Graduate School of Education

(2042) Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential

A Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject 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 within his or her authorized field at any grade level: preschool, grades K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

The subjects available for California Single Subject Teaching Credentials at California Lutheran University are as follows:

Art Physical Education
English Foundational-level Science
Health Science Science: Biological Sciences
Languages Other Than English (specify) Science: Chemistry
Foundational-level Mathematics Science: Geosciences
Mathematics Science: Physics
Music Social Science

The following are the CCTC requirements for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Accredited professional preparation program, including successful student teaching
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance)
  • Basic Skills Proficiency (CBEST)
  • Developing English Language Skills, including reading (this requirement is fulfilled by successful completion of EDTP 532 Literacy & Language in Classrooms, a course in the Methods Block of course work in the Teacher Preparation Program)
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Subject-matter Competence
  • Foundational Computer Technology (EDTP 563 Microcomputers in Education, or by equivalency with all teacher preparation course work completed at CLU)
  • Passage of (4) Teacher Performance Assessments with score of "3" or higher
  • Adult, Infant and Child CPR certification (needs to be valid at time of credential recommendation)

The 2042 program at CLU satisfies standards established by the CCTC for the preparation of teachers to serve English learners. All students successfully completing the 2042 program will be authorized to provide service to English learners in California schools.

Qualifying for a Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential in Addition to your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (adding a Multiple Subject Authorization)

Adding Additional Authorized Fields to Your Existing Single Subject Teaching Credential

CSET Information

Applying for the Preliminary Credential

Prior to submission of a credential application, you must have an academic exit with your advisor.  Call 805-493-3421 to schedule this exit.  If you are aware of outstanding charges on your student account, you must make arrangements with the Business Office prior to submission of a credential application.  If you submit an application and a hold has been placed on your account by the Business Office, the application will be returned to you. You may submit an application without final grades posted after May 1st for spring completion, and after December 1st for fall completion.  Applications will not be processed until eligibility and all grades have been verified.

Complete the Request for Credential Recommendation.

Pay the $40.00 Application fee here!

Submit the application and receipt of $40 CLU application fee to the Graduate School of Education Credential Office. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and keep them for future reference. Click here for more detailed information regarding the credential application process.




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