Single Subject

Department Application and University Application: See the links below.

Applications and Requirements are the same for both the Single Subject Online Program and the Single Subject Campus Program. 

Summer 2023 Classes begin June 5, 2023

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. NOTE: You need to apply to and be accepted to BOTH the Department and to the University to be accepted to the program.  Review the Credential Application Requirements listed below and start early Summer Application Dates

Cal State East Bay offers credentials in:

  • Art
  • Dance**
  • English
  • Foundational Mathematics* 
  • Foundational Science*
  • Languages Other Than English (French, Hindi, Mandarin, American Sign Language, or Spanish)
  • Mathematics (all areas)*
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, or Physics)*
  • Social Science
  • Theater**

*Math and Sciences are NOT offered in Online Program

**Dance and Theater offered in Online Program only more info on Single Subject Online Credential Program


The program is a full-time one-year cohort-based program and only accepts candidates for June admissions. Candidates begin a full load of classes in June of the summer term.  During the fall and spring semesters, candidates are in their fieldwork placement five days a week and generally have classes two to three evenings per week. A rolling admissions process is used and candidates with complete applications may receive early admissions.

Single Subject Online Program: classes are all online synchronous and asynchronous.

Single Subject On-Campus Program: classes are offered on-campus with some sessions online. 

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 occur after program acceptance, usually after summer classes have started.  The year-long schedule is the same for both options. 

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our website.

Application Dates for Summer 2023

Department Application
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications open: November 15, 2022

  • Priority Deadline-February 10th, 2023
  • Second Priority Deadline-March 10, 2023
  • Final Deadline-April 1, 2023

Applications close: April 1, 2023, 11:59 PM

Document Deadline: April 1, 2023

University Application
(Cal State Apply )

Applications open: February 1, 2023

Applications close: April 1, 2023, 11:59 PM

How to Apply

Transcript deadline: May 1, 2023


Please note: Not all application checklist items may apply to your application option. 

Application Process

  • Review Information Before Applying: Attend a  Credential Information Session . Admission to the program is a two-step process: Department Application and review process and University Application and review process. Review the Credential Application Requirements
  • Apply to the Program with the Department Application: Review Credential Application Requirements, instructions, and deadlines. Start the Department Application early, save progress, upload documents, and submit by the deadline. There is a nonrefundable $25.00 fee for this application.
  • Apply to the University through Cal State Apply. There is a $70.00 non-refundable application fee. Please review the application to make sure you are applying to the correct term, campus, and program.
  • Only after you submit the University Application through Cal State Apply and get an email with your net id: Order official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent electronically to Cal State East Bay Admissions or if an email address is requested.
  • Both Graduate Admissions and the Credentials Office will have access to your electronic transcripts, so no duplicates are needed. Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts.

Click on the following link for a Cal State Apply Demo for Summer 2023

Cal State Apply Summer 2023 Demo


You need to apply and be admitted to BOTH the Department and to the University to be admitted to the program.

Important: Email is our primary form of communication to keep in contact with you throughout the application and admission process. Please add and to your contacts and check for CSU East Bay correspondence sent to your email personal email and horizon email. Check and clear your spam folder if needed. 

Once you submit the Department Application with the required documents your application will be reviewed, and you may be notified by email to schedule a program interview after February 1. 

University Application requirements will be listed on your To-Do List on your MyCSUEBActivate your netid.

APPLY EARLY-Once your Department and University Applications are submitted with the required documents, your file will be processed and reviewed. 

Please send updated documents for your submitted Department Application to with your full name, program name, and start term in the subject line.

Credential Application Requirements

The Admissions Checklist is for your reference. It does not need to be submitted with the application.

Complete the online Department Application with uploaded required documents and the $25 non-refundable application fee receipt. Please be sure to check the Save my progress and resume later box at the top of the application, so that you can update your application before it is submitted. Please use the same email to save and submit your Department Application. 

Once you start the Department Application and save your progress, your application will be in our system for review. Please name and upload all documents and screenshots as saved PDFs. If you submitted your Department Application without the required documents, it is incomplete. Send updated documents for your submitted Department Application file to with your full name, program name, and start term in the subject line.

Applicants who submit all ​Department ​Application documents by the priority deadlines will be notified of ​Department ​admission status sooner than those who do not. ​Department ​Applications will not be accepted after April 1, 2023. 

