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General Catalog 2023-2024 
General Catalog 2023-2024

Single Subject Credential - Geo Science

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Single Subject Credential - Geological Sciences Requirements

Single Subject Credential (2042)
Education Building, Room 100

Program Description. The Single Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in the subject area specified on the credential in departmentalized classrooms commonly found at middle schools, high schools, and adult educational settings. The Kremen School of Education and Human Development offers the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in cooperation with various academic departments. The cooperating departments are responsible for developing subject matter competency; the Kremen School of Education and Human Development is primarily responsible for developing professional education competency.

The Single Subject coordinator provides general advisement for Single Subject Credential candidates. Area advisors (see list) provide academic advisement for credential candidates majoring in their respective departments, teach methods courses in their subject fields, assign and supervise student teachers, and act as official liaisons between the subject matter departments and the Single Subject coordinator. advisors may be contacted through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development Advising Center.

Students may earn two types of credentials through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development:

  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential
  • Internship Single Subject Credential

A Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides authorization to teach a specified subject in a departmentalized classroom for a maximum period of five years. Requirements for completing the Professional (Clear) Single Subject Credential will be provided by the employing school district.

Requirements for Initial Admission

  1. Attend a Single Subject Credential program orientation meeting.
  2. Provide evidence of successful completion of an appropriate pre-program field experience (45 hours) or EHD 50 - Introduction to Teaching .
  3. Provide evidence of having taken all three sections of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) with passing scores. Verification of a minimum score of 41 is required when passing only the reading and writing sections.
  4. Complete an application to the credential program. Required application materials and forms are available online at All admission requirements (forms, documents, prerequisites) must be completed prior to enrollment in professional program courses.
  5. Prove current enrollment in or application to California State University, Fresno with a receipt of application, a current enrollment transcript, or class schedule.
  6. Provide verification of a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or 2.75 on the last 60 units.
  7. Complete an Admission Interview Form and obtain an interview from a Single Subject Credential faculty member and from the subject area academic advisor.
  8. Obtain a medical clearance at the University Health Center or from a private physician.
  9. Obtain two recommendation letters written by instructors, supervisors, or other individuals in a position to recommend for admission into a teacher education program.
  10. Obtain appropriate clearance to teach in a public school by presenting a valid California Teaching Credential or applying for a Character and Identification Clearance.

Program Completion Requirements
(University and State Credentialing)

Successful completion of a core of professional education courses, dispositional assessments, and all performance assessment tasks associated with the Fresno Assessment of Student Teachers (FAST).

Requirements for a Preliminary Single Subject Credential

Note: Teacher candidates must earn a GPA of 3.0 with a C or better, or a CR (Credit), on all professional preparation courses to be recommended for the credential.

  1. Complete prerequisites/corequisites and a 34-unit core of professional education courses:
    1. Prerequisite: EHD 50  
    2. Prerequisite or corequisite: CI 149  
    3. General Core (see below)
  2. Demonstrate subject matter competence: (a.) Complete an approved subject matter preparation program or pass the subject matter examinations designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. (b.) Receive clearance from the academic advisor that subject matter competency has been met.
  3. Complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a subject matter other than education.
  4. Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  5. Verify completion of CPR training.
  6. Complete a course in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution or pass an examination in the subject given by a regionally accredited junior college, college, or university, or verify meeting the interstate agreement requirements.

Requirements for the Preliminary and Professional (clear) Credentials can change, and subject matter tests can be revised. For an update or other information, contact the Certification and Graduate Programs Office in ED 151 at 559.278.0299.

Time Restrictions. Education courses required for a Preliminary Credential must be completed no more than 10 years prior to credential application.

Note: With the exception of the Internship Program, individuals may begin a Single or Multiple Subject Credential program if they are in their senior year, have completed at least 90 units toward a bachelor’s degree, and have been admitted to a credential program.

General Core

Total (34 units)

Requirements for Admission to Initial Student Teaching (EHD 155A)

  1. Submit an EHD 155A  application form by the specified deadline.
  2. Receive notification of initial admission to the Single Subject Credential program.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA on all professional education courses. All courses (except those offered for CR/NC only) must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. Complete a program advising form and have it signed by the academic area advisor and the Single Subject coordinator or Single Subject advisor.
  5. Have completed or be enrolled concurrently in CI 151  and CI 152 . Be concurrently enrolled in SPED 121  and CI 159 .

Requirements for Admission to Final Student Teaching (EHD 155B)

  1. Submit an EHD 155B  application form by deadline.
  2. Demonstrate subject matter competence.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA on professional education coursework. All courses (except those offered for CR/NC only) must be taken for a letter grade.
  4. If granted an “Exception” admission, satisfy all requirements specified when the exception was granted.
  5. Show evidence of passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) by presenting a CBEST Permanent Verification card.
  6. Have completed CI 151 , CI 152 , CI 159 , SPED 121 , and EHD 155A . Have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LEE 154 . Have completed or be concurrently enrolled in CI 161  (depending on policy of the appropriate academic department).

Note: Students who receive a “No Credit” grade in any student teaching course are required to petition the Admission and Standards Committee for approval to retake the course. Students who receive a grade of “No Credit” for a second time will be dismissed from the Single Subject Credential Program. Student teachers whose placements are terminated after the date for refund of tuition are responsible for full tuition regardless of circumstances leading to termination.

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