The Single Subject Credential Program is a 44 unit program comprised of one prerequisite, four co-requisites, four core courses, and the capstone student teaching experience and student teaching seminar. EDSS 300, the prerequisite course, must be taken prior to other EDSS and EDSE courses. The corequisites may be taken prior to or concurrent with EDSS 300, or concurrent with the core courses. All course work must be completed prior to student teaching, except for the student teaching seminar which is taken concurrent with student teaching. Student teaching is a full teaching day, Monday through Friday, for approximately 20 weeks under the guidance of one or more cooperating teachers and a university supervisor.
Prerequisite: EDSS 300 (separate sections offered for each subject area)
Corequisites: EDP 301 or 302 or 305; HSC 411B; EDSP 350; Level I technology course or state-approved exam
Core Courses: EDSE 435, 436, 457; EDSS 450 (separate sections offered for each subject area)
Capstone: EDSS 472 and 473 or 572 and 573
Candidates in the 10 subject area programs can meet the computer technology requirement through the following courses: Art (ART 305), English (ENGL 337), Home Economics (FCS 287, 387), Health Science (ETEC 444), LOTE (RGR 470), Mathematics (MTED 301), Music (MUS 125T), KIN (KIN 354), Science (EDSS 300C, 450C, 472), Social Science (ETEC 444).
All professional coursework for the credential must be completed within seven years of admission to the program.
In addition to professional preparation, all credential candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by one of the following: (a) completion of a Commission-approved subject matter program; (b) passing scores on the CSET exam; (c) transcript review. Candidates should confer as early as possible with the Credential Advisor in their subject area to develop an efficient program plan.
Before beginning the Single Subject Credential Program, students should be admitted to the university. Apply for admission if you are (a) a graduating senior at CSULB, (b) transferring from another institution, or (c) returning to the university after an absence of one or more semesters. Admission to the university does not constitute admission or acceptance in the SSCP. Application to the program is normally made as part of the course requirements for EDSS 300. Students may take the EDSS 300 course as early as the junior year with a minimum of 60 units.
1. Complete the prerequisite course EDSS 300 in the appropriate subject area, with a minimum grade of "B."
2. Perform satisfactorily in the 45 hour field work requirement in EDSS 300.
3. Attain a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units attempted.
4. Complete a personal interview with program faculty.
5. Submit two letter of recommendation forms that speak to the candidate's potential for successful public school teaching.
6. Submit a written statement of professional goals and philosophy of education.
7. Provide evidence of fingerprint clearance (Certificate of Clearance) through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
8. Submit a tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray taken within the previous three years. Tuberculosis clearance must be valid through student teaching.
9. Take the CBEST exam. You must take all three parts of the exam. (Passage of the exam is required to advance to student teaching.)
10. Demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English by (1) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the reading portion of the CBEST exam or by (2) achieving a "C" grade or better in a course satisfying the General Education requirement in literature or philosophy and by (1) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the writing portion of the CBEST or by (2) fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
11. Demonstrate ability to communicate orally in English at the level required of public school teachers by demonstration of English production skills in the course EDSS 300 and through an oral interview with subject matter program faculty. In the case of candidates for a credential in teaching Languages Other Than English, there is a bilingual interview requirement in English and the target language.
12. Demonstrate personality and character traits that satisfy the standards of the teaching profession and suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools through the application documentation, the personal interview, and performance in the course EDSS 300. Candidates must continue to demonstrate appropriate character and personality traits through completion of the program.
13. Submit a completed program application to the EDSS 300 instructor.
14. Complete all requirements for admission to the program unique to the candidate's subject matter program.
Successful completion of the Single Subject Credential Program leads to the Preliminary Credential, which is valid for five years.
1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
2. Satisfy the U. S. Constitution requirement (POSC 100 or 391 or exam or equivalent course from another institution).
3. Pass CBEST.
4. Hold a Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint check).
5. Demonstrate subject matter competence.
6. Complete all prerequisite, co-requisite, core and capstone courses with a "B" average and a minimum grade of "C". A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all EDSS and EDSE courses. A minimum grade of "B" must be attained in EDSS 450.
7. Demonstrate Level I Computer proficiency.
8. Successfully complete student teaching and student teaching seminar.
9. Obtain a score of 3 or better on all 4 tasks in the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment (Cal-TPA).
Student Teaching is a full day, full semester responsibility following the school district calendar. Students teach three classes which represent different aspects or levels of the single subject major. The other two periods are for preparation and observation. The university determines the specific student teaching assignment. There are a wide variety of schools and teaching situations available in the program service area representative of the diversity of the region.
Advancement to Student Teaching is based upon a second thorough assessment of the candidate's qualifications. The process involves an evaluation of the applicant's file and an interview with faculty in the Single Subject Program. The criteria for advancement are as follows:
1. Potential for success in teaching, as indicated by successful leadership, teaching experience, or work experience. Updated information regarding the candidate's most recent experience, including work in EDSS 450, forms the basis of this assessment.
2. Continuing motivation for and enthusiasm toward teaching, together with those personality traits believed essential for successful teaching. Evidence includes a strong recommendation from the instructor of the 450 class and further recommendations from faculty who have worked with or have interviewed the student since the time of admission to the credential program.
