Single Subject

 Become an expert teacher in your subject.  

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, qualifying you to teach in any public or private middle school, junior high school, or high school in California.

Coupled with our commitment to social justice, candidates from our program are prepared to be critical and reflective teacher leaders for all students in partnership with our communities.

Credentials offered:

Single Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential in 8 subjects:

  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History-Social Science
  • Art
  • World Language
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Benefits of our credential program:

  • Rigorous, student-centered 35 units curriculum aligned with California Standards for the Teaching Profession emphasizing critical pedagogy, restorative justice, and culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Field experience/student teaching that goes beyond state requirements
  • Personal attention from responsive, supportive cooperating teachers and college supervisors within a cohort-based program
  • Faculty members are highly qualified professors and educational leaders
  • Supervised teaching placements in diverse settings with a focus on urban education
  • An emphasis on the importance of working as partners with communities and schools to investigate, analyze, and reflect on best practices
  • One-year, full-time program; part-time program; undergraduate 4+1 program option available
  • Candidates are intern-ready after completing their first full-time semester of study
  • Admission in Summer and January

Master of Arts degree

Getting your single subject teaching credential is a great first step toward a rewarding teaching career. But in less than a year, you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching or a Master of Arts in Education. The automatic bump in salary you’ll receive with this advanced degree is definitely worth the small, additional investment of time.

Special pathway for undergraduates

Are you a freshman or sophomore interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher? Enroll in Justice, Community and Leadership Single Subject 4+1 program, 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 degree, a secondary teaching credential, and optional masters degree. For math and computer science majors, there is a special 4+1 program within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

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