Program Overview

At the California School of Education (CSOE), we believe that education is the great equalizer, and that every classroom should have a qualified teacher at the helm—regardless of the zip code. Our Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program allows future educators like yourself to specialize within a specific academic subject of expertise in California’s middle and high schools and become the English, Math, or Science teacher who inspires the next generation of students and makes a lasting impact in our classrooms.

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Program Highlights

Earn Your Credential Online

CSOE’s Single Subject-Teaching Credential Program is now fully online, meaning all coursework can be completed from the comfort of your home, on your time.

Hands-On Learning

You will be paired up with a field supervisor who will provide mentorship through online observations and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Multiple Degree Pathways

Choose from Student Teaching, Intern Teaching, and Early Completion Intern Teaching options so that you can receive the experience you need the way you want.

Complete an Online Master’s in Education

Candidates for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in School Psychology may also enroll in Alliant’s online Master of Arts in Education Online with Teaching Emphasis Program, providing you with enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to help shape your applied experience. Eligible credential coursework can count towards completion of the master’s degree. Dependent on the track selected, the master’s may be completed with as few as 3 additional courses beyond the credential curriculum. Students who select the Early Completion Option (ECO) track will have to complete additional coursework, generally 5 additional courses, to earn the master’s degree.

Obtaining your master’s may open the door to future opportunities like teaching at community colleges or universities.

Three Pathways to Earning Your Preliminary Single-Subject Credential Online

Here is how to become a high school teacher in California with Alliant:

Student Teaching
Under the Student Teaching option, students complete a 16-week, student teaching placement in at least two grade levels under the guidance of an experienced teacher and field supervisor. The Student Teaching option provides the ideal environment to study pedagogy and apply it in the classroom before you begin your career as a full-time teacher. Learn more about our Student Teaching option.

Standard Intern Teaching
The Intern Teaching Option is ideal for those wishing to pursue their teaching certification while earning an income. Under the Standard Intern option, students serve as a paid teacher for four terms, assuming immediate and full teaching responsibility and management of the classroom. Learn more about our Standard Intern Teaching option.

Early Completion Intern Teaching Option (ECO)
ECO is an abbreviated version of the Standard Intern Teaching path; similar to the Intern Teaching option, students serve as a paid teacher-of-record for four terms. It is ideally designed for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a preliminary teaching credential. Admission to the ECO program is contingent upon successful completion of assessment exams designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Learn more about the Early Completion Intern Teaching Option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The career prospects for those wishing to become a teacher are strong as the nation’s population continues to rise at a relatively steady rate. While the growth percentages may not look extravagant at first glance—8% for high-school education, 8% for middle-school education, and 7% for elementary education—they represent a job pool of over 3,000,000 positions in the U.S. today, with another 200,000 added between now and 2026 and an exceptionally large workforce for our graduates of the  Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program to enter in to.

Graduates of our Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program will often end up teaching at the middle- and high-school levels, where the increased specificity a single-subject credential affords is at its most necessary and useful, though many of this program’s graduates also go on to teach at the elementary level, and in other settings as well. Other career options include becoming a school principal, a classroom materials creator, adult and secondary educator, policy maker and a professional tutor.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

Yes, this program will prepare you to both take and pass the following teacher-licensure exams in California: the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) Exam, the CSET exam, and the TPA exam.

The Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

The Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential is either a 21-, 28-, or 30-credit program, depending on your internship track, and takes a minimum of 1 years to complete, over 5 or 6 terms.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.

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