Single Subject

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.

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.

Program Details

Program Duration

12 months (full-time), part-time available.

Learning Environment

In-person, Monday–Thursday, afternoon/evening classes.

Average Class Size

Small cohort sizes

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 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