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Single Subject Credential

School of Education

Overview

Biola’s California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential program allows students to study in-person, in the evening or in a fully online environment. 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, but can sometimes be appropriate for elementary 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 fieldwork placements. After completion of coursework and the associated requirements, you will be formally recommended for their 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 this program as a standalone program at the graduate level, or start the program 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
  • Fieldwork
  • Traditional student teaching or teaching under an intern credential

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Student Program Pathways

Undergraduate Students 

You can begin coursework toward the Single Subject Teaching 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 should be taken during the first semester of your sophomore year. Once accepted into the credential program, you will take courses in sequence.

Graduate Students

The Single Subject Credential program at the graduate level is a non-degree program unless 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.

Undergraduate
  • LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • LEDU 330: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • LEDU 425: Secondary Content Area Reading (3)
  • LEDU 433: Single Subject Pedagogy (2)
  • LEDU 436/437: Secondary Curriculum / Fieldwork (3, 1)
  • LEDU 450/452: Secondary Student Teaching (6, 6)
See the catalog for complete details.

Graduate
  • SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2)
  • SEED 526: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • SEED 525: Secondary Content Area Reading (3)
  • SEED 533: Single Subject Pedagogy (2)
  • SEED 539: Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment (3)
  • SEED 514 & 515: Secondary Student Teaching (6, 6)
See the catalog for complete details.


Fieldwork

You are required to fulfill fieldwork hours for the courses below. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts.

Undergraduate
  • LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3 credits) — 25 fieldwork hours required
  • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits) — 10 fieldwork hours required
  • LEDU 425: Secondary Content Area Reading (3 credits) — 35 fieldwork hours required
  • LEDU 437: Secondary Curriculum (1 credit) — 60 fieldwork hours required
See the catalog for complete details.

Graduate
  • SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2 credits) — 25 fieldwork hours required (Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 10)
  • SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits) — 10 fieldwork hours required
  • SEED 525: Secondary Content Area Reading (3 credits) — 35 fieldwork hours required ((Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 10)
  • SEED 539: Secondary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment (3 credits) — 60 fieldwork hours required ((Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 15)
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 fieldwork hours in the schools.

Student Teaching or Teaching Under An Intern Credential

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

  • Traditional Track
    • The traditional track involves successful completion of coursework, fieldwork and an unpaid student teaching assignment during the final semester of the program. All fieldwork 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 traditional student teaching route, you will simultaneously enroll in SEED 514 and SEED 515 during your 16-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 (not private school). 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 completion of prerequisites and additional requirements followed by completion of online coursework while you are employed as a full-time multiple subject credential teacher under our intern credential. See the Single Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.
    • Details:
      • Instead of student teaching your final semester of the Single Subject Credential program, you can teach under an intern credential if you are eligible. Each semester you teach under 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: Elementary Intern Seminar I (3)
        • SEED 626: Elementary Intern Seminar II (3)
        • SEED 627: Elementary Intern Seminar III (3)
        • SEED 628: Elementary Intern Seminar IV (3)
      • You have the option to transition from traditional to the intern track at any time if qualifications are met.

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

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