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MS in Education plus Preliminary Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program

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The Preliminary Single Subject Credential authorizes you to teach single subject courses (within an approved field) required of the public school curriculum. This 50-unit program is primarily designed for individuals interested in teaching a single subject at the middle school, junior high, and senior high school levels. This teacher preparation program culminates in a MS in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Class 2011 Single Subject Teaching CredentialThe Preliminary Single-Subject Credential authorizes you to seek initial employment as a single-subject (secondary) teacher, but does not authorize ongoing teaching service.

After you earn your preliminary credential, you will need to complete professional preparation within five years of the date of issuance of your preliminary credential in order to continue ongoing teaching service as an educator.

To complete the Professional (Clear) Credential, you will be required to enroll in a commission-approved SB 2042 Professional Teacher Induction Program, usually called a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.


I have really enjoyed my time as a Penguin and have learned a great deal about the field of education. The teaching program is fantastic due in large part to the amazing staff members/ teachers. The teachers in the program do a great job of explaining what is expected of you and what to be mindful of.

—Alex Chapman ’10


Program Details

  • Small class sizes guarantee personal attention from experienced faculty and site supervisors.
  • Classes are generally held in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Observations and field work experiences take place during the regular school day.
  • Student teaching option, though an intern option is also available. 




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