Pathways to Teaching

In order to teach in public schools in the state of California, you must have a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential.

  • What is a credential?  Official certification to teach in public schools from the state in which it is obtained (credential requirements are different in each state; we will only reference requirements for the state of California).
  • What is a teaching credential program?  A professional training program all prospective teachers must complete before being authorized to obtain a credential and teach a certain grade level and/or subject. Credential programs take approximately one year to complete and, in California, are typically completed after obtaining a bachelor’s degree (post-baccalaureate).

CSUF offers three initial teaching credential programs (initial = for students with no previous teaching credentials):

  • Multiple Subject Credential – authorizes an individual to teach multiple subjects to students in classrooms from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade (elementary through junior high school).
  • Single Subject Credential – authorizes an individual to teach the specific subject named on the credential, such as English, Art, Mathematics, Physical Education, etc. (typically for junior high through high school).
  • Education Specialist Credential – authorizes an individual to teach in the disability areas of specialization such as Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities and Early Childhood Education for students from birth through early adulthood.

Recommended Majors for Future Teachers

There is no Education or Teaching major at CSUF, so following are some recommendations on picking a major that best fits your career goals. Please note these are only recommendations and that you may be able to explore other majors and still become a teacher. Please make an appointment with a CCT advisor to learn more.

Elementary-JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL Teaching

Majors at CSUF that align well to prepare for the Multiple Subject Credential Program for elementary school teaching Child & Adolescent Studies-Elementary School SettingsLiberal Studies-Elementary Education Plan or Human Services-Elementary Education track.

GENERAL EDUCATION (GE) RECOMMENDATIONS

Here are some recommendations for general education courses for future elementary school teachersPDF File (for students following catalog year 2018 or later).  These courses are not required, however, they will give you the preparation you need to meet subject matter competency for the multiple subject credential program.  Subject matter competency for the multiple subject credential program is met by completing one of the following:

  • Completing the Liberal Studies major.
  • Completing the Elementary Subject Matter waiver with the Child & Adolescent Studies-Elementary School Setting major.
  • Passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam.
  • Completing a combination of qualifying exams and coursework (more information pending).

 

JUNIOR High - HIGH SCHOOL Teaching

Majors at CSUF that align well to prepare for the Single Subject Credential Program for junior high or high school teaching are the same as the subject you wish to teach.  For example, if you wish to be a math teacher, you should major in math.  However, you can obtain a Single Subject Credential in the subject you wish to teach even if you don’t major in that subject. 

For the Single Subject Credential you will need to prove subject matter competency for the subject in which you plan to teach.  Subject matter competency for the Single Subject credential program is met by completing one of the following:

  • Completing a degree in the subject you plan to teach.
  • Completing a state-approved subject matter preparation program.
  • Passing the CSET in the subject you plan to teach.
  • Completing a combination of qualifying exams and coursework (more information pending).

GENERAL EDUCATION (GE) RECOMMENDATIONS

You are not required to complete any specific coursework in General Education for the single subject credential program. However, we can provide some recommendations for general education courses for future junior high-high school teachersPDF File and for general education courses for future junior high-high school social science teachersPDF File .

 

Education Specialist Teaching

The recommended preparation to become an Education Specialist at the undergraduate level is based on the age group with which you wish to work. So if you plan to work with children with special needs in the elementary schools, you should select the majors that align with Elementary School teaching, as listed above. If you plan to work with children with special needs in the junior high or high schools, you should select the majors that align with Junior High/High School teaching, as listed above. If you plan to work with children with special needs in early childhood (birth - transitional kindergarten), you should focus on early childhood dvelopment in the Child & Adolescent Studies major. Please make an appointment with one of our advisors for more information.