Preliminary Single Subject Credential (Middle and High School)
Dr. Lu Chang
The Department of Education offers a program of professional preparation for the California Single Subject Credential, approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This credential authorizes service in departmentalized settings, usually in middle schools and high schools. NDNU's Single Subject Credential program is post-baccalaureate and requires a full fifth year or 31 semester units of study. The concurrent program at NDNU offers students the opportunity to complete the professional coursework and two student teaching experiences within a calendar year.
Upon completion of a Preliminary Single Subject Credential:
- Candidates will be able to engage and support all students in learning.
- Candidates will be able to create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
- Candidates will be able to understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
- Candidates will be able to plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
- Candidates will be able to assess student learning.
- Candidates will be able to develop as professional educators.
Single Subject Credential candidates typically spend one semester of student teaching at the middle or junior high school level and one semester at the high school level. These student teaching experiences are intended to take place in culturally diverse schools with students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Students work at two of the many public school districts with which we have contracts.
School districts occasionally offer qualified Single Subject Credential candidates the opportunity for a paid internship in lieu of student teaching, provided that 120 hours of specified coursework has been completed and the student has applied for, and been issued by the CTC, a university internship credential.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 semester units of credit at Notre Dame de Namur University, including at least one semester of student teaching in the teacher preparation program in order to be eligible to be recommended for a teaching credential.
The following summarizes the requirements for the preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential recommendation through NDNU. Asterisked items are required for advancement to student teaching or internship eligibility:
1. *Prerequisite: Verification of 40 hours of pre-acceptance field experience by completing NDNU’s course, EDU2006 or by teaching or volunteer experience completed with appropriate age in a school setting. Provide the original form signed by the site supervisor or provide official letter of verification from the site.
2. Successfully complete student teaching and required courses.
3. Pass the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT).
4. *Passage of Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST, or for more options, see: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf).
5. *Verification of Subject Matter Competence (e.g., CSET in appropriate teaching area or approved subject matter waiver).
6. *Verification of fingerprinting clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (also called a “Certificate of Clearance”). For more information, see: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl271.pdf).
7. *Copy of negative TB test result from within two years.
8. *Signed NDNU Release of Liability Form.
9. Verification meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement by exam, coursework or CSU degree.
10. CPR training in infant, child, and adult; training must meet standards of American Heart Association or American Red Cross and be current at time of credential filing.
|EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations||3|
|EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations||3|
|EDU4107 Foundations for Teaching English Learners||3|
|EDU4110 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher||2|
|EDU4113 Technology Applications in Education||1|
|EDU4116 Health Education||1|
|EDU4119 Assessment in the Classroom||2|
|EDU4442 Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar||4|
|EDU4445 Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar||4|
|EDU4400 Orientation to Teaching||1|
|EDU4404 Teaching and Pedagogy||2|
|EDU4407 Secondary Curriculum||2|
|EDU4410 Language and Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|Total Unit Requirement||31|
NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs may articulate designated courses up to 12 NDNU units toward a selected master’s degree. Candidates should contact the program director of the master’s degree of interest for more information.
Clearing Your Teaching Credential
For teachers in non-public and other schools in which an induction program is unavailable: See Master of Arts in Education with Curriculum and Instruction concentration.