This program specifically prepares teachers for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California Public Schools. The program prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the secondary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is that all students (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable learners and educators can make a difference in their lives. Currently, Single Subject Credentials are offered in mathematics, English, and the sciences, and history/social studies.
The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program prepares teachers to work with students in subject specific content areas in departmentalized schools. Single Subject Credential Teachers most often teach in departmentalized middle, junior and high schools.
Admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program
- Application - Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education. Applications to the School of Education are available online at: http:// education.csuci.edu/credentials/appprocess.htm.
- CBEST Examination - Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. Students are urged to take this examination at the earliest possible time after deciding to pursue a teaching credential. CBEST must be passed before certification or intern teaching.
- Subject Matter Preparation - Prior to admission to the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program, students may complete a state approved subject matter program in the specific content area from other colleges or universities. Students who have not completed a state-approved subject matter program must pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in the subject matter area of the single subject credential prior to admission to the Credential Program. The CSET examination results are valid for five years from the date of passing and must be valid upon final completion of the program.
- Prerequisite Courses in Education (17 units, 26-27 units with the Bilingual Authorization) - If taken at CI, the courses must be completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program with a grade of “C” or better. If an equivalent course at another college or university has been taken, it must have been completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the program.
Additional Bilingual Authorization Requirements 9-10 units
Select one from the following:
- U.S. Constitution - Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution demonstrated by completion of two units (from a semester program) of a college level course or college level examination.
- Grade Point Average - A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 or 2.75 in the last 60 semester units completed to be admitted into the Single Subject Credential Program offered at CI. If a student does not have the required GPA, conditional admission may be available on a limited basis.
- Health Clearance - Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin clearance is valid for four 4 years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may be completed at a private physician’s office, the County Health Department, or the CI Student Health Center.
- Certificate of Clearance - Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission to the Teaching Credential Program. A copy of an emergency permit satisfies the clearance requirement. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Official Transcripts - One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions and Records.
- Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and potential to work with children must be submitted with the program application.
- Experience - At least 45 hours of documented field experience in a 7-12 classroom or an equivalent documented field experience must be completed.
- Bachelor’s Degree. A bachelor’s degree or, for the student still in his/her last term, all undergraduate academic subjects for a bachelor’s degree must be completed or in progress before entering the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program. A bachelor’s degree is a requirement for teacher certification.
- Interview - An interview is conducted by the School of Education Admissions Committee once all other portions of the admissions requirements are complete. Students are not eligible for financial aid as a credential student until all admissions requirements are met including the interview.
- Writing Sample - Writing samples are required as part of the application and will be provided during the on-campus interview portion of the application process.Writing samples are required as part of the application process.
Note: Certification in adult, infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) competency is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for an initial issuance of a teaching credential. For the initial issuance of a Single Subject Credential, CCTC also requires passing the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT).
Bilingual Authorization: Spanish Emphasis Language Assessment. Students who wish to complete the Bilingual Authorization Emphasis in Spanish should sign up for the language assessment (CSET: Spanish III) prior to admission. The CSET: Spanish III must be passed prior to entering a bilingual Spanish student teaching placement. Please visit the website of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com) for more information.
Program Maintenance Requirements: As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better, with no course grades lower than a C+.