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A Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. However, a teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach any subject in his or her authorized fields at any grade level: preschool, grades K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults. Cal State East Bay offers credentials in:

  • Art
  • English
  • Foundational Mathematics
  • Foundational Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Languages Other Than English (French, Hindi, Mandarin, or Spanish)
  • Mathematics (all areas)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, or Physics)

It is a full-time one year cohort based program.  Candidates begin a full load of classes in June in summer.  During the fall and spring semesters candidates are in their field work five days a week and generally have classes two to three evenings per week.  The program only accepts candidates for June admissions.

The department also offers an alternate route to certification (Intern Program*).  This application process is the same for both the traditional and Intern programs.  Application and acceptance into the Intern* program occurs after program acceptance, usually after summer classes have started.  The year-long schedule is the same for both options. 
*Not all applicants are eligible for the Alternate Route to Certification (Intern Credential). In order to ensure a quality educational experience for California students the department's minimum requirements are 150 hours (documented) in a Pk-12 classroom at grade levels appropriate to your credential goal and your letters of recommendation must address your abilities to handle a classroom on your own.  The department may take other factors into consideration but having an offer of employment from a district does not guarantee that the university will recommend an Intern Credential.  The department reserves the right not to recommend an Intern Credential even if minimum requirements are met.  Please note according to the regulations of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing an Intern Credential cannot be issued until summer classes are successfully completed with a "B" or better.   Applicants interested in the Alternate Route to Certification may submit the Intern Approval Form to their program coordinator, after the have been admitted to the program.

Application Process

Review Information Session: All applicants are highly encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our website.

NOTE:  Applicants must submit two applications to be considered for the program; one to the department and one to the university through Cal State Apply.

Review Application Checklist (below): Start early.  We use a rolling admissions process and candidates with complete applications may receive early admissions.
Please note: Not all application checklist items will apply to your application option. 

 Deadline Dates

Department Applications
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

 Applications open: November 1, 2018

Applications close: April 1, 2019

Document deadline: April 15, 2019

University Application
(Cal State Apply)

 Applications open: February 1, 2019

Applications close: April 1, 2019

Document deadline: April 15, 2019

Credential Application Requirements

1. Department Application: Complete the online application.

2. University Application: Complete the online application at Cal State Apply.  There is a $55 application fee.

3. Transcripts: You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted and be in good academic standing. Official transcripts must be submitted in person or by mail to Graduate Admissions and the Credential Office at:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542

*Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended.

Credential Student Service Center
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542

*ONLY official bachelor degree bearing transcript.


IMPORTANT! You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them to both offices separately. The department does not accept electronic transcripts, however, the university does accept electronic copies of transcripts for your University file. Have transcripts for your University application send directly from the institution to

If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed post baccalaureate coursework at another institution.

Please note: If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree at a school other than Cal State East Bay you will be required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar’s and one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded.  Your bachelor's degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Foreign transcripts (if applicable) - Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation of that coursework by an approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit

4. Admissions Checklist: The Admissions Checklist needs to be submitted with your application, only once. You will need to sign and date the bottom.

5. Certificate of Clearance: Serves as evidence of having undergone the fingerprint, character and identification process required by the CTC: You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.

  • Examples of CTC documents include, but are not limited to: Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permits, Short-Term Staff Permits, Child Development Permits, and other documents for which a fingerprint clearance is required for issuance.
  • Submit document printout from CTC website that displays the document name, issuance date and expiration date. Document must remain valid while in the program.
  • Please note that the school you are placed at for student teaching may require additional fingerprinting.
  • Live Scan form

6. Basic Skills Requirement: Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English and shall have taken an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Applicants must either A) submit proof of meeting the basic skills requirement or B) submit proof of registration for the required exams.  Proficiency is verified by submission of one of the following:

  1. Passing the CBEST exam. Submit a legible hard copy of the official California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) full score report or other approved documentation as noted on the BSR leaflet. You may submit the online score report with the barcode displayed or a copy of the report. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. Information about the CBEST can be found at Submit a legible hard copy of the official score report.
  2. Passing basic skills examination from another state.
  3. Passing the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations

For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options,

7. Subject Matter Competency:  The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought.  Applicants must either A) submit proof of meeting the subject matter competency or B) submit proof of registration for the required exams or C) proof that your Subject Matter Waiver Letter is in process in order to receive an interview.

