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Education and California Teacher Credentials

Graduate Programs

Preliminary Single Subject

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The Preliminary Single Subject Credential is designed for individuals who wish to teach 6th to 12th grade (i.e. Secondary) or teach one subject matter across all levels (TK-12) as licensed teachers in the state of California. Committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and leadership, our Secondary Teacher Preparation Program offers in-depth coursework that leads to a California Preliminary Single Subject teaching credential.

The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing under SB 2042 standards. Coursework, grounded in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, emphasizes a cycle of planning, teaching, and reflecting that provides credential candidates with an ever-deepening understanding of how to provide all students with rigorous academic learning. The program prepares teachers who are committed to working with diverse student populations in urban settings and empowers them to make the best possible choices for their students.

Our Secondary Teacher Preparation program offers an enhanced credential/master’s program with a focus on preparing the general education teacher to respond to the needs of all learners through an innovative program that infuses many CCTC education specialist standards into the general education curriculum. This program offers advanced training that will support your ability to effectively teach all students in your classroom, particularly those with special needs.

Theory and practice are also infused throughout the courses which are carefully constructed to build one upon the other. All professional preparation courses include early fieldwork in exemplary teachers’ classrooms in Mount Saint Mary’s University associated schools. During early fieldwork experiences and supervised teaching, candidates work with diverse student populations to develop effective teaching skills and strategies. Candidates learn how to provide equal learning opportunities for children learning English and for children with special learning needs. In-service candidates complete some early fieldwork in their own classrooms and some with master teachers in collaborating schools.

Please contact the Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Robin Gordon for additional information at 213.477.2620.

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Course Requirements

40 units total

Coursework has been carefully planned to provide multiple opportunities to meet the state requirements for the SB 2042 Single Subject preliminary credential and to prepare students for successfully completing the Teacher Performance Assessment, a State assessment embedded in supervised teaching. Students also have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Education degree with the credential. Please contact the Director of Secondary Education for additional information.

Please note that course offerings, class schedules and program requirements are subject to change without notice. Please contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite Courses

11 units total

  • EDU 206*: School & Society (2 units)
  • EDU 207*: Teaching English Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 208A*: Introduction to Exceptional Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 208B*: Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5 units)
  • EDU 251*: Child and Adolescent Development & Learning Across Cultures (3 units)
  • EDU 252*: Diversity & Schools (1.5 units)

Supervised Teaching

3-11 units total

  • EDU 364*: Supervised Teaching: Elementary Fieldwork (4 - 8 units)
  • EDU 210: Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3 units)

Professional Preparation Courses

13 units total

  • EDU 266*: Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules (4 units)
  • EDU 267*: Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules (4 units)
  • EDU 268*: Content-Based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4 units)
  • EDU 209A: TPA Lab I (0.5 units)
  • EDU 209B: TPA Lab II (0.5 units)

Additional Requirements

5 units total

  • EDU 200A: Research Methods for Practitioners (2 units)
  • EDU 296C: Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar I (1 unit)
  • EDU 296D: Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar II (2 units)

*Involves fieldwork which is included as a majority of the 600 hours required for a California credential.

*The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California will have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of California. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states. Contact the Education department at to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain a teaching credential in a state outside of California.