3. Academic competence, overall and in the teaching major. The level of academic achievement of candidates is expected to be above average.
1. Member in good standing of the Single Subject Credential Program.
2. A GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units, or 2.67 overall.
3. Complete all program courses, except Student Teaching and Seminar.
4. A minimum "B" grade point average in program courses, including prerequisites, corequisites and core courses, with no grade lower than "C." A minimum 3.0 grade point average must be maintained in all EDSS and EDSE courses. Completion of EDSS 450 with a minimum grade of "B."
5. TB clearance (clearance must be valid though completion of student teaching).
6. Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to the student teaching application deadline.
7. Course-takers must satisfy the subject matter mastery requirement prior to the first day of student teaching.
8. Proof of identity and character clearance (Certificate of Clearance)
9. Attend a student teaching application meeting and submit a student teaching application by October 1 or March 1 of the semester prior to student teaching.
1. Student Teaching applications are distributed at regularly held student teaching information meetings. Candidates for advancement to student teaching must attend a meeting. Meeting dates are posted outside the Single Subject Program office and are available on the website.
2. The application for Student Teaching is reviewed by the student's Single Subject major area. The Credential Center evaluates transcripts. The department then makes a recommendation to the University Single Subject Teacher Education Committee which takes final action. When approved by this committee, the student registers for student teaching. A priority system is used if sufficient funding is not available to allow all qualified applicants to enroll in student teaching.
3. A Certificate of Clearance must be on file in the Credential Center prior to the beginning of Student Teaching.
The Internship Program provides an opportunity for qualified Single Subject Credential Program candidates to work as teachers of record while completing their preservice preparation. Internship positions are offered by the district in consultation with the Single Subject Program. An internship is an entry-level paid teaching position in a regular public secondary school classroom. The Intern Credential holder is an employee of the school district on a contractual basis and is subject to all district employment policies. Interns are also program students, subject to program requirements.
Interns hold considerable responsibility as the classroom teacher of record responsible for designing, developing, and implementing curriculum and instruction for a full load of classes for the length of the school year. In addition, they are expected to be fully participating members of the school faculty, including service on school committees, supervision of student activities, and attendance at school and district meetings and inservices. Only candidates who are truly ready for the responsibility and heavy workload should become interns. Candidates should consult with their Credential Program Advisor and the University Coordinator as they explore the possibility of doing an internship.
To be approved for an internship, candidates must meet the following requirements: be in good standing in the program, be enrolled in at least one program course each semester, pass the CBEST, demonstrate subject matter competence (as determined by CTC subject matter requirements), have character clearance, demonstrate 120 hours of TPE training with 40 of those hours in ELL training, demonstrate relevant successful experience working with students, and show proof of meeting the U. S. Constitution requirement. The internship offer is made by the school district, and must be in the candidate’s teaching field. Interns cannot teach out of their field. Candidates must have the approval of the Credential Advisor in their subject area and the approval of the University Coordinator. Three must be a District/University Internship Agreement in place between the district and CSULB
Upon completing all program requirements for advancement to student teaching, Interns use their teaching position as the “student teaching” experience. Interns must submit an application to student teach by the regular deadlines: October 1 for Spring and March 1 for Fall student teaching. Interns register for 15 units of Intern Student Teaching and 2 units of Student Teaching Seminar. A University Supervisor observes the intern periodically during the term, conferences with the intern after site visits, and provides support as needed. The school provides a Site Support Teacher who functions as the Intern’s on-site mentor. Interns are evaluated on program evaluation forms that are based on the California Teaching Performance Expectations.
Intern Application Guidelines and application materials are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67). Late applications may not be approved until the following semester. Candidates should contact the Single Subject Program office for a list of districts with which the program has intern contractual agreements.
The Preliminary credential is valid for five years from the date of issuance and is not renewable. During the first five years of teaching, teachers earn the Clear Credential through their District-Sponsored Induction Program.
Course requirements for demonstrating subject matter competence in English are listed in the English Department under Bachelor of Arts in English, Option in English Education. Subject matter competence may be met through completion of 35 core units and 18 breadth and perspective units. Consult with the Single Subject English Education Advisor for specific academic advisement and program information.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
(French code 152, German code 153, Italian code 154, Japanese code 155, Latin code 156, Spanish code 158)
Course requirements for demonstrating subject matter competence in individual Languages Other Than English are listed under the Bachelor of Arts requirements in the appropriate department (French, German, Spanish: Romance, German and Russian Languages Dept.; Japanese: Asian and Asian American Studies Dept.; Latin: Comparative World Literature and Classics Dept.). In each instance, the Bachelor of Arts degree leads to subject matter competence in the language. Consult with the Single Subject Languages Other than English Education Advisor for specific academic advisement and program information. The LOTE Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.
Course requirements for demonstrating subject matter competence in Health Science are listed in the Health Science Department under Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Option in School Health Education. Subject matter competence may be met through completion of 30 lower division units and 46 upper division units. Consult with the Single Subject Health Science Single Subject Advisor for specific academic advisement and program information. The Health Science Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.
The Social Science subject matter program is currently under revision. Consult the Social Science program advisor for new program requirements.