The Single Subject credential candidate shall have achieved a passing score on any CSET that is required for the credential sought or satisfactorily completed a subject matter program appropriate to the credential and approved by the CTC—submit the signed original waiver documentation along with course evaluation.

The CSETs can be quite challenging.  About half of the applicants need to retake one or more subtests.  Take them early and allow yourself time to retake them, if necessary. State Law requires that candidates possess subject matter competency as demonstrated by CSETs or Subject Matter Waiver prior to working with TK-12 students in field placements. Priority admission is given to applicants who have the CSETs passed prior to the document deadline. Conditional admitted candidates who fail to pass the CSETs prior to start of field work will be dismissed from the program. Hard copies of test scores need to be submitted to the CSSC before you can begin the program, if admitted. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. More information on the CSETs can be found at

8. Negative Tuberculosis (TB): Submit legible photocopy of your TB test results provided by your healthcare provider that include the date taken and date read from within the past two years.

  • You must maintain current TB test results throughout your entire program. If your results expire during the program, you will need to retake the test. TB skin tests are valid for 3 years and chest x-rays are valid for 5 years.
  • You may also be required to have more recent results by the fieldwork site.

The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first semester in the program and is submitted to the University’s Student Health Center.

9. 45 hours of Early Field Experience: Documented field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 classroom or a documented field experience from the past three years. Pre-professional experience must be in a classroom or classroom-like setting with groups of adolescents ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17).  Art, music, physical education or science applicants want to teach in elementary grades may fulfill a portion of their early field experience with groups (5 or more) of children ages five (5) to eleven (11).

For the single subject program:

  • At least 15 hours must be in a California public school classroom setting within the last two years. An acceptable public school experience includes work as a substitute teacher, para-educator, instructional aids, or classroom volunteer. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • The remaining 30 of the 45 hours minimum must have been satisfied within the last three years. These hours may be completed in public or private school settings; in community-based venues such as the YMCA, park recreations center, or in a structured summer camp, after-school, or other formally organized program. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • Submit original Early Field Experience Verification form. Use as many forms as needed to verify the total hours.

*If you have taken TED 3001 (or TED 301) at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of your early field experience. To show proof, you will need to print an unofficial transcript from your MyCSUEB and circle the class so we can see that you received credit.

10. U.S. Constitution: Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following   

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a CSU campus in any major; indicate this option on the checklist and do not submit an additional transcript for the Department packet, or
  • An authorized college level course (2 semester or 3 quarter units). Make a photocopy of your official transcript(s)—this is from your personal transcript copy; you must not open the official transcripts required for the admissions packet. (If the course is listed on your degree bearing transcript, you do not need to submit additional documentation.) Circle the course(s) that you think may satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement and include a printout of the course description(s). There is no expiration date for course validity. Please note the course grade(s) must be a “C” or better; or
  • Passage of U.S. Constitution examinations verified by a regionally-accredited college or university will be acceptable for certification purposes. Submit the official score report showing passage of the U.S. Constitution exam. For online U.S. Constitution exam, certification of completion must be printed in color.

11. Statement of Purpose and coversheet: The statement of purpose responds to both of the following questions in one word processed, double spaced 300-500 word essay:

  • Why do you want to work with groups of adolescents ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17)?  (see note under section 7)
  • How does your background and/or experience inform your decision to pursue a license that authorizes one to work with socially, culturally, and economically diverse groups of children in California?
  • Statement of Purpose coversheet

12. Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation that demonstrate suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools. Letters need to come from a person who has observed you teaching or working with groups of children in the age group you are pursuing your teaching credential. These observations must have been done within the last 3 years.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation on official letterhead, signed, and dated. If letterhead is not available, include a business card.
  • The letters should come from the same individuals that have observed your early field experience. The letters must be related to your experience working with groups of children related to the credential sought.
  • The individual writing the letter should be the teacher of record, not a student teacher.
  • Academic letters of recommendation are not acceptable.

13. Program Interview:  All program applicants are required to participate in an interview with a College of Education faculty member. You will be notified to schedule this interview after you have submitted your application packet

REMINDER: In order to be scheduled for an interview you must have submitted the following:

  • Department application
  • University application
  • Basic Skills Requirement
  • CSET scores, waiver letter, or proof of registration
  • Statement of purpose
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