Single Subject

 Become an expert teacher in your subject.  

Why a Single Subject Teaching Credential?

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.

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

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

Why a Credential from Saint Mary's College?

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.

Why get a Master of Arts in Teaching?

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.

Undergraduate Single Subject Credential Program

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.

Learning Outcomes

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 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