card must be valid at the time of application for the Preliminary credential. Online CPR courses are not acceptable.
  • Early FIeld Experience (45 hours)-- (Resources for finding appropriate early field experience setting)

 

 

 

Components and Curriculum for the Single Subject Credential 

This credential authorizes the holder to teach specified subject matter courses in departmentalized classrooms, in preschool through grade twelve or in classes organized primarily for adults. Departmentalized classes exist most commonly in California middle and high schools.

edTPA

All single subject credential candidates are required to pass the edTPA (education Teaching Performance Assessment) in order to earn a credential. Instructions and details regarding the edTPA are provided upon admission to the program (see http://edtpa.aacte.org/ or Secondary Education-edTPA

 

Content Areas

The Single Subject Teaching Credential program is designed to prepare qualified candidates with the course work and field experiences needed to enable them to effectively teach their subject in California public schools, particularly middle and high schools. The Department of Secondary Education offers teacher preparation for people with subject-matter competency in the following areas:

  • Art
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • World Languages

 

Limited World Languages Openings in Single Subject Program

The Single Subject Program can only place a limited number of World Languages candidates in student teaching. The number varies depending on the language.

 

GPA Requirement for the Preliminary Credential

A GPA of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a C is required in all courses comprising the professional education sequence. A grade of CR is acceptable only if mandated by the department.

Credential + M.A. Roadmap (click here)

Fall Start Program 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Fall Semester (Year One): 6 courses / 18 units

  • Curriculum and Instruction I Course – discipline based; Selected from courses below (3 units)

                    Art - EDUC 750
                    English - ENG 713
                    Mathematics - S ED 759
                    Music - MUS 760
                    Physical Education - KIN 750
                    Science - S ED 759
                    Social Science - S ED 759
                    Modern Languages and Literatures - MLL 750


Spring Semester (Year One): 4 courses / 18 units

  • Curriculum and Instruction II course- discipline based: Select from courses below (3 units)

                  Art - EDUC 755
                  English - ENG 714
                  Mathematics - S ED 769
                  Music - MUS 761
                  Physical Education - KIN 751
                  Science - S ED 769
                  Social Science - S ED 769
                  World Languages - MLL 751

NOTE 1: Awarded Credential in summer following completion of Year One and successful completion of the edTPA

NOTE 2: Must continue onto Master's courses within 3 years. The university has a 7-year limit on the currency of coursework towards a degree. If you do take more than a 1-semester break in between the Credential and Master portion of the program, you will need to reapply to the M.A. program through Cal State Apply and pay appropriate fees. 

 

Fall Semester (Year Two): 2 courses / 6 units

 

Spring Semester (Year Two): 2 courses / 6 units

 

Fall Semester (Year Three): 0 courses / 0 units

  • Collect data for field study
  • Teach curricular innovation project

 

Spring Semester (Year Three): 2 courses / 6 units

  • S ED 895 Field Study or Curriculum Innovation Project (CIP), 3
  • Elective (3)

 

 

Spring Start Program 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

First Semester: Spring of Admission (2 courses / 6 units)


Second Semester: Fall (5 courses / 15 units)

  • Curriculum and Instruction I Course – discipline based; Selected from courses below (3 units)

                    Art - EDUC 750
                    English - ENG 713
                    Mathematics - S ED 759
                    Music - MUS 760
                    Physical Education - KIN 750
                    Science - S ED 759
                    Social Science - S ED 759
                    Modern Languages and Literatures - MLL 750


Third Semester: Spring (3 courses / 15 units)

  • Curriculum and Instruction II course- discipline based: Select from courses below (3 units)

                  Art - EDUC 755
                  English - ENG 714
                  Mathematics - S ED 769
                  Music - MUS 761
                  Physical Education - KIN 751
                  Science - S ED 769
                  Social Science - S ED 769
                  World Languages - MLL 751

NOTE 1: Awarded Credential in summer following completion of Year One and successful completion of the edTPA

NOTE 2: Must continue onto Master's courses within 3 years. The university has a 7-year limit on the currency of coursework towards a degree. If you do take more than a 1-semester break in between the Credential and Master portion of the program, you will need to reapply to the M.A. program through Cal State Apply and pay appropriate fees.

 

Fourth Semester (Fall): 2 courses / 6 units

 

Fifth Semester (Spring): 2 courses / 6 units

 

Sixth Semester (Fall): 0 courses / 0 units

  • Collect data for field study
  • Teach curricular innovation project

 

Seventh Semester (Spring): 2 courses / 6 units

  • S ED 895 Field Study or Curriculum Innovation Project (CIP), 3
  • Elective (3)