Program: Single Subject Preliminary Credential
Candidates who complete a Single Subject Credential program are specialists in the teaching of a subject area such as English, mathematics, physical education or science, and they are able to work with students in diverse classroom settings. Candidates meet subject matter competency by completing an approved program specified by the subject area department or by passing all sections of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). For information regarding admission, requirements and subject programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and subject matter examinations, see the Credential section of this Catalog. For detailed information on each approved subject program, see the department that offers the program (e.g., Art, English, Mathematics, Kinesiology) in this Catalog. Descriptions of Secondary Education credential program courses appear later in this section. For other professional education courses, see listings of the department offering the course (e.g., Educational Psychology and Counseling, Health Science). All Single Subject programs, including Bilingual Authorization, as described below, have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meet the requirements of Senate Bill 2042, including an English Learner authorization. All accepted candidates enroll in one of these programs:
- Traditional Program
- Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program (ACT)
- Single Subject University Intern Program (SSUIP)
- Four-Year Integrated (FYI) Teacher Credential Program (in English or Mathematics)
- Junior-Year Entry Integrated (JYI) Teacher Credential Program (in English or Mathematics)
- Bilingual Authorization Credential Program
- Dual Single Subject/Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)
Post-baccalaureate Single Subject Credential program for full-time or part-time candidates.
A. Required Prior to Admission
- Passing score on the Basic Skills Test (typically CBEST).
- Admissions interview.
- Valid fingerprint clearance and negative tuberculosis clearance.
- Verification of subject matter competency by approved subject matter program or examination (CSET).
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 units.
- 45 hours of early field experience.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Consult the Credential Office for complete admission requirements.
B. Required in First Semester of Enrollment and Prior to or Concurrent with SED 554/S (3 units)
C. Required Prior to First Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 554/S.
Student teaching application (priority deadlines established).
D. Required Prior to or Concurrent with First Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 554/S (6 units)
E. Required Prior to Second Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 555/S (5 units)
CPR Certification—infant, child, adult (online certification is not acceptable).
F. Required Prior to or Concurrent with Second Student Teaching Assignment, SED 555/S (12 units)
AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
SED 521 Content Area Literacy and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SPED 420 Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs Through Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration (3)
G. Student Teaching (11 units)
SED 554/S Supervised Field Experience and Field Experience Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (3/2)
SED 555 Supervised Practicum for the Single Subject Credential (4)*
SED 555S Practicum Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (2)
*Change in SED 555 to 4 units effective Spring 2022.
H. Other Program Requirements (4 units)
- Teaching Performance Assessment (completed in SED 555S).
- Individual Induction Plan (IIP) (completed in SED 555S).
- Overall GPA of 2.75 since admission with a GPA of 3.0 in professional education courses.
- Grades of “C” or better in all required classes.
- Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution (course or exam).
Full-time candidates who meet subject matter and other requirements at application are eligible to complete the program in a single year. Many candidates complete the program in three or more semesters. Application for student teaching is required by Fall/Spring deadlines; consult the Credential Office website for specific dates.
Suggested Single Subject Traditional Program Coursework Sequences
Two-semester sequence for full-time candidates:
Semester 1: EPC 420; HSCI 466ADO; SED 511, SED 514, SED 525xx single subject, SED 554/S (18 units)
Semester 2: AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417; SED 521, SED 529, SED 555, SED 555S; SPED 420 (18 units)
Three-semester and one Summer sequence for part-time candidates:
Semester 1: EPC 420; SED 511, SED 521 (9 units)
Semester 2: HSCI 466ADO; SED 525xx single subject, SED 554/S; SPED 420 (12 units)
Summer: AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417; SED 514 (6 units)
Semester 3: SED 529, SED 555, SED 555S (9 units)
Four-semester and one Summer sequence for part-time candidates:
Semester 1: EPC 420; SED 511 (6 units)
Semester 2: SED 514, SED 525xx single subject (6 units)
Summer: AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417; SPED 420 (6 units)
Semester 3: HSCI 466ADO; SED 521, SED 554/S (9 units)
Semester 4: SED 529, SED 555, SED 555S (9 units)
Total Units Required for the Credential: 36
Department of Secondary Education
Chair: Julie Gainsburg
Education (ED) 1208
Student Learning Outcomes
Single Subject Credential candidates will demonstrate proficiency in Teacher Performance Expectations within the six California Standards for the Teaching Profession:
- Engaging and supporting all students in learning.
- Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning.
- Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning.
- Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students.
- Assessing student learning.
- Developing as a professional educator.