The statement of purpose should respond to both of the following questions in one 300-500 word essay:

  • Why do you want to work with groups of students between the ages of twelve (12) to seventeen (17)?
  • How does your background and/or experience inform your decision to pursue a license that authorizes you to work with socially, culturally, and economically diverse groups of children in California?
  • Statement of Purpose for Teaching Credential Programs

Provide two forms/letters of recommendation that demonstrate a suitable disposition for teaching in public schools.

  • At least one of the forms/letters should come from a person that has observed you working with school-age students 11-17 within the last 5 years.
  • The other form/letter can be from an Academic professor or professional supervisor.

Letter of Recommendation Form: Please send this form to two recommenders and have them complete it and send the saved form/letter back to you for your Department Application. 

Examples of acceptable recommenders are teachers, principals, job supervisors, employers, etc. who have observed you working with groups of children and/or can recommend your potential as a teacher. Family members are not acceptable.

  • Submit two forms or letters of recommendation on official letterhead, signed, and dated, with email and phone number.
  • The recommendation forms/letters must be related to your experience working with groups of children related to the credential sought. 
Please note that forms/letters should address your ability and readiness to work with students whose ages are applicable to the credential program (e.g., middle/high school for Single Subject). Recommendations should reflect experience within the last five (5) years. 

Documented field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 classroom or a documented field experience from the past five years. Pre-professional experience must be in a classroom or classroom-like setting with groups (5 or more) of children ages twelve (12)  to seventeen (17) for the Single Subject program.

  • At least 15 hours must be in a California public school classroom setting. An acceptable public school experience includes work as a substitute teacher, para-educator, instructional aide, or classroom volunteer. 
  • The remaining 30 of the 45 minimum hours may be completed in public or private school settings; in community-based venues such as the YMCA, park, recreation center, structured summer camp, after-school, or other formally organized programs
  • Submit Early Field Experience Verification Form. Use as many forms as needed to verify the total hours.
If you have taken TED 301 at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of the public school experience. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript for verification.

Must have a Bachelor's Degree conferred before the program begins. Your Bachelor's Degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC-approved agency of US Bachelor Degree equivalency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT

The requirement for the program is an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60-semester or 90-quarter units attempted baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate.

If your GPA is below the minimum required: You may be required to complete a "Petition to Waive GPA Requirement" form after your file has been reviewed and we have determined your GPA is below the minimum. The form will be emailed to you if it is required to evaluate program and University eligibility. Please see the University Graduate Requirements.

Complete the online University application at Cal State Apply Summer 2023.  There is a $70 non-refundable application fee.

Applications open from February 1, 2023, through April 1, 2023. For the optimum experience, we recommend using the most current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The application is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

Be sure to save a copy of the confirmation page, to upload to the Department Application. For more information on how to apply to the University, visit: How to Apply  

If you are not seeing the credential program you are applying for you will need to check your profile. Go to Extended Profile (top right). Set Degree Goal to "Second Bachelors Degree and Beyond and Teaching and Service Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, Special Education)."

Then click on "Add Program" and select one of the following:

East Bay Credential: Single Subject Credential Main Campus for Hayward or Concord Campus or;

East Bay Extension: Single Subject Credential Online for Online Program.

 Click on the following link for a Cal State Apply Demo for Summer 2023

Cal State Apply Summer 2023 Demo

Application Transcript Requirement

Do NOT order/submit transcripts until you have submitted your University Application and receive an email confirmation with your netid. HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS

*Official transcripts are required directly from ALL colleges/universities attended. The Office of Admissions does not accept composite transcripts. Courses that appear on one transcript but taken at another institution will need to have transcripts sent from that original institution.  

Order official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent electronically to Cal State East Bay Admissions or if an email address is requested.

If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts may 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 must submit an official transcript showing coursework in progress for Spring, and one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded showing conferral date. 

Your Bachelor's Degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Foreign transcripts (if applicable) -

For your University Application: Contact the International Office of Admissions

For your Department Application: Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC-approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

Once you start your Department Application: Have an official evaluation electronically sent from the agency to 

Submit a legible copy of your Tuberculosis (TB) test results provided by your healthcare provider that include the date taken and date read from within the past two years (TB Risk Assessment is not acceptable).

  • 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 and blood 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 for 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.

A TB Risk Assessment (TBRA) is not acceptable and does not meet the requirement. It needs to be an actual negative TB test indicating the date performed and the date read.

The 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 CTC documents for which a fingerprint clearance is required for issuance.


Getting the Certificate of Clearance is a two-part process.

  1. Complete and print the Live Scan form and take to a location offering Live Scan services to have your fingerprints rolled or scanned.

