Single Subject Matter Preparation Programs
All teachers must document their expertise and knowledge of the subjects they teach. For those who plan to earn a single subject credential, there are two options for documenting subject matter competency:
OPTION 1: COMPLETE A STATE-APPROVED SUBJECT MATTER PREPARATION PROGRAM (SMPP)
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approves university subject matter preparation programs. Students can document subject matter competency by completing the requirements for one of these programs. Completing the requirements of such a program takes careful planning; in most instances, simply earning the bachelor’s degree in the subject does not automatically meet all of the requirements for the subject matter preparation program.
Here are the current state-approved preparation plans:
- English Language Development
- Music - Choral Track
- Music - General Track
- Music - Instrumental Track
- Physical Education
- Social Sciences
For CSUF Graduates only: After completing the subject matter preparation program, please contact our Center to receive a formal evaluation.
Transfer Students: Some lower division coursework may be completed at the community college to meet subject matter preparation program requirements. The articulated courses for the English, Math and Social Sciences SMPPs are included below.
OPTION 2: PASS THE STATE-APPROVED SUBJECT MATTER CSET EXAM
The CCTC offers subject matter exams for each of the single subject credentials known as the California Subject Exams for Teachers, or CSET. We recommend that undergraduates follow the requirements for the subject matter preparation program using courses from GE and the major whenever possible. These are the very courses that will assist the student in preparing for the test. In most cases, undergraduates who decide to be teachers early in their academic careers are able to complete the subject matter preparation program within the requirements for the degree. The exam option is best for those students who decide later in their academic careers and for whom the subject matter preparation program would require an excessive number of extra classes, or if a subject matter preparation program is not offered.