Single Subject Program

The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to provide instruction in approved subject areas in a departmentalized classroom. In reality, almost all junior and senior high school teachers hold the single subject credential. Single Subject Teaching Credentials can be obtained in the following teaching areas:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • French
  • Geoscience
  • General Science
  • German
  • Health Science
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Science History
  • Spanish

The Single Subject Program is a postbaccalaureate program organized that candidates complete in two semesters. Each semester candidates complete a set of field experience or student teaching activities and take a full-time complement of courses. Candidates are placed in an urban partner school for the entire academic year, where they have the opportunity to fully engage in the life of the school and forge meaningful relationships with their mentor teachers and with groups of students. Coursework in the program follows an innovative spiral schedule, where courses are taught in 8 week modules, with content aligned to meet the needs of the candidates as they take on increasing responsibilities in their host classrooms for instructional planning, teaching and adjunct teacher duties (e.g., student mentoring/support, parent meetings, support for extra curricular activities, etc.).

Becoming an effective teacher for an urban setting is the focus of all activities, tasks and learning in our single subject teacher preparation program. We do offer two specialized pathways: one focuses on the content, skills and experiences related to Linked Learning programs in partner high schools (Linked Learning) and the other is for candidates with bilingual skills in Spanish or Hmong. Interest in the bilingual authorization is ascertained during the admissions process. We survey all admitted candidates for interest in the Linked Learning pathway once their confirmation of matriculation has been received.

For more information about the Single Subject Credential, visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Single Subject page.

Bilingual Authorization: For those with fluency and literacy skills in Spanish or Hmong, you may wish to add a bilingual authorization to your preliminary credential. Visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing page for more information about the bilingual authorization AND speak to one of our program advisors (Kathe Goodwin: (916) 278-5552, Ashley Ciraulo-Stuart: (916) 278-5728 or Karina Figueroa-Ramirez: (916) 278-4324) about this option in our multiple subject credential programs.

Career Options

  • 7 - 12 Teacher
  • Private Teacher
  • Consultant
  • Evaluator
  • Manager

Programs Offered

Single Subject

Additional Information

Credential Program Information Session Type
Single Subject Credential Program Information Session pdf

Teaching Credentials
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401