PhD Program Overview

Single Subject Teaching Credential

Prepare to Teach One Subject in Middle School or High School

If you have a bachelor's degree and would like to become a teacher of one specific subject, UCR's Single Subject Teaching Credential program deserves close consideration. The Graduate School of Education helps you prepare to teach in one of the following five content areas:
  • English
  • Mathematics and Foundational Mathematics
  • Science: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, and Foundational General Science
  • Social Science
  • World Languages (Spanish)

You have two options for earning your single subject teaching credential:

  • Option 1 – Complete the full-time post-baccalaureate non-degree program. This is an excellent choice if you want to earn a teaching credential but don't want to earn a master's degree.
  • Option 2 – Complete a MEd in General Education with Teaching Emphasis. If you pursue this option you will earn both the single subject teaching credential and a master’s degree. This option is open only to exceptional teacher candidates who hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

While enrolled in this teacher education program, you will gradually assume full-time teaching responsibilities in the classroom. You will complete field and practicum experiences at assigned school sites in partnering districts during the day. By the time you finish your single subject California teaching credential, you will be ready to assume full teaching responsibilities in a middle school or high school classroom. Teacher candidates with prior teaching experience, may be eligible for an internship program and an early completion option from our alternative teacher preparation options. Intern and Early Completion Options.

Highlights of the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program

  • Earn your single subject teaching credential in one academic year. Begin in the summer and earn your credential by spring in the next year.
  • Add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish to your single subject teaching credential, if desired. Learn about Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.
  • Gain a California teaching credential, which is widely accepted in other states, giving you great employment options.
  • Study as part of student cohort with others who hold similar goals for their teaching careers.
  • Work closely with a supervisor of teacher education who will observe you in the field and match you to a school that is aligned to your career aspirations.
  • Gain experience teaching diverse student populations.
  • Intern as a full-time teacher under contract to a district, if you meet eligibility requirements. Submit a Request for Intern Letter of Eligibility, which is needed before you can interview for an intern position at a district or school.
  • Receive assistance in job placement including job fairs, mock interviews, and help networking with human resources personnel.

Career Prospects for High School and Middle School Teachers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, middle school teachers can expect 12 percent growth in teaching positions between 2012 and 2022, which equates to about 76,000 openings. Middle school teachers in the U.S. have a median annual salary of $53,430. High school teachers can anticipate only a 6 percent increase in job openings between 2012 and 2022, or about 52,900 positions. High school teachers have a median annual salary of $55,050.

For more information about the Teacher Education programs, contact:

Frances Valdovinos, Admissions Advisor (English, Spanish, & Social Science)

Alex Arriaga, Admissions Advisor (Mathematics and Science)

1124 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-5225