Single Subject - Student Teaching Track Credential

The Single Subject Credential program is designed for post-baccalaureate students who will take courses to prepare them to receive a Single Subject Teaching Credential. All courses and experiences are created under the guidelines as recommended by the Credential of Teaching Commission (CTC).

Admission to the university must precede admission to the credential program. This is a three-semester program for full-time students. Part-time students can complete the program in two years or more.

Admission to the Program and Student Teaching

In addition to the general requirements for the University, students must meet specific requirements for admission prior to enrolling in the program:

  1. Successfully complete the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  2. Demonstrate Subject Matter Competency (SMC) in the content area they plan to teach. Subject Matter Competency can be demonstrated by having a degree from a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) waiver program or passing (if necessary) the appropriate CSET and/or Single Subject Assessment for Teaching (SSAT) examination as early as possible to be able to provide verification of passing scores with their application for admission to the program;
  3. Complete the Program Application File (PAF) and submit it to the Credentials Office, CE-102;
  4. You must complete the online University Application to be admitted as a Graduate Student. You will need to submit transcripts from each institution attended (with the exception of California State University, San Bernardino) to Graduate Admissions by the deadline. 
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation – These letters must be completed on our Letter of Recommendation forms. Please obtain these letters from someone who is able to address your scholastic performance and suitability for teaching (a family member cannot complete these letters);
  6. Advising Form – You will need to either attend an information session or schedule an appointment with a Single Subject Advisor to obtain this form and submit with your Program Admissions File;
  7. Verification of Negative TB Test Results – Submit a copy, must include the following: Your name, agency where TB test was administered and read, signature from authorized personnel, date the TB test was read and that you have no presence of TB. Results are valid for four years;
  8. Verification of Certificate of Clearance – You must complete the Request for Livescan Service (41-LS) with a Transmitting Agency, then you will need to follow up with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing by submitting an application for your Certificate of Clearance;
  9. Academic Achievement
    1. Applicants must possess the following minimum grade point averages:
      1. A grade point average of 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate course work or at least 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted.
      2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education coursework with no course grade in this area lower than "B-." Students can only discount one grade in the program courses. They can only repeat a total of two courses in the program.
    2. Completion of one of the following approved subject matter preparation programs or these majors at this university:
      Single Subject Credential Degree Major
      Art B.A. Art (Plan I)
      English B.A. English
      Foreign Language B.A. Spanish or B.A. French
      Foundational Mathematics B.A. Mathematics
      Mathematics B.S. Mathematics
      Music B.A. Music (Music Education)
      Physical Education B.S. Kinesiology
      For further information on other majors, supplementary authorizations, examinations and waivers, students should contact the College of Education Student Services Office and/or the appropriate major department.
  10. All course work taken at another institution, or more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the director of the Single Subject Program. No more than 14 semester units of the credential program may be transferred. Student teaching is never transferable. Students transferring units from another institution may be required to take HSCI 1000 and ESPE 3350.
  11. Must complete an admission interview with Single Subject faculty to determine program fit.

Each applicant must complete SMC and have a B.A. degree in the content area they are planning to teach before student teaching and associated courses. 

Credential Requirements (30 units)

Once admission to the program has been granted and program requirements have been successfully completed, students may enroll in the following courses. Students must successfully complete all the courses in each semester before enrolling in subsequent semesters.

Foundational Single Subject Coursework
ESEC 6001Classroom Management & Pedagogy3
ESEC 6002Educational Equity and Advocacy3
ESEC 6003Pedagogical Foundations for English Language Learners in Secondary Classrooms3
ESEC 6004Adolescent Development and Educational Theory3
ESEC 6005Literacy Across the Content Areas3
ESEC 6006Secondary Education Special Topics (Capstone)3
Choose One of the Following Single Subject Methods Courses3
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Art
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: English
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: World Language
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Mathematics
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Music
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Physical Education
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Science
Methods of Teaching in the Content Areas: Social Science
Student Teaching
ESEC 6020Supervised Field Experience I3
Teacher Performance Assessments
ESEC 6034Teaching Performance Assessment Seminar3
Total Units27

Additional Information

Students who fail to successfully complete any program course with a "B-" or better will be denied continuation in the program. An appeal process is available. Consult the Program Coordinator for details.

Upon completing all requirements for the single subject program, the candidate will be awarded a certificate of completion from California State University, San Bernardino and may apply for a preliminary credential.

Within two years candidates must complete an Induction Program that is offered by the school district in which they secure employment. Preliminary credential students may obtain a professional clear credential by meeting the Induction Program of the school district.