Program: Single Subject Preliminary Credential

Dual Single Subject/Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Program Description

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:

  1. Traditional Program
  2. Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program (ACT)
  3. Single Subject University Intern Program (SSUIP)
  4. Four-Year Integrated (FYI) Teacher Credential Program (in English or Mathematics)
  5. Junior-Year Entry Integrated (JYI) Teacher Credential Program (in English or Mathematics)
  6. Bilingual Authorization Credential Program
  7. Dual Single Subject/Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Dual Single Subject/Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

A credential program pathway that allows candidates to pursue general education and special education credentials simultaneously, in fewer units than would be required to earn these credentials separately.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Required Prior to Admission

  1. Passing score on the Basic Skills Test (typically CBEST).
  2. Admissions interview.
  3. Valid fingerprint clearance and negative tuberculosis clearance.
  4. Completion of a subject-matter program or examination (CSET) for a single subject that is Commission-approved for the Education Specialist credential.
  5. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 units.
  6. 45 hours of early field experience.
  7. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Consult the Credential Office for complete admission requirements.

B. Required Prior to or Concurrent with SPED 403MM (6 units)

EPC 420 Educational Psychology of Adolescence (3 units)
SED 521 Content Area Literacy and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)

C. Required Prior to or Concurrent with First Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 554/S

  1. At least a 3.0 GPA in program courses and at least a 2.75 GPA in all courses taken while in the program.
  2. Student teaching application (priority deadlines established).

D. Required Prior to or Concurrent with First Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 554/S (6 units)

SED 525xx Methods of Teaching Single Subjects in the Secondary School (3) (e.g., Art, English, etc.)
SPED 403MM Early Field Experience/Seminar in Special Education (3)

E. Required Prior to Second Student Teaching Assignment Through SED 555/S and SPED 580MM (23 units)

SED 555/S and SPED 580MM must be taken concurrently.

SED 554/S Supervised Field Experience and Field Experience Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (3/2)
SPED 402 Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)
SPED 404 Teaching Diverse Learners with Social-Communication Disabilities, Including Autism (3)
SPED 416 Educating Diverse Learners with Disabilities and Working with Their Families (3)
SPED 420 Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs Through Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration (3)
SPED 501MM Special Education Assessment of Diverse Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)
SPED 502MM Reading/Language Arts Instruction for Diverse K-12 Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

CPR Certification—infant, child, adult (online certification is not acceptable).

F. Required Prior to or Concurrent with Second Student Teaching Assignment, SED 555/S and SPED 580MM (6 units)

SED 555/S and SPED 580MM must be taken concurrently.

AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
SPED 503MM Curriculum and Instruction in Math and Content Subjects for Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3)

G. Other Program Requirements (4 units)

HSCI 466ADO Health Issues of the Adolescent (1)
SED 514 Computers in Instruction (3)

  1. Preliminary Teaching Performance Assessment (completed in SED 554S).
  2. Teaching Performance Assessment (completed in SED 555S).
  3. Individual Induction Plan (IIP) (completed in SED 555S).
  4. Overall GPA of 2.75 since admission with a GPA of 3.0 in professional education courses.
  5. Grades of “C” or better in all required classes.
  6. Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution (course or exam).
  7. Passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).

Suggested Two-Year Dual Credential Course Sequence

Two-year sequence for full-time candidates:

Semester 1: EPC 420; SED 521; SPED 402; AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417 (12 units)

Semester 2: SED 525xx; SPED 403MMSPED 420SPED 501MM (12 units)

Summer: SPED 404 (This course is also offered during Spring and Fall.)

Semester 3: SED 514, SED 554/S ; SPED 416, SPED 502MM (14 units)

Semester 4: SED 555/SED 555S; SPED 503MMSPED 580MM (15 units)

Winter: HSCI 466ADO Year 1 or Year 2 (This course is also offered during the academic year.)

Contact advisor for additional sequences of courses that extend beyond two years.

Total Units Required for the Credential: 57


Department of Secondary Education
Chair: Julie Gainsburg
Education (ED) 1208
(818) 677-2580

Department of Special Education
Chair: Ivor Weiner
Education (ED) 1204
(818) 677-2596

Sue Sears
Education (ED) 3106
(818) 677-5000

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will be able to:

  1. Make subject matter comprehensible for K-12 pupil learning.
  2. Assess K-12 pupil learning.
  3. Engage and support K-12 pupils in learning.
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all K-12 pupils.
  5. Create and maintain effective environments for K-12 pupil learning.
  6. Develop as a professional educator.