Secondary Education

Social Science Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Social Science Credential. This authorizes the teaching of the courses shown in the table below. Please refer to the CTC website for details on the examination requirements for this credential.

  • All middle school and high school history-social science courses
  • United States History and Geography
  • World History, Culture, and Geography
  • Principles of American Democracy
  • Principles of Economics
  • Dependent upon student and instructor preferences and interests) electives in history-social science, such as Our State in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, World Regional Geography, The Humanities, Survey of World Religions, Area Studies: Cultures, Anthropology, Sociology, Women in Our History, Ethnic Studies, and Law-Related Education.

Program Pathways

History-Social Science Faculty

David L. Moguel

David Moguel

David L. Moguel has been a professor at the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, CSU Northridge, since 2000. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University, a Masters degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow with urban school superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, and served as a Presidential Management Intern for the U.S. Department of Education. He teaches seminars for student teachers, and master's courses in multicultural education. He supervises history/social studies student teachers in the field, leads student teaching seminars, and teaches master's level courses in multicultural and multilingual education. He is the co-author, along with veteran history teacher Ron Sima, of a 2011 guidebook on teaching of history/social studies, entitled “Teach me, I dare you: Taking up the challenge of teaching social studies.” He was the inaugural recipient of the Ron Sima Lifetime Commitment to Social Studies Award by the SCSSA and the Donald Perryman Fund for the Social Studies in 2013.

Students who are interested in earning a social science credential should first attend the information session offered by the CSUN Credential Office and submit the appropriate forms. If they have additional questions, particularly regarding student teaching, then can contact David L. Moguel at

Tomer Kleinman

Tomer Kleinman

Tomer Kleinman has been an instructor for the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, CSU Northridge, since 2016. He holds a B.A. in History and Masters in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from CSUN. With over fifteen years of experience as a teacher in both a private and public school setting and numerous administrative positions, Tomer Kleinman provides a rigorous and engaging educational experience for teacher candidates. Prior to his current role as a private school high school principal, he worked for the LAUSD, teaching world and US history. He also served the LAUSD at the district level as the sole History Specialist in the San Fernando Valley; in this position, he spearheaded the design and delivery of professional development that aligned standards-based content with Common Core literacy standards. To provide better resources for teachers, Mr. Kleinman has also collaborated with the Stanford University History Group to create instructional materials that are publically available online.

For more information about CSUN’s Social Science credential programs, contact David Moguel at