Becoming a Secondary School Teacher

1. Complete a Single Subject Matter Preparation Program

Programs with asterisks (*) are majors that are fully compliant with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Students in other majors may have to take the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET). See your department advisor for your particular course of study.

Biology*Science: Biological Sciences
Chemistry*Science: Chemistry
Earth Science*Science: Geosciences
EconomicsSocial Science
FrenchWorld Language: French
GeographySocial Science
HistorySocial Science
JapaneseWorld Language: Japanese
MandarinWorld Language: Mandarin
Meteorology*Science: Physics
Physical EducationKinesiology
Physics*Science: Physics
Political ScienceSocial Science
Social SciencesSocial Science
SpanishWorld Language: Spanish
Speech CommunicationEnglish
Theater ArtsEnglish

Students who have completed or wish to complete another major may consult with the teacher preparation advisor from one of the listed programs to determine possible equivalence to Single Subject Matter Competency.

2. Apply for Admission to the Single Subject Credential Program

Applications to the Credential Program are accepted for both Fall and Spring semesters. Visit the program website at for information on how to apply. Please note that the process of meeting application requirements can take several months to complete, so plan ahead.

3. Complete a Professional Preparation Program leading to a Single Subject Credential

Requirements include:

Preliminary Credential (Level 1)

Non-renewable, valid for a maximum of five years.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Prerequisite: Certificate of Clearance of personal and professional fitness
  • Language and Literacy Development: EDSC 162
  • Social & Multicultural Foundations: EDSC 172A
  • Psychological Foundations: EDSC 173
  • Learning Environments: Methods and Management: EDSC 246
  • Research & Practices in Health and Special Ed: EDEL 294
  • Evaluation: EDSC 182
  • Phase I Student Teaching: EDSC 184X
  • Phase II Student Teaching: 184Y and 184Z in disciplinary departments
  • CalTPA
  • Subject-specific methods
  • CPR (adult, infant and child)
  • U.S. Constitution requirement
  • Technology requirement