Single Subject Credentials: Middle & High School

UC Riverside's Single Subject Credential program prepares you to be an outstanding teacher or a leader in a school district. You will learn through peer cohort and experienced teacher mentorship. By the time you complete the program, you will have a credential to teach in California, a designation that is widely accepted in other states and gives you access to various career options. You can choose to earn your single subject teaching credential only, or a joint Master’s in Education with single subject teaching credential. Both programs run concurrently, and both are a one-year cohort model program.

The program provides you with a Single Subject Teaching Credential

  • The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes you to provide instruction in classrooms in secondary schools (usually grades 7-12)
  • The one-year cohort model program begins in Summer quarter (June) and ends the following Spring quarter (June)

The program prepares you to teach secondary school (middle/high school) in one of the following subjects: 

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, and General Science)
  • World Languages (Spanish)

The UCR Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Questions related to accredited status should be directed to the CTC Commission on Accreditation:


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Program Overview

    The Single Subject credential program at UC Riverside is a 12-month program consisting of educational foundations coursework and field placements. Students complete the coursework and student teaching hours in one academic year, concurrently.

    UC Riverside's rigorous program provides students with a more thorough understanding of educational issues and methodology with the added benefit of in-class experience - in one year. This results in our graduates being better prepared, more experienced, and more confident as they embark on their teaching careers.

  • SS Courses and Schedules

    All program plans are created individually for each candidate by their advisor. Below our general program plans for Single Subject candidates:

    Single Subject - Credential and M.Ed. Program 


  • What does the SS Credential get you?

    You can teach middle and high school in your authorization area.

    Students completing the M.Ed. Single Subject program  will receive a Preliminary Single Subject Credential, with an included emphasis in instructing English Language Learners and will be authorized to provide the following services: (1) instruction for English language development in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults; and (2) specially designed content instruction delivered in English in single subject matter.


  • Admissions

    We highly encourage all candidates to meet with an advisor or attend an information session prior to applying. For information session dates and to RSVP, please visit:

    Visit our admissions page for more information on UCR’s Teacher Education Program requirements:


  • Single Subjects International Applicants/Non U.S. Residents

    Special Information for applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

    For an application to be considered for review, international applicants must complete the requirements listed below prior to submitting the application. These items are required by the state of California in order to participate in a Teacher Preparation Program, receive a teaching credential, and are considered part of our regular admission requirements. Please note: the application fee is non-refundable.

    Certificate of Clearance

    If you are an international applicant on a student visa, a non-U.S. citizen, or a non-U.S. permanent resident and you are applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), please note the following: in order to be eligible for student teaching, all applicants must complete a Certificate of Clearance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Certificate of Clearance application requires a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). For information on obtaining a SSN or ITIN, visit the IRS website. All candidates must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before the application deadline to be eligible for admission. Learn more about the Certificate of Clearance.

    Student teaching is mandatory for all TEP students in order to complete the required coursework and obtain a teaching credential. If a student is not able to begin student teaching, he/she/they will need to withdraw from the program. Applicants who are ineligible to obtain a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax I.D. Number should talk to an advisor before applying. If you have questions, contact us at


    The International Affairs Office: 

    The Undocumented Student Programs: 

    Foreign Transcript Evaluation

    Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents. The complete transcript evaluation must be uploaded into the application prior to the deadline for the application to be considered for review.  Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved organization. Learn more about Foreign Transcript Evaluations.  

    Please note: the UC Riverside’s Graduate Division has additional requirements for international applicants. Please review their Required Documentation from International Institutions


  • Required Single Subject Exams
    • Subtest I: 50 multiple-choice questions
    • Subtest II: 50 multiple-choice questions
    • Subtest III: 2 constructed-response questions
    • Subtest IV: 4 constructed-response questions

    For information on English CSETs test structure, please visit:

    Foundational Level Mathematics
    • Subtest I: (test code 211)
    • Subtest II : (test code 212)

    For information on Foundational Level Mathematics CSET test structure, please visit:

    General Science
    • Subtest I (test code 215)

    For information on General Science CSET test structure, please visit:

    • Subtest I (test code 211)
    • Subtest III (test code 212)
    • Subtest III (test code 213)

    For information on Mathematics CSETs test structure, please visit:

    • Subtest I (test code 215)
    • Subtest II (test code 217-220)
      • Life Sciences (test code 217)
      • Chemistry (test code 218)
      • Earth and Space Sciences (test code 219)
      • Physics (test code 220)

    For information on Science CSETs test structure, please visit:

    Social Science
    • Subtest I (test code 114)
    • Subtest II (test code 115)
    • Subtest III (test code 116)

    For information on Social Science CSETs test structure, please visit:

    • Subtest I (test code 145)
    • Subtest II (test code 146)
    • Subtest III (test code 147)

    For information on Spanish CSETs test structure, please visit:


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