Single Subject

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 the University to be accepted to the program.  Review the Credential Application Requirements listed below and start early: Summer 2021 Application Dates

Cal State East Bay offers credentials in:

  • Art
  • Dance**
  • English
  • Foundational Mathematics* 
  • Foundational Science*
  • History/Social Studies
  • 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)*
  • Theater**

*Math and Sciences are NOT offered for Online Program

**Online Program only.

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.

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. 
Review Information Session: 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 2021

Department Applications
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications open: December 14, 2020

Applications closed: April 15, 2021

Document deadline: May 1, 2021

University Application
(Cal State Apply Summer 2021)

Applications open: February 1, 2021

Applications closed: April 15, 2021

Document deadline: May 1, 2021


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

Credential Application Requirements

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.

Once you start the Department Application and save your progress, your application will be in our system for review. If you submitted your Department Application without the required documents, it is incomplete. Please name and upload all documents and screenshots as saved PDFs. 

The Admissions Checklist needs to be completed and uploaded to your online Department application. It will need to be signed and dated. You can leave the items blank that are either suspended or not required at the time of this application.

The statement of purpose should respond to both of the following questions. Complete the typed 300+ word essay on the Statement of Purpose Coversheet at the link below:

  • Why do you want to work with groups of children 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 Coversheet for Teaching Credential Programs

Provide two letters of recommendation that demonstrate a suitable disposition for teaching in public schools. Letters should come from people who have observed your 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, with email and phone number information. If the letterhead is not available, include a copy of the business card or school id 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 and/or professional letters of recommendation are acceptable.
  • Signed letters should be sent to you to be uploaded to your Department Application.

Under the COVID-19 waivers from the Governor, CTC, and CSU, the following will be accepted as letters of recommendation. Please note that letters should address the applicant's abilities and readiness to work with students whose ages are applicable to the credential program (e.g., 12-17 for Single Subject).  If possible, letters should reflect experience from within the last three (3) years. It is preferred that at least one of the letters be from the first three categories below.

  1. A letter from an education professional in a pk-12 school
  2. A letter from any individual who has observed the applicant working with children/youth in any setting (except for religious education)
  3. A letter from an individual who can address the applicant's ability to work with children/youth
  4. A letter from an individual who has observed the applicant applying skills (e.g., organization, leadership. communication) that are appropriate to an educational setting
  5. An academic letter of recommendation

*Please note: The Chancellor’s Office of the CSU has temporarily suspended the 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-12 classroom as an admission requirement for Summer 2021. If you have completed some or all of these hours to date, please go ahead and submit the hours you have completed.

*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 (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 within the last two years. An acceptable public school experience includes work as a substitute teacher, para-educator, instructional aide, 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 programs. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • Submit Early Field Experience Verification Form. Use as many forms as needed to verify the total hours.
If you have taken TED 3001 (TED 301) at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of the public school experience. To show proof, you will need to submit an unofficial transcript from your MyCSUEB and circle the class so we can see that you received credit.
Must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60-semester or 90-quarter units of baccalaureate work only. If GPA is below, you must complete a "Petition to Waive GPA Requirement" form. You will be required to complete the form after your admission interview.

Complete the online application at Cal State Apply Summer 2021  There is a $70 application fee: February 1-April 15, 2021. 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.

How to Apply  Upload a confirmation page from Cal State Apply University application to your Department Application.

Summer Term 2021: University Application open now: Cal State Apply 2021

In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Teaching Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, PPS, Librarian, Admin, CalStateTEACH). Add Program: East Bay Credential: Single Subject Credential Main Campus for Hayward or Concord Campus or East Bay Extension: Single Subject Credential Online for Online Program.


Official transcripts must be submitted electronically or by mail to Graduate Admissions for your University Application and electronically or by mail to the Credential Student Service Center for your Department Application to:


University Application Transcript Requirement

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

*Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended. Do not submit transcripts until you have submitted your application. HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS


Department Application Transcript Requirement

Credential Student Service Center
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., AE 235
Hayward, CA 94542

*ONLY official Bachelor's degree bearing transcript. Do not submit transcripts until you have Department Application in progress or submitted. Can be ordered electronically to be sent to

 IMPORTANT! Please inquire with your sending institution for information in regards to electronic transcript submission. How to Submit Documents page: HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS

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 will be required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar 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) - 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

University Application requires all transcripts: contact the International Office of Admissions

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.

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.

The Certificate of Clearance is a two part process.

  1. 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.

Submit the Certificate of Clearance document from the 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.

Basic Skills Requirement: to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. You need to take and pass an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Proficiency is verified by the submission of one of the following:

  1. Passing the CBEST exam. Submit a 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. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. Information about the CBEST can be found at
  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: BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.

**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST). For candidates entering the program in Academic Year 2020-2021, these are waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. At this point, passing scores are required to be submitted for the Academic Year 2021-2022 by August 31, 2021. There may be different information regarding test score deadlines in future days. Please check back on our website for updates.

The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought.  Applicants must submit proof of meeting Subject Matter Competency with one of the following options: A) passing CSET score reports, or B) Subject Matter Waiver Letter from a Subject Matter Preparation Program or proof that the program is in process.

The Single Subject credential candidate shall have achieved passing scores on the CSET subtests that are required for the credential sought or satisfactorily completed a CTC approved subject matter preparation program and 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 a Subject Matter Waiver from a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program 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 the start of fieldwork may be dismissed from the program. Test score reports including barcodes need to be submitted to the CSSC before you can begin the program if admitted. CSET scores are valid for 10 years if taken after April 1, 2007.  More information on the CSETs can be found at About the Assessment Programs CSET.

**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Subject Matter Examinations (CSETs). For candidates entering the program in Academic Year 2020-2021 these are waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. At this point, passing scores are required to be submitted for the Academic Year 2021-2022 by August 31, 2021. There may be different information regarding test score deadlines in future days. Please check back on our website for updates.

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; indicate this option on the checklist, or
  • An authorized college-level course (2 semester or 3 quarter units). Upload a copy of your transcript showing the course. Be sure the transcript shows the name of the College or University. 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. Upload the official color score report showing the passage of the U.S. Constitution exam to the Department Application. 
All program applicants are required to participate in a Zoom group interview with a College of Education faculty member. Interview scheduling began in early February and offered to applicants with the $25 paid Department Application fee.

Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Directive, the Credential Student Service Center is closed to the public until further notice. Business operations will continue remotely, calls will be answered, and emails will be returned. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Credential Student Service Center
(510) 885-2272: calls are being answered or leave a message
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

*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 K-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 they have been admitted to the program.