Single Subject Credential

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

If you are a member of the Master's Credential Cohort Program (MCC), please know these credential requirements are in addition to the master's degree requirements found here

The Single Subject credential is designed to prepare candidates to teach subjects in a departmentalized situation typically found in middle and high schools. To demonstrate subject matter competency, candidates must meet the academic requirements of a USD-approved subject matter program, or pass the appropriate CSET examination in the subject field in which they wish to teach. The CSET exam must be passed prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit scores on the CSET exam prior to being admitted into the credential program. USD currently has one CCTC approved subject matter program in the area of Mathematics.

Requirements for the Single Subject Credential

I. Courses (33 units)

Required Courses
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 532PCurriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today's Global Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 534PMethods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 591SStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Seminar 13
EDUC 591PStudent Teaching for Single Subject Credential Practicum 19

EDUC 591S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 591P.

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST, CSET or successful completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program prior to student teaching;

United States Constitution requirement;

Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance;

  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult