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Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential Program (Secondary Education)

Become a Teacher in Middle and High Schools

The Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential program at the Hufstedler School of Education allows future educators like yourself to specialize your teaching career within a specific academic subject of expertise. Single subject teachers typically pursue careers within California’s middle and secondary schools.

Teaching credentials are available in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Science              
  • Math
  • English
  • Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education          
  • Art
  • Music
  • Technology

Embedded within the credential program are the state-required authorization in Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) and compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Successful completion of the program results in a preliminary teaching credential recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the following learning outcomes for the educators we prepare:

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to all students
  • Assess student learning
  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences
  • Create and maintain effective environments for learning
  • Develop as a professional educator
  • Address matters of multiculturalism and diversity in education

Earn Your Credential Through Student or Intern Teaching Options

We offer three effective and distinct pathways towards earning your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential:
  • Student Teaching
    The Student Teaching Option provides the ideal environment to study pedagogy and apply it in the classroom under the guidance of a Master Teacher before you begin your career as a full-time teacher-of-record. Your experience will include online coursework, on-ground seminars, classroom observations and mentoring. You will also complete an 18-week student teaching assignment assisting a classroom’s Master Teacher at an Alliant-designated site. Learn more about our Student Teaching option.

  • Standard Intern Teaching
    The Intern Teaching Option is ideal for those wishing to pursue their teaching certification while earning an income as a paid teacher-of-record at an Alliant-approved site. You will also engage in online coursework, on-ground seminars and mentoring. Learn more about our Standard Intern Teaching option.

  • Early Completion Intern Teaching Option (ECO)
    ECO is an abbreviated version of the Standard Intern Teaching path. It is ideally designed for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a preliminary teaching credential. Admission to the ECO program is contingent upon successful completion of assessment exams designated by the CCTC. Please read more about the Early Completion Intern Teaching Option.

Pair Your Credential with Alliant's Online Master's Program

Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential have the option to dually enroll in our online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis program, providing you with enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to help shape your applied experience. Obtaining your master's also opens up possibilities for increased financial rewards and employment possibilities, including teaching at community colleges or universities. All credential coursework counts toward completion of the master's degree, and the master’s may be completed with only 3 additional online courses beyond the credential curriculum.

Locations Offered

San Diego | Los Angeles | San Francisco | Irvine

Admissions Requirements and When to Apply

Please review application dates, admission requirements, and credentialing requirements specific to your credentialing pathway of interest:


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