Overview

The History Department is committed to preparing excellent Social Science teachers for California's middle and high schools. Cal State East Bay students who complete our Single Subject Matter Preparation Program are stellar candidates for credential programs and enjoy advantages in seeking teaching positions, given their rigorous and extensive preparatory coursework in a range of social science fields.

We work closely with Cal State East Bay's Teacher Education Department and the Credential Student Service Center. Currently, our required course, HIST 404, Introduction to Teaching History, is taught by Dr. Benjamin Feldman, who holds a California Single Subject teaching credential in Social Science, in addition to the Ph.D. in history.

Moreover, the Department of History enjoys long-standing professional connections to the California History-Social Science Project, particularly at UC Davis and UC Berkeley. Our Single Subject Matter Preparation Program is also aligned to the innovative History-Social Science Framework, adopted in 2016. We encourage future teachers to join these professional networks and explore the Framework's insightful pedagogies and resources.

Future Middle and High School History Teachers

The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Social Science is designed for Cal State East Bay undergraduates wishing to earn a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science following the award of their bachelor’s degree. Students who successfully complete this program of study will be able to verify their subject matter competency as part of their teaching qualifications.

In addition to completion of this program, a Single Subject Teaching Credential is required for those wishing to teach in middle or high schools. This program has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

Completion of the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Social Science is certified by the Department of History.

Please see the University Catalog requirements for this program. We also strongly recommend that prospective middle and high school teachers connect with Cal State East Bay's Credential Student Service Center to learn about credential program applications and prerequisites. 

As of June 2022, the CTC is clarifying additional pathways for credential candidates to meet their subject matter competency requirements. These pathways include:

  • Completion of a CTC-approved subject matter program, including Cal State East Bay's Social Science Single Subject Matter Preparation Program;
  • Passage of a subject matter examination (the California Subject Examinations for Teachers, or "CSET");
  • Successful completion of coursework that addresses each of the domains of the subject matter requirements (verification required);
  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree in Social Science, History, Ethnic Studies, or any other major with a focus on the study of one or more related ethnicities.

For further information and consultation, please directly contact the Social Science Coordinator in the Department of History. In 2022-2023, Dr. Elizabeth McGuire (elizabeth.mcguire@csueastbay.edu) serves as our Program Coordinator. 

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