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Preliminary Single Subject Credential

with optional Bilingual Authorization*

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the teaching credential programs, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the School of Education, applicants must also show that they have met the California basic skills requirement and demonstrate that they have subject matter competency in the areas in which they intend to teach.

Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) to meet the basic skills requirement. They must also pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in their subject area. In lieu of the CSET, these candidates may demonstrate competency by providing proof of successful completion of a CTC-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program.

All credential students also choose and enroll in one of the master of arts programs listed in Teacher Education.

Credential Curriculum

Preliminary Single Subject (SS) Teaching Credential

A total of 34 credits is required to complete the Preliminary Single Subject Credential.
Teacher Education course descriptions are in the USF General Catalog online. Course schedule is subject to change.

1st Semester | 13 credits

TEC 600 - Teaching, Learning and Technology (2 credits)
TEC 610 - Learning and Teaching (3 credits)
TEC 618 - Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (3 credits)
TEC 643 - Education of Exceptional Children (2 credits)

Students whose 1st semester is in Fall also take one of the following 3 courses:

  • TEC 615 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: Math & Science (3 credits)
  • TEC 628 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: English (3 credits)
  • TEC 629 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: Social Science (3 credits)

Students whose 1st semester is in Spring also take:

  • TEC 625 - Teaching Adolescents (3 credits)

2nd Semester | 11 credits

TEC 611 - Education of Bilingual Children: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
TEC 622 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: Academic Literacy (3 credits)
TEC 660 - SS Student Teaching I - Fieldwork (2 credits)

Students whose 2nd semester is in Fall also take one of the following 3 courses:

  • TEC 615 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: Math and Science (3 credits)
  • TEC 628 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: English (3 credits)
  • TEC 629 - SS Curriculum and Instruction: Social Science (3 credits)

Students whose 2nd semester is in Spring also take:

  • TEC 625 - Teaching Adolescents (3 credits)

3rd Semester | 10 credits

TEC 601 - Teacher Portfolio Development (1 credit)
TEC 642 - Health Education (1 credit)
TEC 655 - SS Student Teaching II - Fieldwork (4 credits)
TEC 656 - SS Student Teaching III - Fieldwork or
TEC 657 - SS Student Teaching III - Bilingual Authorization (4 credits)


*Optional Bilingual Authorization

Bilingual Authorization candidates are required to take two courses in addition to their preliminary credential program prior to or concurrently with SS Student Teaching III:

  • TEC 635 - Language & Culture of Emphasis: Spanish
    (2 credits) Fall only
  • TEC 636 - Methods & Materials in the Language of Emphasis: Spanish (2 credits) Spring only
  • TEC 657 - SS Student Teaching III - Bilingual Authorization
    Candidates complete a student teaching placement in a bilingual classroom.

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish is open to candidates who satisfy language proficiency requirements. Students must demonstrate satisfactory language proficiency competence prior to enrolling in Bilingual Authorization courses.

In addition, written and oral knowledge of Spanish at an FSI Level 3 ("Able to speak, read, and write in the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate in most formal and informal communications on practical, social, and professional topics.") or its equivalent, must be demonstrated prior to Student Teaching II and III.