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:
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.
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.
Applications open: November 17, 2017
Applications close: May 1, 2018
Document deadline: May 1, 2018
Applications open: February 1, 2018
Applications close: May 1, 2018
Document deadline: May 1, 2018
1. Department Application: Complete the online application.
2. University Application: Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $55 application fee (Opens February 1, 2018).
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 from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted in person or by mail to Graduate Admissions and the Credential Office at:
Office of Graduate Admissions
*Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Credential Student Service Center
*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 university does not accept electronic copies of transcripts.
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 http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf
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: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl900.pdf. You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.
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:
For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options, http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf.
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.
Note: Per CSU Executive Order 1077, the official subject matter waiver documentation must be from a CTC-approved subject matter program. A comparison and analysis of student transcripts from a non-CSU, non CTC-approved subject matter program will not satisfy the CSU requirement for certifying subject matter competence.
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 www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_cset.asp.
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.
The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first quarter 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 of children ages five (5) to eleven (11).
For the single subject program:
*If you have taken TED 3001 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
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:
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.
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:
*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 with their university application.