The Traditional Preliminary Single Subject Program at California State University, Northridge is the most flexible of the credential program options. Qualified candidates may enroll in this post-baccalaureate program on a full-time or part-time basis, completing the credential in a minimum of one year or taking three or more semesters to finish the program. Designed for both pre-service candidates and those teaching full-time in a private school setting, the Traditional Single Subject Preliminary Program leads to a credential in a specific subject area for teaching at the middle school and high school levels.
- Developmentally sequenced program of methods, foundational, and field experience courses
- Highly qualified faculty with strong practical knowledge of students and schools
- Outstanding campus facilities, including computer labs
- Emphasis on working with diverse students in urban schools
- Meets California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Standards (SB 2042)
- Culminates with the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) Teaching Event
To enter the Program, two applications are required:
- CSUN Graduate Programs Application (to the University)
- Single Subject Credential Program Application (to the Credential Office)
Subject Matter Competency
At the time of application, candidates identify the manner in which they plan to meet the required subject competency:
- through a Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved program, or
- through passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in the specific subject area (all subtests for the subject)
See the Credential Office for complete application information:
Credential Preparation Office
Graduate Application for University Admission
Apply online at www.csumentor.edu
Program Courses (36 units)
- SED 511 Fundamentals of Secondary Educ in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3) Must be taken in first semester of enrollment
- EPC 420 Educational Psychology of Adolescence (3)
- SED 525XX Methods of Teaching Single Subject (3) – 525A, 525EN, 525HE, 525HS, 525MA/MAL, 525MU, 525PE, 525S/SL, 525SS
- SED 554/554S Supervised Field Experience and Seminar (3+1)*
- SED 514 Computers in the Instructional Program (3). Note, you may substitute SED 619 (Educational Website Development) or SED 646 (Computers in Science and Mathematics Education) with instructor approval.
- AAS/AFRS/ARMN/CHS/ELPS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
- SED 521 Language, Literacy, and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
- SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
- SPED 420 Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs Through Differentiated Instruction and Coillaboration (3)
- HSCI 466ADO Health Concerns of the Adolescent (1)
- SED 555/555S Supervised Practicum and Seminar (5+2)**
* Pre-requisites for SED 554/554S: CBEST passage, CTC clearance, 100% subject matter competency, writing proficiency clearance. Credential Office clearance.Pre- or co-requisite classes for SED 554: SED 511, EPC 420, SED 525XX. Candidates complete the Preliminary Teaching Event in SED 554/554S.
** Pre-requisite classes for SED 555/555S: SED 511, EPC 420, SED 525XX, SED 554. Pre- or co-requisite for SED 555/555S: SED 521, SPED 420, AAS/AFRS/ARMN/CHS/ELPS 417. Candidates complete the PACT Teaching Event and Individual Induction Plan in SED 555/555S.
Full-time candidates who meet subject matter and other requirements at application to the program are eligible to complete the program in a single year by enrolling in the first 6-7 classes listed above in the fall semester and the last 6-7 classes listed above in the spring semester. Most candidates complete the program in three or more semesters.
Sample One-Year Program for Qualified Full-Time Candidates
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
Sample Two-Year Program for Part-Time Candidates
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer 1||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|SED 511||SED 521||SED 514||SED 554*||SED 555|
|EPC 420||SED 525XX||SED 529||SED 554S||SED 555S|
|HSCI 466ADO||SPED 420||AAS/AFRS/ARMN/CHS/ELPS 417|
*Student Teaching clearance by the Credential Office required; clearance includes CBEST, writing proficiency, CTC clearance, subject competency
**Student Teaching application required with admission; clearance required by the start of the semester.