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History / Social Science Credential Program

How do I become a secondary History/Social Science teacher?

In order to teach History/Social Science in California secondary schools, students must earn a teaching credential in History/Social Science. This web page provides information about the History/Social Science Credential Program at CSULB.

To obtain a credential to teach social science, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Pass the CBEST
  3. Either complete the Social Science Subject Matter Program or obtain a passing grade on the CSET examinations in Social Science.  Students are encouraged to undertake the Subject Matter Program as undergraduates or as post-bac students for certification.  For information regarding how to incorporate efficiently the subject matter into their major, undergraduates should seek credential advising early in their career at CSULB.  Students will find additional information about this requirement at the Subject Matter Competency link.
  4. Complete the Education Program.  Students will find information about the required sequence of Education courses here.

The Social Science Subject Matter Program at CSU Long Beach

Although courses in the subject matter program align with social science majors such as Political Science, Economics, and Geography, the closest alignment is with History because it is the core discipline in the California State History/Social Science curriculum.  The Social Science Subject Matter Program consists of 54 units directly related to courses taught in California schools grades 6 to 12:

Grade Six--World History and Geography: Ancient History
Grade Seven - World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times
Grade Eight - U.S. History and Geography: From Independence to 1900
Grade Nine - Elective
Grade Ten - World History, Culture and Geography: The Modern World
Grade Eleven - U.S. History and Geography: The Twentieth Century
Grade Twelve - American Government (one semester), Economics (one semester)

Subject matter courses may be taken concurrently with Education courses as long as the program is completed prior to the onset of student teaching.  Interested students will find the full list of subject matter courses here.

The Education Program for Social Science Credential Candidates

EDSS 300S serves as the prerequisites for all other education courses. Students may take EDSS 300S concurrently with other courses in the Social Science Subject Matter Program, but they may not enroll in any Core education courses until after the successful completion of EDSS 300S. CSULB undergraduates may take EDSS 300S beginning in their junior year.  Candidates must pass EDSS 300S with a B grade or better to be admitted to the Social Science Credential Program.   

Students may take the following co-requisite classes at any time prior to or after admission to the program:

H SC 411B - Health Science for Secondary School Teachers
ETEC 444 - Computer Technology in Education, Level I.  Note: This requirement may also be met by a passing grade on a state-approved examination.
EDSP 355b - Education of Exception Individuals
EdP 301, 302, or 305 Child / Adolescent Development / Educational Psychology

Note: All candidates must pass the CBEST in order to get the Credential. In addition, candidates must have an overall GPA of 2.67 in all college courses and major or a 2.75 in their last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units. Once a candidate is admitted to the Social Science Credential Program, the following courses must be completed:

EDSE 435 - American Secondary Schools/Intercultural Education
EDSE 436 - Learning and Instruction in a Multicultural Setting
EDSE 457 - Reading in Secondary School
EDSS 450S* - Methods in Teaching Social Science
EDSS 472 (A, B, C) plus EDSS 473S - Student Teaching. (15 units) and S.T. Seminar
OR
EDSS 572 (A, B, C) plus EDSS 473S - Intern Student Teaching (15 units) and S.T. Seminar
* It’s recommend that students take 450S just prior to Student Teaching and concurrently with HIST 401 (both require a B Grade)