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Single Subject Credential

Overview

The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program allows students to study in-person (at the graduate or undergraduate levels) or fully online (at the graduate level). 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. The online program is flexible to your schedule and location. This program authorizes you to teach one of the following subjects: art, English, health, 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, clinical practice 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.

Our biblically integrated credential program includes the following elements:

  • Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework
  • Field experience
  • Clinical practice through the student teaching or intern pathways

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Program Requirements

Students must meet and maintain the program requirements to successfully complete the Single Subject Credential program.

 

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Credential Pathways & Components

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 be completed either on campus or online. It can be completed as a non-degree program or as part of a master's degree. We offer the opportunity to earn your credential and master's degree simultaneously: M.A. in Teaching or M.A. in Education.

 

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. See point 7 of the program requirements for a list of required courses.

 

Field Experience

You are required to fulfill field experience hours for specific courses. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts. See point 9 of the program requirements for 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 Under an Intern Credential

At Biola, there are two pathways to meet the clinical practice requirement.

  • Student Teaching Pathway

    • The student teaching pathway — offered both online and on campus to graduate students or on campus to undergraduate students — involves successfully completing coursework and an unpaid student teaching assignment during the final semester of the program. All 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 the student teaching pathway, you will simultaneously enroll in LEDU 450 / SEED 514 and LEDU 452 / SEED 515 during your 18-week placement in a single classroom. You will be assigned master teachers and a Biola supervisor.
        • LEDU 450 / SEED 514: Secondary Student Teaching I (6)
        • LEDU 452 / 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 may be completed during Phase 2 of the student teaching placements. Phase 1 must be completed at a California public school. You can find out more information on our program requirements page.
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  • Intern Credential Pathway

    • The intern credential pathway — offered exclusively at the graduate level in the fully online program — involves successful fulfillment of prerequisites and additional requirements followed by completion of online coursework while you are employed as a full-time teacher under the intern credential. See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details. (Note: Students must find their own employment in a public school or charter school to be an intern.)
    • Details:
      • Instead of student teaching during your final semester of the Single Subject Credential Program, you can teach with an intern credential if you are eligible — allowing you to work as a paid classroom teacher while completing the program. 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) is 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 the student teaching pathway to the intern pathway at any time if qualifications are met.
      • See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.

Admissions & Deadlines

As a Christian institution, Biola seeks to admit applicants whose backgrounds clearly demonstrate scholarly aptitude, a commitment to the historic Christian faith, personal character and integrity, and a positive service-oriented motivation toward their field of study. Biola does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, socio-economic status, disability, or national or ethnic origin.

Education and GPA Requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the time you plan to start coursework at Biola, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Note: If you do not meet the degree or GPA requirements above, you may still be considered for admission. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions office at graduate.admissions@biola.edu. If you are an international student, contact grad.international@biola.edu.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • For requirement details, see "Complete program-specific admissions requirements" in the application steps section below.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you are required to display your English proficiency before admittance into a Biola University graduate program. See “English Proficiency” in the application steps section below.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Early Action: May 1
    • General: July 1
    • International Students
      • On Campus: June 1
      • Online/Hybrid: July 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Early Action: October 1
    • General: November 1
    • International Students: October 1
  • Summer Semester
    • General: April 1

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Meet Your Admissions Counselor

If you have more questions about the program, admissions process or Biola in general, schedule a phone call or send an email to your admissions counselor.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

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Josiah Franklin

Email: josiah.franklin@biola.edu
Text or Call: (562) 393-7564
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International Graduate Admissions Counselor

The Office of International Admissions serves students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Email: grad.international@biola.edu
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Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application

  2. Submit a non-refundable $65 application fee

  3. Submit supplemental application materials through your online application portal:

  4. Official Transcripts

    • Submit all official transcripts from previous academic institutions.
      • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • If enrolled at the time the application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study.
      • Transcripts will be considered official only when a) mailed directly from the institution to Biola, b) sent electronically through an approved vendor or c) physically delivered in an untampered envelope sealed by the institution. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.
        • Mail transcripts to:
          Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions
          13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639
    • Note for International Students: All international transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted (i.e. GPA on a 4.0 scale). If your transcripts do not show U.S. grade equivalencies, you must have them evaluated by a credential evaluation agency like SpanTran (Biola Discount), World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). Be sure to choose "course by course report" and have SpanTran/WES/FIS send them directly to Biola University via online portal or post (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639) in order to be considered official.

    Reference Letters

    • Note: Additional instructions can be found in the online application.

    Essays

    • Note: The essay prompts can be found in the online application.

    English Proficiency (required for non-native English speakers)

    • Evidence of English proficiency is required for all students to support student success. Proficiency must be shown through one of the methods described below:
      • Minimum test score on a qualifying standardized test
        • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 iBT
        • IELTS: minimum score of 7.5
        • Duolingo: minimum score of 125
      • A degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral) issued by an institution where English is the medium of instruction.
        • Official written communication from the institution (Registrar, Controller of Examinations Office, or Undergraduate College)
        • Official degree statements or transcripts may be accepted given English is stated as the medium of instruction
        • Official catalog verification
        • Note: For universities from non-Anglophone countries, further language assessment may be required.
      • Completion of the English Language Scholars (ELS) with passing status on the ELS's final exit exam, which must be approved by the ELS Director in collaboration with the academic program committee. An updated TOEFL or IELTS score may be used at the end of a term to test directly into the graduate program for the following term.
      • Qualify for English Language Scholars (ELS), which allows students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores to still enroll in their graduate degree program. Students would be taking academic English courses concurrently with the graduate degree program courses.
        • Students eligible for ELS will be assessed by the ELS Director to determine the total number of academic English courses to take while enrolled in their graduate program courses. The following are the scores needed to qualify for ELS: TOEFL iBT 90 / IELTS 7.0 / Duolingo 110–124.
        • Note: Students must be admitted to the graduate program first to be considered for ELS.
  5. Complete program-specific admissions requirements:

  6. Single Subject Credential

    • Verify Certificate of ClearanceVerify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
    • Verify Subject Matter Competency — At admission, applicants will need to verify subject matter competency or demonstrate evidence of continuous progress toward meeting the subject matter competency by one of the following:
      • Present a letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter waiver program
      • Present evidence of an attempt of at least one subtest of CSET
      • Present proof of enrollment to take the CSET
      • Present proof of enrollment in a CSET preparation course or evidence of purchasing CSET preparation materials
    • Meet Basic Skills Requirement (or attempt CBEST) — Attempt the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
    • Fieldwork in California — Applicants must have the ability to complete fieldwork in California.
  7. Interview with a faculty member

    • After your application and all supplemental application requirements are submitted and approved, you will have an in-person or phone/video interview (if long distance or online) with a faculty member.
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    Things to Note

    • Track your application status at any time. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time. Your information will be saved. When you apply, to guarantee confidentiality, you will be asked to create a user name and a password, and will receive a personalized identification number. Track your application status by logging in to the online application.
    • Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.
    • International students who will be studying on campus are required to apply for an F-1 student visa. For more information, visit biola.edu/international/admitted-students.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Biola is committed to help make your studies affordable — each school offers different scholarship, grant and loan opportunities to help finance your education.

Cost Per Credit (2024‑25) This rate applies to coursework taken at the graduate level$698
Total Program Tuition (Estimated) Based on total program credits and 2024‑25 cost per credit$19,544

Format

On Campus: You'll study in person at Biola University's campus in Southern California.

Online: You'll take coursework fully online.

Total Credits

Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.

Cost per Credit

This is the cost per credit; total tuition costs for each term will differ for part-time and full-time students.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.

Accreditation

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