English Single Subject Program

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are confident that if you come to CSULB for your English single subject credential you will leave well prepared to teach in our schools. We have a dedicated faculty who will help you on your journey to become an outstanding English teacher.

An English single subject credential enables you to teach middle school and high school English Language Arts. The credential has two major parts - content and pedagogy (or English & teaching). In order to demonstrate subject matter competency, you must complete prescribed courses in your field. You can do this by completing a degree in English or English Education from an approved and accredited institution of higher education. Another option is to successfully pass the CSET examination in English. California schools often teach a variety of activities, so the credential requires you to demonstrate breadth and depth in the content area. As you look at the list of required courses, you will see that you are required to complete lower division activity courses and upper division content courses. For the CSET examination, the content assessed basically replicates the coursework content of a typically English Education undergraduate program. The professional education courses will help you learn how to teach. In these courses you will learn how about culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies, methods so support academic, social, and emotional learning as well as how to build an effective learning environment to support the students in your care.

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Information Meetings

The SSCP offers monthly Information Meetings to provide an overview of credentialing in California, introduce the program, and answer specific questions. Prospective candidates are urged to attend this meeting, and similar meeting offered by other institutions, in order to make an informed choice of which program to enter.  Check the Single Subject Credential Program website for Information Meeting dates and times. If you have any questions, please call the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (562) 985-1105 or email ced-tpac@csulb.edu.