​Preliminary Single Subject Credential

The credential to make a critical impact.

Make an impact on students' lives during key years by teaching in the departmentalized classrooms found in grades 7-12. This program prepares you to apply for the teaching credential required by California Schools. (Note that most candidates earn this Preliminary Single Subject Credential while working toward a Master's Credential Cohort Program in Secondary Education. This program is offered in a one-year or two-year format and offers discounted tuition.)

With courses like Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools and Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society, you'll gain insights you can apply to your real classroom experiences during the program. You'll work with students in San Diego's own diverse community and start making a difference while you're mastering your teaching skills.

Choose from a variety of fulfilling credential subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • General Science
  • Geosciences
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Social Sciences

If you're interested in a different subject area, such as Music, Art, Physical Education, Business or Home Economics, get in touch with our admissions and outreach before applying.

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Courses built upon social justice, multiculturalism and teaching skill

Your Preliminary Single Subject Credential program builds on foundational teaching theories and methods to include specialized courses that apply to today's global educational environment. You'll take classes like Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society, and Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Cross-Cultural Contexts. Then bring your learnings to life through student teaching experiences.

See the program curriculum.