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World Languages: LOTE

World Languages: LOTE

Welcome to the Single Subject Credential Program:

World Languages, Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

*Please note that all incoming credential students must first meet with the advisor, Cynthia Leathers to go over program requirements and plan a schedule*

Please email Professor Leathers for a Zoom appointment at:


2021 Summer Advising

Select Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00

by appointment

May 26
June 2, 16, 23
July 28
August 4


We are going back to campus for Fall classes!

Some Single Subject Credential classes will still be available online, but we are coming back with many hybrid classes for fall

and hopefully full F2F instruction in Spring 2022


Wishing you good health! Salud! Bonne santé! Gute Gesundheit!


The World Languages: LOTE single subject credential enables you to teach elementary, middle school, and high school world language classes in California public schools. The credential has two major parts - subject matter (the language other than English of your choice) and pedagogy (teacher preparation courses). In order to demonstrate subject matter competency you must either complete a CTC-approved program or pass the appropriate CSET examinations.

At CSULB, there are five CTC-approved subject-matter programs in Languages Other Than English: French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Nevertheless, candidates who wish to become credentialed in a language other than these five subjects may also demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the CSET Exams in Arabic, ASL, Japanese,  Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Khmer and qualify for the credential program.

The professional preparation program will help you learn how to teach in a pluralistic society. In these ten courses you will learn about teaching methodology, curriculum design, culturally responsive pedagogy, assessment, evaluation of student progress, and classroom management. You will also learn about today's schools and how you can most effectively impact the diversity of students you will find there.  We have three subject-specific courses--EDSS 300F, EDSS 450F, EDSS 473F--and our World Languages LOTE instructors will prepare you to teach with strategies informed by second language acquisition theory and other research-based practices. 

Besides completing the subject matter requirements and the professional preparation program, all credential candidates must complete a Bachelor's Degree, pass the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST), and meet the US Constitution requirement.

Prior to enrolling, all candidates should visit the World Languages LOTE Credential Coordinator and their Subject Matter Advisor at the earliest possible date to create a program plan. We encourage all applicants to pass the CBEST and CSET exams as soon as possible as these are needed to progress to student teaching.

For more information about the Single Subject Credential Program (overview, courses, credential requirements), please visit our SS website: SSCP

CBEST: All California teachers must pass the Basic Skills requirement, ususally referred to as CBEST. This is a basic skills exam consisting of Reading, Writing and Math. We encourage you to take and pass this before enrolling in our program. An added advantage to passing it prior to enrollment is that with the CBEST and a BA, you will qualify for substitute teaching in almost any district in Southern California. According to our program graduates, substitute teaching is the best way to prepare for successful student teaching. There are also other ways to fulfill the Basic Skillls Requirement. See link below for all options.

For information and testing dates for the CBEST:  CBEST. If you think you might meet the Basic Skills Requirement via a different set of exams, check this list: BASIC SKILLS

CSET: If you have earned a BA in Spanish, French, Italian, German or Latin at CSULB, you will meet Calfifornia Subject Matter Competency via a CSET Waiver.  If you do not have one of these BA degrees, it is likely that you will need to take the CSET exam in your language. Note that we can only provide waivers for students who graduate from our programs or for those who have equivalent coursework. Read more about these tests here: CSET


For information about enrollment and tuition, please visit these CSULB websites:  TUITION  ENROLLMENT

For tips in making the enrollment process easier, follow these four STEPS.


**Currently, as a result of COVID, CBEST and CSET candidates do not have to take or pass the CBEST or CSET prior to provisional admission, but should try to register for these important exams as soon as possible.

**GPA: You can be admitted to the University with a 2.5 GPA, but you will not be admitted to the Single Subject Credential Program with less than a 2.67 GPA



 In order to participate in the Single Subject Credential program you must possess a Social Security number. Please consult with an advisor for International Students for details that will help you plan for our program:  ISS  


All students must have an advisement appointment prior to beginning coursework. Please contact me to set up an appointment to plan your path toward a single subject credential.

