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Single Subject Teaching Credential, Japanese (code 155)

The Japanese Subject Mattter Credential Program at CSU, Long Beach is designed to provide students with linguistic and cultural preparation and understanding of humanities for personal, social, intellectual and cognitive development as well as development of skills for economic self-sufficiency in the ever-intertwining world of global economy. It is intended to produce educators prepared in teaching Japanese with the communication proficiency, critical thinking skills, and sociocultural understanding essential for effective intercultural communication as well as pedagogical knowledge and training in teaching Japanese to diverse populations in our society.

The program requires a minimum of 30 semester units of upper-division courses in Japanese as listed below under the four subject categories: Language, Linguistics, Culture, and Literature. Students should take 21 units of core courses and 9 units of electives. All upper division courses are conducted in the target language and require completion or equivalent of the four semesters of lower division Japanese language courses.

All upper-division language courses are designed to develop competency in four skills and content. However, JAPN 311 and 312 emphasize spoken Japanese at advanced level, while JAPN 301 and 302 emphasize reading and writing at advanced level. The content courses represent three areas of study - Japanese culture, linguistics, and literature. The culture courses provide an overview of Japanese history from the prehistoric times to contemporary Japan, and an insight into Japanese culture and society. The linguistics courses introduce the sound, meaning, syntactic and discourse structure of language, and offer a comparison of Japanese and English as well as other languages. The literature course introduces selected major literary works, which will provide sources to cultivate literary appreciation and to develop cultural understanding of Japan.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses accepted for the Japanese program. The exit requirement is "Advanced" level Japanese language proficiency.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the teaching credential, prospective teachers of Japanese are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this catalog or the website ( for a description of professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the Japanese Education Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their program.

The Japanese Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Core Requirements

24 upper division units selected from the following areas:

1. Language:

  • JAPN 301 Advanced Japanese (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 202 or equivalent as determined by instructor.
  • JAPN 302 Advanced Japanese (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 301 or equivalent as determined by instructor.
  • JAPN 311 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 202 or equivalent as determined by instructor.
  • JAPN 312 Advanced Spoken Japanese (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 311 or iequivalent as determined by instructor.

2. Linguistics:

  • JAPN 461 Structure of the Japanese Language (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor.

3. Literature:

  • JAPN 471 Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature (3)
    Prerequisite: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or equivalent as determined by instructor.

and one of the following:

  • JAPN 371 Survey of Japanese Literature (3)
    Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and 312, or consent of instructor

4. Culture:

JAPN 451 Japanese Civilization (3)
Prerequisites: JAPN 302 and JAPN 312, or consent of instructor.


Take a total of 6 units selected from at least two different areas in consultation with a program advisor based on the student's background, interest, and teaching plans.

  • Language: JAPN 421, JAPN 422
  • Linguistics: JAPN 462, JAPN 463, JAPN 481
  • Literature: JAPN 371
  • Culture: JAPN 350; JAPN 492
  • Variable Subjects: JAPN 490; JAPN 497

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