Teaching Credential, Single Subject

Single Subject Credential Program

In California, the appropriate credential for teaching a specific subject, such as math or English, in a departmentalized (K-12) classroom is the 2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential. It allows the holder to teach English language learners and is typically required of those who teach at the middle school or high school level. Candidates utilize Common Core and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop the skills necessary for planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management and assessment. The program is enhanced with a focus on the use of technology in the classroom and the development of 21st century skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Focused Inquiry: Examine classroom, school and the community contexts in preparation for making instructional decisions.
  • Positive Learning Environment: Develop and utilize classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
  • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Assessment: Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with families, colleagues, and community agencies and use community resources to support students’ development and learning
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.

Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:

  1. Statement of Intent
  2. Three Recommendation Forms
  3. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills test is required for admission to all credential programs. The one exception to this requirement is that Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST if taken after July 2007.
  4. All Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialists credential candidates must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. This is not a requirement for the Early Childhood Special Education Credential.
  5. Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in one’s program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.

Applicants seeking one or more of these teaching credential must make formal application to the teacher credential program before beginning any coursework other than prerequisites.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Applicants to a credential program must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants to the Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential program who are using an academic major or coursework for subject matter competency must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their major field to be admitted.

Applicants with GPAs between 2.50* and 2.74 can qualify for admission to a credential program by earning a passing score on one of the qualifying examinations listed below. A passing score will fulfill both the admission and the major grade point average requirements. Applicants may not enroll in any 500 level course other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully complete all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Exceptional Admit:

Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:

  1. Petition for exceptional admission.
  2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
  3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above: GRE, MAT or CSET.
  4. Three letters of reference.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The panel has three members and must include one faculty member.

Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format (please see MAT degree program for details).

*Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to graduate degree programs.

Teacher Performance Data 2011-2012

Prerequisites

EDUU 395 Education Field Experience 3
EDUU 413/513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 451/551* Educational Application of Computers Level One 3
PSYU 324 Adolescence 3
Total Credits 11

* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of both subtests of the CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of acceptable regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).

 

Introductory Block

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 512 The Art and Craft of Teaching 3
Total Credits 9

 

Content Area Block

EDSU 530 Theories, Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Learners 3
EDSU 531 Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/Culturally Diverse Classrooms 3
EDSU 532 Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates 3
EDSU 533 Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects (Series) 3
EDSU 534 Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach 3
Total Credits 15

 

Capstone Course

EDUU 540 Wisdom Through Practice 3

 

Fieldwork

EDSU 590 Supported Teaching or EDMU 592 Directed Teaching I 3
EDMU 593 Directed Teaching II 3
Total Credits 6

 

Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 33
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