Single Subject Teaching Credential

Single Subject Teaching Credential Program

This credential program is ideal for those looking to teach a specific subject, such as math or English, in a K-12 classroom in California and typically is sought by those wishing to teach at the middle- or high-school level. Students will learn to design engaging lessons, develop the skills necessary for planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management and assessment.

Program Overview

The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program with an English Learner Authorization prepares you to be a successful, well-rounded educator. You will graduate prepared to use Common Core and other content standards to teach specific subjects in a departmentalized classroom in California with a focus on using advanced technology for today’s classroom.

As a student, you will:

  • Examine classroom, school and community contexts and use information to plan and design learning experiences.
  • Develop and use classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
  • Create learning experiences that make subject matter accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Differentiate instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Use multiple methods of assessment to monitor learning and inform instruction.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Official (sealed) transcripts indicating a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Forms (3)
  4. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests
  5. All Single Subject 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. Single Subject candidates may submit verification of completion of a subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject matter to meet this requirement.
  6. Letter of Good Standing: 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 their 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.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

  • Applicants to a credential program must possess a 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 courses other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
    • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully pass all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

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.
  4. Three current letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s ability to complete graduate coursework. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The committee must have three members and must include one full-time 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 Master's degree programs

 

Prerequisites

EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 551* Educational Application of Computers Level One 3
PSYU 324 Adolescence 3
Total Credits 8

* 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

 

Clinical Practice

EDSU 592 Directed Teaching I  3
EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 2
EDSU 593 Directed Teaching II  3
EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 2
Total Credits 10

 

Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 34
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