At California School of Education (CSOE), we believe that education is a great equalizer and every classroom should be led by a qualified teacher of subject matter competency. You may find your passion in teaching. This preliminary single-subject teaching credential program provides all the training the future educators need 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 in subjects of English, math, science, or other subjects, and puts you in the position to inspire 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.
Earn Your Credential Online
The program is online, meaning all coursework can be completed at your convenience, and provides the same courses and education as an in-person teacher education program.
When enrolled in the single-subject credential program, you will be paired up with a field supervisor who will mentor you through observation and one-on-one coaching.
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 you choose to pursue.
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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:
Under the student teaching option, you’ll 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 ideal if you’re coming into the degree program with classroom experience, and 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 is here to help. Contact us today to find out which course is right for you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 help prepare you to both take and pass teacher-licensure exams including the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) Exam, the CSET exam, and the TPA exam.
When does the 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 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.
"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."
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
CSOE offers a variety of degrees, certificates, and credentials in education that prepare you to make a lasting difference through teaching, counseling, leadership, advocacy, administration, management, and community work. Whether you’re looking for an online degree program or an in-person learning experience for your higher education, we are here to guide you every step of the way.