Preliminary Single Subject Credential

Mission: We invite candidates in the teacher education program at FPU to embrace teaching as a calling to redemptive service. We expect our graduates will become scholars, professionals, peacemakers and leaders as they enter the teaching profession.

The single subject preliminary credential program prepares candidates to teach in middle or high schools (Grades 7-12). Candidates are prepared to teach a particular subject area. FPU'€™s credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC) and recognized by private schools, as well.

Unique Features

  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice 
  • Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts 
  • Collaborative learning community 
  • Quality mentorship 
  • High rate of employment

Subjects Available:

Art, English, math, music, physical education, science (biology, chemistry, geo-science, physics) and social science

Degree Program

Teacher Education Program

Our Graduates

Upon completion of the program requirements, candidates are recommended for a preliminary single subject teaching credential allowing them to seek subject area teaching positions in middle and high schools.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application form and fee
  • Three reference forms (see form below)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of  3.0 or higher
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • Teacher Education Addendum (see form below)
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints - see form below)
  • Official passing results on Basic Skills Test
  • Official passing results on CSET
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Program plans: All applicants are urged to meet with a program advisor to select the program plan that best meets their needs. Interested applicants will see that it is optimal to complete a “jump start” in the spring or summer term prior to the two-semester full-time program. These courses are offered in the evenings. It is recommended that students do not work, or work minimally, during the two full-time semesters in the program. We treat all students as individuals, so plans can be modified to meet individual needs.

Total Units: 34 program units & 6 co-requisite units

The credential program requires that students complete three additional courses as either pre-requisites or co-requisites: Linguistics, Adolescent Psychology and Health Education. These courses can be transferred from an accredited university or community college. Undergraduate courses are acceptable. FPU also offers these courses. If you are interested in taking these courses from FPU, speak to your advisor about when and where they are offered.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The multiple subjects preliminary credential is offered as a part of FPU's combined credential/MAT program. However, some students may choose to enroll in the credential-only program. Credential-only students who change their mind and wish to enroll in the MAT program need to complete a Change of Enrollment form (available in the GDC Office).

National Report on Teacher Quality
Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs 2012-13

Program information and tuition subject to change.