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, Foreign Language, Mathemathics, Music, Physical Education, 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 (Please be sure to indicate the SSU is approved to receive scores) Verification of Basic Skills must be completed and documented prior to beginning Phase I. Please submit a photocopy of the test scores directly to the Credentials Office.
  • 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.
      • Passage of CSET exam(s) is required by the State of California prior to enrolling in a credential program.Please provide a photocopy of your passing scores directly to the Credentials Office. It is also recommended that candidates indicate that SSU is approved to receive scores. CSET test dates, test registration procedures and deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information. Plan to take the CSET exam no later than the July test administration for Spring admission and no later than the January administration.
  • 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
    • GPA requirement - For admission, the candidate must have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted
  • 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

  • Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) complete during credential program
  • Successful completion of clinical experience at teacher candidate’s placement


course number


course title

EDUC 417


School and Society

EDSS 418


Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood 

Credential Program Outline

course number


course title

Phase 1

EDSS 442


Middle / Secondary Teaching in Multicultural Settings



Observation and Participation in Multicultural Settings



Seminar: Classroom Management

EDSS 444


Teaching in the Content Areas

EDSS 446


Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum: Middle and Secondary Schools

Phase 2

EDSP 433


Teaching Adolescents with Special Needs

EDSS 458


Student Teaching in Multicultural Settings

EDSS 459


Seminar: Student Teaching in Multicultural Settings

Program: 33 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 Please note: Taking these courses does not guarantee admission into the credential program.