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Single Subject Credential Program

A teacher with a Single Subject Credential is authorized to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized schools. This is commonly done in California high schools, junior high and middle schools. However, a teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach any subject in his or her authorized fields at any grade level:  pre-school, kindergarten and grades one through twelve; or in classes organized primarily for adults. (Music, Physical Education, Art, and Foreign Language teachers in elementary schools usually have Single Subject Credentials). 

The Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) at CSULB is a state-approved program that prepares teachers in eleven subject areas (Art, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Industrial Technology, Languages Other Than English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education & Adapted Physical Education, Science, and Social Science).  The program includes courses in the single subject teaching area, in Secondary Education (EDSE), and in Single Subject Education (EDSS).

Philosophy of the Single Subject Credential Program

The Single Subject Program grounds its philosophy in a bedrock principle clarified by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future: What teachers know and can do makes the crucial difference in what children learn.

Building on this core principle, the program has as its overarching purpose the preparation of high quality beginning teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and dispositions that will enable them to provide the conditions for meaningful, instrumental learning for all students so that they may become active citizens in a democratic, increasingly global, technology-driven society.

The program believes that a skilled teacher provides engaging, meaningful, and intellectually challenging learning opportunities for all students by drawing on a strong foundation in the liberal arts for a broad understanding of the human historical, aesthetic, spiritual and political condition; a deep knowledge of subject-specific content in the teacher’s discipline; a range of pedagogical strategies to utilize in appropriate teaching contexts; and a sensitive understanding of students from diverse backgrounds with diverse social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

The program understands that it plays a critical foundational role in the preservice phase of teacher development.  Graduates should leave the program as educators committed to life-long learning for themselves and their students, as professionals committed to growth and development throughout their careers, and as advocates of socially responsible education in a pluralistic society.

Single Subject Information Meeting

Interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher?  Come learn about the requirements for the Single Subject Credential Program at CSULB.  There is no need to sign up for any of the meetings. Click here for future dates: Information Meetings

Student Teaching Applications

Students planning to student teach in Spring 2015 must attend a mandatory application meeting during Fall 2014 in order to apply for Spring 2015 Student Teaching.  Dates and times for Fall student teacher application meetings will be posted soon.  Please note: this meeting is intended for students who will have met all requirements to advance to student teaching in Spring 2015.

Petition Meetings

Appeals to program decisions, or requests for Single Subject Credential Program policy waivers, are made by filing a written appeal to the Single Subject Credential Program Petition Committee. The petition committee only meets during the academic year. Here is a link to further information on petitioning program policy; SSCP Petitions.