In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Teaching Credential, prospective Physical Education teachers are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students can begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year however they are advised to focus on completing required degree specific courses prior to enrolling in credential courses. It is strongly advised that they complete no more than 12 units of credential coursework prior to graduation as they can only request a maximum of 12 units to be applied as graduate credit. (Requests for graduate credit for credential courses must be completed prior to graduation.) If taking EDSS 300P as an undergraduate it is advised that they take this course their final semester or at earliest their final year of undergraduate studies at CSULB. Most credential coursework should be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Taking more than 12 units of credential coursework prior to graduation can negatively impact the starting teacher salary. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.