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Single Subject Teacher Education Program

Credential Program

Single Subject Credential Program (code 100)

The Single Subject Credential Program is a 45 unit program comprised of one prerequisite, four co-requisites, four core courses, and the capstone student teaching experience and student teaching seminar. EDSS 300, the prerequisite course, must be taken prior to other EDSS and EDSE courses. The corequisites may be taken prior to or concurrent with EDSS 300, or concurrent with the core courses. All course work must be completed prior to student teaching, except for the student teaching seminar which is taken concurrent with student teaching. Student teaching is a full teaching day, Monday through Friday, for approximately 20 weeks under the guidance of one or more cooperating teachers and a university supervisor.



  • Take the following course:
    • EDSS 300A-S Introduction to Teaching (3)
    • (separate sections offered for each subject area)


  • Take the following courses:
    • HSC 411B Health Science for Secondary Teachers (3)
    • EDSP 350 Education of Exceptional Individuals (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • EDP 301 Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    • EDP 302 Early and Late Adolescent Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    • EDP 305 Educational Psychology (3)
  • Take one of the following choices:
    • Level I technology course or state-approved exam

Core Courses:

  • Take the following course:
    • EDSE 435 United States Secondary Schools: Intercultural Education (3)
    • EDSE 436 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Classroom Management (3)
    • EDSE 457 Reading and Writing in the Secondary School (3)
    • EDSS 450A-S Curriculum and Methods (3)
    • (separate sections offered for each subject area)


    • EDSS 472 Student Teaching (5)
    • EDSS 473A-Z Student Teaching Seminar (3)
    • (separate sections offered for each subject area)
  • or for interns
    • EDSS 572 Intern Student Teaching (5)
    • EDSS 473A-Z Student Teaching Seminar (3)
    • (separate sections offered for each subject area)

Candidates in the 11 subject area programs can meet the computer technology requirement through the following courses: Art (ART 305), English (ENGL 337), Home Economics (ETEC 444), Health Science (ETEC 444), Industrial Technology (ETEC 444), LOTE (RGR 470), Mathematics (MTED 301), Music (MUS 125T), KIN (KIN 354), Science (EDSS 300C, 450C, 473), Social Science (ETEC 444).

All professional coursework for the credential must be completed within seven years of admission to the program.

In addition to professional preparation, all credential candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by one of the following: A) completion of a Commission-approved subject matter program; B) passing scores on the CSET exam; C) transcript review. Candidates should confer as early as possible with the Credential Advisor in their subject area to develop an efficient program plan.

Admission to the Program

Before beginning the Single Subject Credential Program, students should be admitted to the university. Apply for admission if you are A) a graduating senior at CSULB, B) transferring from another institution, or C) returning to the university after an absence of one or more semesters. Admission to the university does not constitute admission or acceptance in the SSCP. Application to the program is normally made as part of the course requirements for EDSS 300. Students may take the EDSS 300 course as early as the junior year with a minimum of 60 units.

Program Admission Requirements

  • 1. Complete the prerequisite course EDSS 300 in the appropriate subject area, with a minimum grade of "B."
  • 2. Perform satisfactorily in the 45 hour field work requirement in EDSS 300.
  • 3. Attain a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units attempted.
  • 4. Complete a personal interview with program faculty.
  • 5. Submit two recommendation forms that speak to the candidate's potential for successful public school teaching.
  • 6. Submit a written statement of professional goals and philosophy of education.
  • 7. Provide evidence of fingerprint clearance (Certificate of Clearance) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
  • 8. Submit a tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray taken within the previous three years. Tuberculosis clearance must be valid through student teaching.
  • 9. Take the CBEST exam. You must take all three parts of the exam and submit official scores. (Passage of the exam is required to advance to student teaching.)
  • 10. Demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English by (A) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the reading portion of the CBEST exam or by (B) achieving a "C" grade or better in a course satisfying the General Education requirement in literature and by (A) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the writing portion of the CBEST or by (B) fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 11. Demonstrate ability to communicate orally in English at the level required of public school teachers by demonstration of English production skills in the course EDSS 300 and through an oral interview with subject matter program faculty. In the case of candidates for a credential in teaching Languages Other Than English, there is a bilingual interview requirement in English and the target language.
  • 12. Demonstrate personality and character traits that satisfy the standards of the teaching profession and suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools through the application documentation, the personal interview, and performance in the course EDSS 300. Candidates must continue to demonstrate appropriate character and personality traits through completion of the program.
  • 13. Submit a completed program application to the EDSS 300 instructor.
  • 14. Complete all requirements for admission to the program unique to the candidate's subject matter program.

