Credential in Single Subject Teaching

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Online Single Subject Teaching Credential Program Overview


At California School of Education (CSOE) we believe education is a great equalizer and every classroom should have a qualified teacher of subject matter competency at the helm. Our Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program allows future educators like yourself to specialize in a specific academic subject and prepares you to teach in California's middle and high schools, whether in a traditional classroom, online, or both. 

The Single-Subject Credential program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an educator and to become the English, math, or science teacher who inspires the next generation of students. If you want to make a lasting impression with middle school or high students through teaching, this online credential single subject teaching program is for you.


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Faculty and Admissions

Get the information you need to start earning your Single-Subject Teaching Credential, see the latest admission requirements, and get to know our faculty members using the links below.


Teaching Program Highlights


Earn Your Credential Online

The single subject credential program is fully online, meaning all coursework can be completed at your convenience, while providing the same courses as an in-person teacher education program. Our online teaching credential single subject program provides you with not only all the same basic skills requirement, courses and education as an in-person teacher education program, but it also provides you with complete freedom to work when you want to.


Hands-On Learning

When enrolled in the single-subject credential program, you will be paired up with a field supervisor who will mentor you through online observation and guidance.


Multiple Degree Pathways

Choose from Student Teaching, Intern Teaching, and Early Completion Intern Teaching options to tailor your education and experience to match the career of your choice.

“In my experience with Alliant, it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer. I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn Serrano
CSOE Alumna

Teacher Credential Information

Three Ways to Earn Your Preliminary Single-Subject Credential Online

Here is how to become a middle or high school teacher in California with Alliant International University:

Student Teaching

Under the student teaching option, teacher candidates 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 to be a student teacher while earning your degree.

Standard Intern Teaching

This option is perfect for those coming into the degree program with classroom experience but is open to all teacher candidates, regardless of experience level.  The very first class you’ll take provides you with the tools and knowledge to set you up for success in your internship. 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, you serve as a paid teacher-of-record. This online teacher credentialing program is designed for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a preliminary teaching credential.  Admission to the ECO program is contingent upon the successful completion of assessment exams designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Learn more about the Early Completion Intern Teaching Option.

English Learner Authorization 

All teacher credentialing programs receive English Learner authorization embedded within the credential program.

Are you ready to start a preparation program to become an education specialist or teacher? CSOE at Alliant is here to help. Contact us today to find out which course is right for you. 


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Find the Program That’s Right for You

By using our Teacher Preparation Program Finder and answering a few questions, you’ll be guided towards the best teaching credential or certificate program for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    Graduates of the single subject credential program often end up teaching at the middle- and high-schools, where a single-subject credential is at its most necessary and useful, though many graduates 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 within their subject matter competency. At Alliant University, we prepare each and every student that enrolls in our Single-Subject Credential program by providing them with the education they need to succeed as a future educator.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • Does graduation from this program prepare me for my licensure exams?

    Yes, this program will prepare you to both take and pass teacher-licensure exams including the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) Exam, the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET), and the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) exam.

  • When does the Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program start?

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

  • How long does it take to complete the Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program?

    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 one year to complete, over five or six terms.


Degree Campus Locations

Alliant has six campuses throughout California. The Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.


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.



At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. At our University, we also offer a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Ready to start your teaching career?


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