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.
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.
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.
Three Pathways to Earning Your Preliminary Single-Subject Credential Online
Here is how to become a high school teacher in California with Alliant International University:
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.
English Learner Authorization
All credential programs receive English Learner authorization embedded within the credential program.
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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. 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.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
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.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?
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 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 the following teacher-licensure exams in California: the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) Exam, the CSET exam, and the TPA exam.
When does the Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential program start?
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 8-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 1 year to complete, over 5 or 6 terms.
Degree Campus Locations
The Preliminary Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.
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At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.