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Single Subject Credential

School of Education


The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program allows students to study in-person or fully online. The in-person program at the graduate level offers evening classes while the in-person undergraduate program offers a mix of daytime and evening classes. This program authorizes you to teach art, English, mathematics, music, physical education, social science, science or Spanish. With this credential, you are usually offered employment in a middle school or high school classroom setting. This credential also includes an authorization to teach English language learners in your classroom.

The Single Subject Credential is primarily appropriate for middle school and high school teachers. As you develop a foundation in lesson planning, classroom technology, psychology and reading, you will have opportunities to observe and participate firsthand in the methods used by cooperating teachers during field experience placements. After finishing coursework and the associated requirements, you will be formally recommended for the SB 2042 California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential. You can also receive your ACSI Teacher Certification while earning your California preliminary teaching credential by meeting additional requirements.

You can either pursue the Single Subject Credential Program as a standalone program at the graduate level, or start the program on campus at the undergraduate level through a major in your selected subject area. The teacher preparation coursework can be taken in conjunction with the major requirements.

Our biblically integrated program includes the following elements:

  • Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework
  • Field experience
  • Online or on-campus student teaching or teaching with an intern credential
  • Clinical practice

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Student Program Pathways

Undergraduate Students 

You can begin coursework toward the Single Subject Credential through your major. If you wish to teach at the secondary level, you should choose the major in your selected subject area, as this program requires demonstration of subject matter competency.

Students can apply to the credential program during LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching, which can be taken as early as your second semester of your freshman year. Once accepted into the credential program, you will take courses in sequence.

Graduate Students

The Single Subject Credential Program at the graduate level can either be completed as a non-degree program or pursued simultaneously with the M.A. in Teaching or M.A. in Education programs. 

Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework

All teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher with an overall 3.0 GPA.

Field Experience

You are required to fulfill field experience hours for specific courses. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts.

See the catalog for complete details. Most graduate students work full time and, through permission from their employers, utilize personal or vacation time to arrange for their field experience hours in the schools. Those teaching full time may have reduced field experience hours.

Student Teaching or Teaching with an Intern Credential

At Biola, there are two ways to meet the student teaching requirement at the graduate level.

  • Online/On Campus Track
    • The online/on campus track involves successfully completing coursework, field experience, and a student teaching assignment during the final semester of the program. All field experience and student teaching placements will be in WASC-accredited public schools. You will be assigned a Biola supervisor. See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.
    • Details:
      • Student teaching is the final course in Biola's Single Subject Credential Program. If you complete this requirement through the online/on-campus student teaching route, you will simultaneously enroll in SEED 514 and SEED 515 during your 18-week placement in a single classroom. You will be assigned master teachers and a Biola supervisor.
        • SEED 514: Secondary Student Teaching I (6)
        • SEED 515: Secondary Student Teaching II (6)
      • You may student teach in a California public school, or a private school for Phase 2. Biola will find the student teaching placement for you.
    • Student Teaching Overseas
      • You have the opportunity to student teach overseas in a variety of countries in accredited K–12 international and private schools. An overseas assignment can count as one of the two student teaching placements. The other must be completed at a California public school. You can find out more information on our on our program requirements page.
  • Intern Track
    • The intern track involves successful fulfillment of prerequisites and additional requirements followed by completion of online coursework while you are employed as a full-time single subject credential teacher under our intern credential. See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details. (Note: Students must be in a public school or charter school to be an intern.)
    • Details:
      • Instead of student teaching your final semester of the Single Subject Credential Program, you can teach with an intern credential if you are eligible. Each semester you teach with the intern credential, you will enroll in the intern support seminars. By the end of the program, you will need to have taken all four seminar courses (12 total credits). Student teaching (SEED 514/515) will not be required in the intern credential track.
        • SEED 625: Secondary Intern Seminar I (3)
        • SEED 626: Secondary Intern Seminar II (3)
        • SEED 627: Secondary Intern Seminar III (3)
        • SEED 628: Secondary Intern Seminar IV (3)
      • You have the option to transition from online/on campus to the intern track at any time if qualifications are met.
      • See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.

View our other teaching credential programs.

Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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