Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential

Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential

Summer Term 2024 Priority Deadline: March 1st, 2024

The final deadline for the Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential program is April 1st, 2024.

Apply early to be eligible for our onramp program and start your classes in Spring 2024.

*For HNU Students: Contact our admissions team at to learn more about transfer assistance*



Our Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential program prepares you to become an expert in teaching your chosen subject. In just one year, our highly-respected program will prime you to meet California’s Teaching Performance Expectations and qualify you to teach in any public or private middle school, high school, or departmentalized elementary school in California.

Credential offered: Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential from the State of California


Learn More

We're here to help you navigate the application process every step of the way. Here are some resources to give you more information about what you'll need as you get started.

Program Duration

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12 months (full-time), part-time available. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed.

Learning Environment

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This program meets in-person, Monday–Thursday, afternoon/evening classes.

Average Class Size

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Small cohort sizes. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.



Use this Self Assessment tool provided by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to see if you've satisfied BSR.

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Meet With Us

Going back to school is a big step - our team is here to help you through it. To find out if our program meets your needs, fill out a quick form to schedule a meeting with an Admissions Counselor!

Why Single Subject Teacher Education?

Our teaching credential programs are the most well-respected in the educational community, and our students emerge as highly-qualified educators with the ability to teach in public/private schools throughout California from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our programs combine current research and theory with real-life classroom experience to round out your education. Coupled with Saint Mary’s Lasallian pedagogy and commitment to social justice, students are prepared to be reflective teachers and leaders in their school and community.

We offer a Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential in 8 subjects: 

  • Art
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • World Language

Getting your single subject teaching credential is a great first step toward a rewarding teaching career. Building upon your success in this program, you can go on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching in less than a year. Our program will help you continue to translate educational theory into practice. You'll also develop pedagogical expertise and further develop strategies to educate the whole child.

The automatic bump in salary that you’ll receive with this advanced degree is worth the small additional investment of your time.

The Justice, Community and Leadership (JCL) undergraduate major has a Single Subject Teacher Education 4+1 minor concentration; a special five-year cohort program that combines coursework with real-life classroom experiences. At the end of this program, you will have earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential, and an optional master’s degree. For Math and Computer Science majors, there is also a special 4+1 program within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science


Program Highlights

  • 35-unit curriculum aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession 
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential in 8 subjects
  • One-year full-time program; part-time option available
  • Admission twice a year, Summer term and January term
  • Courses held in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate student teaching and working education professionals
  • Program's emphasis in critical pedagogy, restorative justice, and culturally responsive teaching
  • Candidates are intern-ready after completing their first full-time semester of study
  • Field experience and student teaching that goes beyond state requirements
  • Supervised teaching placements in diverse settings with a focus on urban education
  • You learn with a cohort of fellow students throughout the entire program
  • Faculty members are highly qualified professors and educational leaders


Post-Grad Success

After earning a Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential you will be qualified to: 

  • Teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized K–12 classes in any elementary, middle school, or high school in California.
  • Teach in a public, private, charter, or parochial school.
  • Teach in adult education, provided that the workload consists of classes that are offered as specific sections/periods, or are considered departmentalized.
  • Teach sections designated as "Specifically Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE)" and  "English Language Development (ELD)" that allow you to support students in your content area with formal English-language needs.


Golden State Teacher Grant

Once admitted and enrolled in our Single Subject Teaching Credential program, consider applying for the Golden State Teacher Grant. Awards of up to $20,000 are available. Learn more and apply today.


NOYCE Scholarship at SMC

Saint Mary's undergrads are eligible to apply to become Noyce Scholars. Learn more and apply today.