  2. Go to and apply for the Certificate of Clearance. For more details, visit Certificate of Clearance process.

Once the Certificate of Clearance is issued, you can access the document from the CTC website that displays the document name, issuance date, and expiration date. The document must remain valid while in the program. 

Do NOT submit the LiveScan form. You must submit a Certificate of Clearance or a valid CTC-issued document in order to be accepted to the credential program.

Please see the following link for more details Certificate of Clearance Application instructions.


California law requires that all educators meet proficiency in the subjects of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement in one of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved methods listed in Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (BSR).

Options to meet the BSR:

  1. Pass the CBEST
  2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects CSET exams PLUS Writing Skills Exam (CSET #142)
  3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Exams
  4. Achieve qualifying score on the SAT or ACT
  5. College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examinations
  6. Pass the Basic Skills Exam from Another State
  7. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework
    *For reading: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
    *For writing: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
    *For mathematics: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
  8. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework and Exam

For more information, visit CTC Basic Skills Requirement.

For options #7 and #8, once you start the Department Application complete and save the Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form. You will need to email the form and include a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and a copy of your test score, if applicable, in pdf format and email to The subject line of your emails needs to be “Request of BSR Evaluation." Incomplete forms will be delayed and may be returned for completion and resubmission. The results of the evaluation will be emailed to you (using the email address provided on the form) in 4-6 weeks. Email approved evaluation to update your Department Application file to:, with your full name, program name, and start term in the subject line. NOTE: Out of Country: you need to have a Foreign Transcript Evaluation emailed with the Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form.

Courses must be 3-semester or 4-quarter units, have a grade of B- or better (credit or pass grades acceptable), non-remedial, taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and degree applicable (AA degree application is acceptable). 

You need to follow the instructions to submit Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation only after you have started the Department Application and paid the $25 Department Application fee.

Do not upload Evaluation Forms that have not been approved.

It is your responsibility to meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) by the April 1, 2023 deadline with approved coursework or other options. 

See the link for options to meet Subject Matter Competency (SMC) Options for meeting the Subject Matter Competency (SMC) requirement:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): passing scores on the CSET in the subject for the credential sought. For more information regarding CSET, visit CL-674
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved Subject Matter Program~A Subject Matter Preparation Program is an organized course of undergraduate study which meets the Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards for subject matter preparation. Subject Matter Waiver Letter from a Subject Matter Preparation Program signed by an authorized person in the education department of a California college or university with an approved program.  
  • Academic Degree Major~Verification of completion of an academic degree major in the subject area of the credential being sought. In order to meet subject matter competency by degree major, the degree major must be an exact match to the authorization listed on the teaching credential. The major must be an exact degree match in one of the subjects named in the Education Code {Art, Dance, English, World Languages, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, and Theater}
  • Option to Demonstrate Subject Matter Competency through Coursework Evaluation~This option requires completion of coursework that addresses the Subject Matter Requirement for the credential area being sought. If your degree major is not an exact match to the credential you are pursuing but in a similar major (e.g. Kinesiology, History, or Drama) you can submit a request for Evaluation of Subject Matter Competency (SMC) through coursework.
  • Option to Demonstrate Subject Matter Competency through a combination of Coursework Subject Matter Examination (CSETs)

    To verify you have met Subject Matter Competency by your degree major you can complete this form SMC by Degree form and submit it with your unofficial degree bearing transcripts to with your $25 Department Application receipt and write SMC degree major request in the subject line.

    Subject Matter Competency Coursework Evaluation Request Information

    To request an evaluation of coursework, you will need to submit completed forms and transcripts (foreign transcript evaluation) to demonstrate that you completed undergraduate or graduate coursework that fulfills the Domains of the Subject Matter Requirements set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

    Follow the instructions listed at the link SUBJECT MATTER COMPETENCY INFORMATION

    Prospective Students who have a Department Application in progress/submitted may submit a  Subject Matter Competency Coursework Evaluation Request after December 1, 2022.

    Deadline to submit Subject Matter Competency Coursework Evaluation Request is April 1,2023.
Demonstrate knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following options:
  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a CSU campus in any major
  • An authorized college-level course (2 semester or 3 quarter units). Include the course name, course description, and where taken, and upload the unofficial transcript showing the course listed. 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. Upload the official colored score report showing the passage of the U.S. Constitution exam. 

All program applicants are required to participate in a Zoom group interview with a College of Education faculty member.

Interview scheduling will begin in February and only offered to applicants who have submitted complete Department Applications