The Single-Subject Credential Program is offered as a day and evening program and may include weekends. The subject areas available are: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and Physical Education. A Concurrent Single-Subject and Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Option is also available. Single-subject (high school) teacher education candidates enroll in a program designed to prepare them to teach students in grades seven through twelve. Upon completion of the program, candidates receive a Preliminary Single-Subject Credential. Those who complete the concurrent option also receive the Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Instruction Credential that also authorizes instruction to students in grades K through 12 and adults with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, other health impairment (e.g., Attention Deficit Disorder), or specific learning disability.
In the day program two-semester curriculum, candidates take courses in teaching and learning in high schools, discipline and interdisciplinary specific methods, and multilingual/multicultural education. The evening program is designed for individuals who work during the day and take evening and weekend coursework with the exception of student teaching. Coursework is taught by a team of instructors with class sessions and assignments geared to the particular needs of high school teachers and learners. The teaching team is comprised of faculty from both the College of Education, Health and Human Services and College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences and is assisted by educators from North County high schools who share expertise and experiences and model exemplary high school practices.
North County public secondary schools serve as sites for single-subject field experiences. Supervision of single subject clinical practice is a shared responsibility of a university faculty advisor and an on-site liaison (a full-time teacher at the school site). Two different opportunities at different school sites constitute the field experience. Within these experiences there are opportunities to practice teaching in a variety of subjects to diverse student populations with varying ability levels. During clinical practice, candidates are encouraged to participate in school faculty activities outside of the classroom in order to gain experience and expertise in the organizational and decision-making characteristics of a high school culture.
An important aspect of the program is the acquisition of the authorization to teach English learners in order to better serve the needs of students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Requirements are met through the infusion of content and experience through specific courses and during clinical practice experiences. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has adopted Subject Matter Authorizations as an alternative method to obtain an additional subject area authorization. It is recommended that candidates obtain additional authorizations.
Preliminary "Add On" Program - This Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist “Add On” Program is specially designed for teachers who have completed a basic (e.g., Multiple-Subject, Single- Subject) credential and have satisfied California subject matter competence requirements (an emergency or substitute permit is not a basic credential). The Authorization to Teach English Learners is met through coursework and clinical experiences. This credential program prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults with identified disabilities. The program provides the option to obtain a Master of Arts in Education degree with a special education emphasis. See the Master of Arts in Education – Option 3: Special Education Preliminary Preparation program description for admissions requirements, courses, and clinical practice that may be applied toward the master’s degree.
The Preliminary Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Mild/Moderate Mental Retardation, other health impairment (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder), or specific learning disability. The Preliminary Moderate/ Severe Education Specialist Credential authorizes instruction of students with a primary disability of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Emotional Disturbance, Moderate/Severe Mental Retardation, or multiple disabilities. All credentials authorize instruction of English learners. Preliminary "Add On" Internship - This Intern Partnership Option prepares teachers in advanced skills to instruct students in grades K through 12 and adults with identified disabilities while working as a special educator. Admission requirements for the program are the same as those described for the Preliminary Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist “Add On” Program.