Preliminary Credential

Successful completion of the Single Subject Credential Program leads to the Preliminary Credential, which is valid for five years.

Credential Requirements

  • 1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • 2. Satisfy the U. S. Constitution requirement (POSC 100 or 391 or exam or equivalent course from another institution).
  • 3. Pass CBEST.
  • 4. Hold a Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint check).
  • 5. Demonstrate subject matter competence.
  • 6. Complete all prerequisite, corequisite, core and capstone courses with a "B" average and a minimum grade of "C". A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all EDSS and EDSE courses. A minimum grade of "B" must be attained in EDSS 450.
  • 7. Demonstrate Level I Computer proficiency.
  • 8. Successfully complete student teaching and student teaching seminar.
  • 9. Obtain a score of 3 or better on all 4 tasks in the state-mandated Teacher Performance Assessment (Cal TPA).

Student Teaching

Student Teaching is a full day, full semester responsibility following the school district calendar (approximately 20 weeks). Students teach three classes which represent different aspects or levels of the single subject major. The other two periods are for preparation and observation. The university determines the specific student teaching assignment. There are a wide variety of schools and teaching situations available in the program service area representative of the diversity of the region.

Advancement to Student Teaching is based upon a second thorough assessment of the candidate's qualifications. The process involves an evaluation of the applicant's file and an interview with faculty in the Single Subject Program. The criteria for advancement are as follows:

  • 1. Potential for success in teaching, as indicated by successful leadership, teaching experience, or work experience. Updated information regarding the candidate's most recent experience, including work in EDSS 450, forms the basis of this assessment.
  • 2. Continuing motivation for and enthusiasm toward teaching, together with those personality traits believed essential for successful teaching. Evidence includes a strong recommendation from the instructor of the 450 class and further recommendations from faculty who have worked with or have interviewed the student since the time of admission to the credential program.
  • 3. Academic competence, overall and in the teaching major. The level of academic achievement of candidates is expected to be above average.

Advancement to Student Teaching Requirements

  • 1. Member in good standing of the Single Subject Credential Program.
  • 2. A GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units, or 2.67 overall.
  • 3. Complete all program courses, except Student Teaching and Seminar.
  • 4. A minimum "B" grade point average in program courses, including prerequisites, corequisites and core courses, with no grade lower than "C." A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all EDSS and EDSE courses. Completion of EDSS 450 with a minimum grade of "B."
  • 5. TB clearance (clearance must be valid though completion of student teaching).
  • 6. Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), or approved alternate prior to the student teaching application deadline.
  • 7. CSET test takers must submit passing scores with their student teaching application. Course-takers must satisfy the subject matter mastery requirement prior to the first day of student teaching.
  • 8. Proof of identity and character clearance (Certificate of Clearance)
  • 9. Attend a student teaching application meeting and submit a student teaching application by October 1 or March 1 of the semester prior to student teaching.

Student Teaching Application Process

  • 1. Student Teaching applications are only distributed at mandatory student teaching information meetings held the first two weeks of the semester. Candidates for advancement to student teaching must attend a meeting. Meeting dates are posted outside the Single Subject Program office and are available on the website.
  • 2. The application for Student Teaching is reviewed by the student's Single Subject major area. The Credential Center evaluates transcripts. The department then makes a recommendation to the University Single Subject Teacher Education Committee which takes final action. When approved by this committee, the student registers for student teaching. A priority system is used if sufficient funding is not available to allow all qualified applicants to enroll in student teaching.
  • 3. A Certificate of Clearance must be on file in the Credential Center prior to the beginning of Student Teaching.