2021 Summer Advising - Zoom Appointments

Select Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00,  by appointment

May 26
June 2, 16, 23
July 28
August 4


Directions/Parking Information


My office is AS-317 and the AS building is next to the library. You may find the most visitor parking in Lot E1 where there are short-term meters. It’s a 10-15 minute walk from there. Please note that CSULB is undergoing a lot of construction which affects parking. Sometimes you will luck out and find metered parking closer to my building—near EED 1, but there are limited spaces (on the map below see turn around area between Lot E8 and EED 1).  Some students also find metered parking in Lot G15 which is a smaller lot but does have meters.


Here is our parking map: MAP


Cynthia Leathers
Single Subject Credential Advisor/Coordinator
World Languages: LOTE

Need assistance when I am not available? Visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center: TPAC
For information about jobs, workshops and news about world languages, visit the LOTE Facebook page:  FACEBOOK


For more information about the individual language programs ....



How long does it take to complete the credential program?

A full-time student can complete the entire program including student teaching in three semesters. Many students choose a slower path,  and four semesters is often the best choice for students who have work and family commitments. We will work with you to create a course plan that fits with your schedule. Keep in mind that many of our courses include fieldwork hours. 

When should I take the CBEST?

As soon as possible! There are many reasons for getting this test passed before you begin the program. First, getting this important requirement completed prior to taking EDSS 300F will allow you more time to focus on the 45 hours of fieldwork and assignments that make this class so rigorous. Second, once you have a BA and this test, you will qualify to be a substitute teacher in any district. Subbing is not only great experience, but it provides flexible employment and invaluable opportunities to network and make yourself known at local schools. Lastly, while the CBEST is a basic skills assessment, many LOTE students struggle with the writing portion because they learned English as a second language. Begin early so you can retake any portion of the exam that is difficult for you. See link above for more information.

What is student teaching like?

During student teaching you will be in charge of three classes (usually at a high school) under the supervision of one or two master teachers. You will plan and deliver lessons, assess progress, assign grades, meet with parents and counselors and perform most of the duties of the regular teacher. A university supervisor will visit and coach you during the semester and you will attend one class, EDSS 473F, a student teacher seminar. You will also complete two TPAs during your student teaching.

What are TPAs?

Teaching Performance Assessments are state mandated projects you must complete to earn your credential. 

When can I attend an information meeting to learn more about the SSCP?

We offer monthly meetings. The schedule is available here: TPAC

How much does it cost to earn a credential?

See TUITION link above. You can also learn more about costs and financial aid at teh monthly information meetings.

How do I apply to CSULB for the Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP)? 

The application process is fairly simple. First apply to CSULB . When you are enrolled in the EDSS 300F class, you will begin compiling a portfolio for application to the SSCP. Your 300 instructor will guide your through this.

The CSU application process was updated this year and is a little tricky. Please go to this page for detailed instructions that will help you navigate Cal State Apply:  APPLY TIPS

When is the enrollment deadline?

To enroll in Fall semester, you must be enrolled by June 1. For spring the deadline is November 1. See the ENROLLMENT link above to confirm deadlines for the desired semester and obtain more information.

Will I be paid for student teaching?

No. There is no compensation for student teaching.

I already have a credential and would like to add on a world language. How is that done?

It is easy to add a language if you have a credential in another language (French credential, add Spanish for instance). You need only prove subject matter proficiency via the CSET exam or coursework. You may also add a world language to an existing multiple or single subject credential. You need to show subject matter proficiency and then take EDSS 450F. Please contact me if you would like to set this up. We need CSET scores or a waiver before we can approve enrollment in EDSS 450F.

I have taken some courses in French but not enough to get a waiver. Could I take one or two CSET exams in combination with the coursework to meet subject matter competency?

No. You must meet SMC via the CSET or coursework, but not via a combination of the two.

Do I need a social security number to enroll in this program?

Yes, you will need this as part of your background check to receive your security clearance from the CTC.

Can I complete the credential program and a Masters program at the same time?

No. The University does not allow this. You need to choose the program you want to finish first. Student Teaching is the benchmark semester for our program and requires a full commitment.

Will I be able to find a job when I have completed my credential?

We are entering a time of teacher shortages in California. This varies by subject and level, but in the last three years, 95% of the finishing CSULB World Languages LOTE student teachers have found a job within a few months. You will find recent candidates working in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, ABC District, Placentia-Yorba Linda, Tustin, Santa Monica, and Huntington Beach, just to name a few local districts.