Become a High School Teacher or Middle School Teacher

The online Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential program at the California School of Education allows future educators like yourself to specialize your teaching career within a specific academic subject of expertise. Single subject teachers typically pursue careers within secondary education settings in California’s middle and secondary schools.

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

Alliant’s California teaching credential programs are now fully online, meaning all coursework can be completed from the comfort of your home, on your own time. Although instruction and coursework will be completed online, you’ll never have to worry about going it alone. As part of our online teaching credential programs, we will pair you up with a field supervisor who will conduct classroom observations and meet with you for one-on-one coaching sessions and mentoring.

3 Pathways to Earning Your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential

We offer three effective and distinct pathways towards earning your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential:

  • 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 a Master 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-of-record. 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 Teaching option, students serve as a salaried teacher-of-record for 4 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 salaried teacher-of-record for 4 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 CCTC. 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 (CCTC). At the end of the program, students should be able to meet 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) and are also in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Complete an Online Master’s in Education with Only 3 Additional Courses

Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential have the option to dually enroll in our online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis program, providing you with enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to help shape your applied experience. All credential coursework counts toward completion of the Master’s degree, and the Master’s may be completed with only 3 additional online courses beyond the credential curriculum.

Obtaining your Master’s also opens up possibilities for increased financial rewards and employment possibilities, including 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: