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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

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Single Subject Credential Programs

California has a two-tier credential structure. A five year preliminary credential is the first credential issued
after an individual meets basic credential requirements. A clear credential is issued when all credential
requirements have been completed. 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. The statutory subjects available for California Single Subject Teaching Credentials are as follows: