Single Subject (Middle/High School) Teaching Credential

The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program is designed to prepare qualified candidates with the course work and field experiences needed to enable them to effectively teach their subject in California public schools, particularly middle and high schools.

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The Department of Secondary Education offers teacher preparation in the following subject areas:

  • Art
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science

Those who earn a Single Subject Credential through our approved SB 2042 compliant program will be authorized to teach provide the following services to English learners: (1) instruction for English language development in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults; and (2) specially designed content instruction delivered in English in multiple-subject-matter (self-contained) classes.

The program can be completed in two semesters of full time enrollment. Candidates who are currently teaching as a pre-intern or intern may be eligible for the internship program; the courses must be distributed over a minimum of three semesters and four semesters are recommended.

We offer this program in both fall and spring semesters. Those with the subject area of Art, Foreign Language, Physical Education or Music are encouraged to apply for fall admission only, and will not be able to finish the program in two semesters with a spring semester start, due to the availability of Curriculum and Instruction courses.



Program Options

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The Single Subject Intern Program is a part-time, alternative teacher certification program for classroom teachers who are earning a teaching credential at the same time as they are employed by a public school. If you are currently employed or have received an offer of employment with a public school district in the Bay Area, you may qualify for this intern program. 

To confirm eligibility for the single subject intern program contact Dr. Nathan (Natalio) Avani at (415) 338-7649 or



Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be posted before starting the program 

  • GPA: 2.67 overall or 2.75 in last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units 

  • Early Field Experience in a public classroom setting 

  • Fulfill Subject Matter Competency Requirement 

  • Fulfill Basic Skills Requirement 

  • Fulfill Second Language Requirement 


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