Single Subject Credential (Middle and High School)
Dr. William Barry
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 postbaccalaureate 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 course work and two student teaching experiences within a calendar year. NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs may articulate up to 15 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and up to 12 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Disciplinary Studies. Interested candidates should contact the Program Director of Master of Arts in Education for more information.
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.
Public school districts occasionally offer qualified Single Subject candidates the opportunity for a paid internship in lieu of unpaid student teaching. This requires intern candidates to secure a university internship credential through the credentials office which requires: an official offer of employment, approval of the Program Director, the completion of specified pre-service coursework including one semester of student teaching, and the willingness of the employing district to sign and participate in a support and supervision agreement with NDNU. Subject to Program Director approval, students may complete student teaching at a WASC-accredited private school.
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. The lowest grade in student teaching that is considered successful is a B-. The lowest grade in all other credential courses that is considered successful is a C, provided a 3.0 GPA minimum is maintained.
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 an approved subject matter waiver from an accredited college or university.)
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, course work, or
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.
Required Courses Units
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
EDU4400 Orientation to Teaching 1
EDU4404 Teaching and Pedagogy 2
EDU4407 Secondary Curriculum 2
EDU4410 Language and Literacy in the Content Areas 3
EDU4442 Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar 4
EDU4445 Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar 4
Total Unit Requirement 31
Articulation with the Master of Arts in Education
NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs may articulate up to 15 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and up to 12 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Disciplinary Studies. Interested candidates should contact the Program Director of Master of Arts in Education for more information.
Obtaining the Professional Clear Teaching Credential
Teachers who have taken graduate coursework as part of their induction program for the Professional Clear Credential may transfer up to 6 semester units of recent coursework toward the Master of Arts in Education. Consult with the Director of the Master of Arts in Education Program for information regarding approved induction courses.