In California, the appropriate credential to teach a specific subject in a departmentalized classroom at the middle school or high school level is the Single Subject Credential. This credential authorizes public school teaching in a departmentalized classroom. The Single Subject Credential is also utilized by those who wish to be subject area specialists in any K-12 setting (such as fine/performing arts, physical education and other elective areas).
Admission to the program
Admission to the program may be achieved by the completion of the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
- Have a minimum admission grade point average of 3.000.
- Students with an admission grade point average between 2.750 and 2.990 may be admitted in provisional standing for a maximum of one semester; provisional standing for the Multiple Subject Credential program specifies that students can enroll only in 500 level courses and can complete a maximum of 12 credits. Students who are below a 2.750 grade point average will be denied admission to the Multiple Subject Credential.
- Submit passing score on, or proof of registration for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
Transfer of coursework
Six credits of graduate transfer work is the maximum allowed. (See Academic Policies and Procedures for transfer guidelines.)
Requirements for the Single Subject Credential degree
Students pursuing the Single Subject Credential degree are held to the University’s Academic Policies and Procedures . In addition, these specific graduate course degree standards apply:
- Minimum grade “C+” or above required in all graduate coursework.
- Maintain 3.000 GPA in all graduate coursework.
- Obtain a Certificate of Clearance.
- Complete Infant, Child and Adult CPR requirement.
- Passing score on the CBEST.
- Passage of CSET prior to Student Teaching
The following courses make up the Single Subject Credential curriculum: