How to Become a High School or Middle School Teacher in California

High school teacher asks class a questionThe Online Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential program at the California School of Education allows future high school educators like yourself to specialize within a specific academic subject of expertise. Single-subject credential recipients typically pursue careers within secondary education settings in California’s middle and high schools.

Online teaching credentials are available in a variety of subject areas, including:
  • Science
  • Math
  • English
  • Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Health

Alliant’s California Single Subject Teaching Credential Online Program allows for all coursework to be completed from the comfort of your home, on your own time. Best of all, you’ll never have to worry about going it alone. As part of our California Online Single Subject Teaching Credential Programs, a field supervisor will mentor you through classroom observations and one-on-one meetings.  This hands-on support is as important to us as it is to you, as we strive to recreate the classroom experience through our online single subject credential program.

Three Pathways to Earning Your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential

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, unpaid 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.
  • 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.

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of the Online Single Subject Teaching Credential program results in a preliminary teaching credential recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The single-subject credential program aims to provide students the following learning outcomes:

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to all students
  • Assess student learning
  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences
  • Create and maintain effective environments for learning
  • Develop as a professional educator
  • Address matters of multiculturalism and diversity in education

All California teacher credential programs offered at Alliant International University include the state-required authorization in Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD).

Complete an Online Master’s in Education

Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential 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 three (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.

Admissions Requirements and When to Apply

Please review application dates, admission requirements, and credentialing requirements specific to your credentialing pathway of interest:

Get Started Today

Contact an Alliant admissions counselor today to explore our California Single Subject Teaching Credential Online Program by calling 1-866-825-5426.