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 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 program is for you.
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 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 courses and education as an in-person teacher education program, but it also provides you with complete freedom to work when you want to.
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.
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:
Under the student teaching option, you 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
The intern teaching option is ideal if you want to pursue your teaching certification while earning an income. Under the standard Intern option, you serve as a paid teacher 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, 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.
Links and Downloads
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program?
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. The growth rates of 4% for high-school education, 4% for middle-school education, and 4% for elementary education represent a job pool of over 3,000,000 positions in the U.S. today, with another 200,000 added between now and 2029 and an exceptionally large workforce for our graduates of the Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program to enter in to.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates of the 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. 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.
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?