Single Subject Credential Program

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Basic Program and Structure

The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a departmentalized classroom. A departmentalized classroom is one in which the teacher specializes in his/her subject area and teaches that single subject only. Students go to their respective classes in different departments rather than being taught all subjects in one self-contained classroom. Single subjects are taught primarily at the secondary level, but some subjects (i.e., art, music, and physical education) may be taught by a single subject teacher at the elementary level.

Subject Matter Content Areas

Fall Semester

English, Social Science, Art, World Languages (Spanish and French), Foundation Level Math, Mathemathics, Music, Physical Education, Foundational Level Science, Physics, Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Biological Science, Geological Science.

California and University Single Subject Credential Requirements

  • Basic Skills Requirement - Candidates must provide verification that they have passed or registered for the CBEST exam with their application to the credential program. Registration for CBEST can be found at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. Please submit a photocopy of the test scores directly to the Credentials Office. It is also recommended that you indicate request for scores to be reported to SSU. Verification of Basic Skills must be completed and documented prior to beginning Phase I.
  • Subject Matter Competency Verification of subject matter competency must be completed and documented prior to beginning Phase I.
    • This requirement can be met in ONE of two ways:
      • Subject Matter Waiver: Document attesting that the candidate has completed an approved subject matter preparation program (i.e. English, Mathematics, or Music programs at SSU). Please see your program advisor at the institution where you received your BA for confirmation. Please provide waiver program completion letter or verification of enrollment in a waiver program.
        OR
      • Passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is required by the State of California prior to enrolling in a credential program.
      • Program applicants should register for the appropriate CSET exams and request for scores to be reported to SSU. CSET test dates, test registration procedures, deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/.  You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information.  
      • While passage of exam is not required to apply to the program, proof of exam registration is required to be considered for the program applicant interview which takes place in the spring semester prior to admission.
      • Passing scores for the CSET examinations must be received by our office no later than May 15 in order to be considered for a fall semester admission to the program. Please check the CSET website for test administration and result availability dates in order to meet this score receipt deadline. Submit photocopy of official score report directly to the Credentials Office.

      The sooner the exams are taken the better as it takes 4-6 weeks to receive official test results.

  • BA or BS Degree – Individuals may apply to a Single Subject Credential Program if they have a Bachelor’s degree OR SSU senior status of 90 units toward graduation OR if integrated program prior to award of credential
  • Certificate of Clearance (or copy of previous CA credential) – file with application to the credential program. Clearance must be met for full program admission.
  • Negative T.B. / Chest X-ray results file with application to the credential program
  • ** Prerequisite Coursework: EDUC 417 & EDSS 418complete satisfactorily PRIOR to beginning credential program
  • Legal Information Requirement- This requirement must be completed prior to applying to the program.
  • Course or exam in U.S. Constitution:
    • American Government or U.S. History – complete prior to award of the credential
  • Valid CPR card copy which covers Infant, Child and Adult CPR skills (no online) complete prior to award of the credential
  • Cumulative 3.0 grade point average upon completion of all credential program courses:
    • Individual course passing grade is a “ C” or better – includes prerequisites and program coursework

  • National Performance Assessment (edTPA) complete during credential program
  • Successful completion of clinical experience at teacher candidate’s placement
Prerequisites**

Prerequisites**

course number

units

course title

EDUC 417

3

School and Society

EDSS 418

3

Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood 

Credential Program Outline

course number

units

course title

Phase 1

EDSS 442

4

Middle / Secondary Teaching in Multicultural Settings

EDSS 443A

2

Observation and Participation in Multicultural Settings

EDSS 443B

3

Seminar: Classroom Management

EDSS 444

4

Teaching in the Content Areas

EDSS 446

4

Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum: Middle and Secondary Schools

Phase 2

EDSP 458

12

Student Teaching in Multicultural Settings

EDSS 459

4

Seminar: Student Teaching in Multicultural Settings

EDSS 433

3

Teaching Adolescents with Special Education Needs

Program: Phase 1 and Phase II = 36 units (42 including prerequisites)

All candidates completing fieldwork (participant observation or student teaching) in basic teacher education programs are required to carry professional liability insurance. Sonoma State University provides this insurance at no cost to the student.

**These prerequisite courses MUST be satisfactorily completed prior to beginning the program. If you believe you have completed comparable course work, you may petition to substitute these requirements. For more information on the petition process please contact the Credentials Office at credentials.office@sonoma.edu. Please note: Taking these courses does not guarantee admission into the credential program.