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Secondary California Teacher Preparation

Secondary (Single Subject)

Teacher Preparation and MS Degree in Education (Intern Option Available)

Committed to social justice, inclusiveness, and leadership, the 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.

Theory and practice are 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.

We offer a streamlined 20-month credential/masters 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.

The following 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. Please contact the Director of Secondary Education for additional information.

Program Requirements (40 units)

Prerequisite Courses (11 units)
*EDU 206 School & Society (2)
*EDU 207 Teaching English Learners (1.5)
*EDU 208A Introduction to Exceptional Learners (1.5)
*EDU 208B Responsive Teaching for All Learners (1.5)
*EDU 251 Child and Adolescent Development & Learning Across Cultures (3)
*EDU 252 Diversity & Schools (1.5)

Professional Preparation Courses (13 units)
*EDU 266 Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules (4)
*EDU 267 Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules (4)
*EDU 268 Content-based Reading Instruction & Content Area Modules (4)
EDU 209A TPA Lab I (.5)
EDU 209B TPA Lab II (.5)

Supervised Teaching (3-11)
*EDU 364 Supervised Teaching: Elementary Fieldwork (4 - 8)
EDU 210 Supervised Teaching Culminating Seminar (3)

Additional Requirements for the MS Degree in Conjunction with the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program (5 units)
EDU 200A Research Methods for Practitioners (2)
EDU 296C Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar I (1)
EDU 296D Case Study Inquiry and Report Seminar II (2)

*Courses with (*) involve fieldwork which is included as a majority of the 600 hours required for a California credential.

Application Procedures

Link to Title II Credential Exam Pass Rates

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.