Single Subject Preliminary Credential

The California SB2042 Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential authorizes educators to teach a specific subject, such as English, math, music or physical education. Individuals with this credential are qualified to teach their specific subjects in preschool through adult settings, but most teach in junior high, middle school or high school.

Single Subject Credential students are required to demonstrate subject matter competency in the subject area they desire to teach. Therefore, students who wish to teach at the secondary level should choose a major in their selected subject area. The teacher preparation coursework can be taken in conjunction with the major requirements.

Students are invited to formally apply to the credential program during LEDU301 Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the sophomore year. Once accepted into Biola's Teacher Preparation Program, students take courses in sequence.

The general education and major requirements may be obtained from the respective department or Registrar's Office. Students in the Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program will receive advising from both their major and the School of Education. View program sheet here.

The main elements are as follows:

  • Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework
  • Fieldwork Experiences
  • Student Teaching
  • Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs)
  • Additional Requirements and Exams

Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework


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 or SEED 514/515: Secondary Student Teaching (6, 6)

All teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Overall, a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the teacher preparation course sequence. See course catalog for complete details or the homepage for course descriptions.

Fieldwork Experiences


Students are required to fulfill fieldwork hours throughout their program. Listed below are the courses that require fieldwork hours. Biola will arrange the placements for the students with partnering districts.

LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3 credits, 25 fieldwork hours required)
Students will observe and participate in a secondary classroom within their content area for 25 hours. Students will observe and report on the relationship between state and academic content standards and instruction. Students will also observe and report on the relationship between student learning, assessment and classroom management strategies.

LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits, 10 fieldwork hours required)
Students will observe and participate in a classroom with English language learners for 10 hours. They will observe and shadow an English learner and create a student profile focusing on the English learner's strengths.

LEDU 425: Secondary Content Area Reading (3 credits, 35 fieldwork hours required)
Students will observe and participate in a secondary classroom within their content area for 35 hours. Students will assess the entire class's reading performance, assess the literacy of two individual students who are having difficulties and write reflections on their experiences. In addition, students will teach two or more lessons in their field assignment.

LEDU 437: Secondary Curriculum (1 credit, 60 fieldwork hours required)
Students will participate for 60 hours in a secondary classroom within their content area. Students will participate in a variety of classroom activities and will teach a minimum of four lessons and be evaluated by the cooperating teacher. Students have the option of completing 15 of the 60 hours in a Biola-approved tutoring clinic.

Student Teaching


Student Teaching is the final course in Biola's Teacher Preparation Program. Students earning a California SB2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential will have a placement at a high school or middle school. Each Student Teacher is assigned two Master Teachers, with two teaching periods and one preparation period spent with each teacher. Biola University supervisors mentor student teachers by making regular site visitations and giving weekly seminars. To view a list of the schools and districts with which we partner, click here. Please visit the Student Teaching Handbook for more information.

Students 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 half of the student teaching placement. The other half must be completed at a California public school. Interested teacher candidates can call the School of Education for more information.


Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPAs)


California law requires potential teachers to complete a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) as one of the steps to earning a teaching credential. This assessment — made up of four individual tasks — is designed to measure how well a candidate meets the state's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), which define what teachers should know and be able to do. Details regarding the CalTPA and TPEs are available from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Biola University includes the CalTPA tasks within its Teacher Preparation Program coursework. Passage of all four CalTPA tasks are required in order to receive formal recommendation from the University for the Preliminary Single subject teaching credentials. Specifics of each CalTPA task are as follows:

  • TPA Task #1
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #2
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 425: Secondary Content Area Reading (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #3
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 436: Secondary Curriculum (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #4
    ($120.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 450/452: Secondary Student Teaching (12 credits)

Please contact our TPA Coordinator, Professor Gwen Botka, with any further questions. See course catalog for complete details or the homepage for course descriptions.

Additional Requirements and Exams


Required Prior to Student Teaching

Additional Requirements

  • CPR certification (infant, child and adult). Must meet American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines. No online courses accepted.
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

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