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Secondary (Single Subject) Credential Requirements (California Prepared)

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To teach middle or secondary school in California, you must have the Single Subject Teaching CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site. This credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

California has a two-level teaching credential.

Intern ProgramIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site (An alternative path to a preliminary credential).
If you have a baccalaureate degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an intern programIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site while you complete the coursework necessary for a credential and teach. You might even be able to challenge the course work portion via the Early Completion Internship OptionIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorizationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

Credentialed in another state or country? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.

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