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:


2022 - Summer Advising

By appointment
August 11                     
5-6:30     Spring -2023 Student Teacher Advising
August 18
3:30-6:00     Fall Student Teacher Orientatioin


Fall 2022 classes will be held on campus

Some Single Subject Credential classes will still be available online, but most Single Subject Credential courses will be taught F2F


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, but we support a total of twelve languages including Arabic, ASL, Japanese,  Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Khmer.  New CTC policies have expanded options for meeting SMC, so all candidates plan to discuss this important requirement with Cynthia Leathers to fully understand their options. Many candidates will need to take the CSET exams to meet SMC.

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. Our program emphasizes best practices which focus on helping students communicate in the target  language 

Besides completing the subject matter requirements and the professional preparation program, all credential candidates must complete a Bachelor's Degree, complete the Basic Skills Requirment (BSR/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

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT: All California teachers must pass the Basic Skills requirement, also referred to as CBEST.  New CTC policies have expanded options for meeting the BSR. Please review carefully the information on this page. Pay chose attention to Option 7 as many teacher candidates will be able to avoid the cost and stress of CBEST tests by showing college coursework that meets the BSR guidelines. 

Note that students who have completed their BA and the BSR requirement, 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. 


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.


**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

**Due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19 and the teacher shortage, the CTC has changed some policies. Some of the changes have been only temporary. Please check with your advisor rather than relying on hearsay as we are constantly receiving updates regarding these important requirements.



 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.

Many appointments can be handled via a Zoom meeting, so do not delay.

Email: Cynthia Leathers @


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 and general parking INFO


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 ....