Online Single Subject Teaching Credential

Gain the authorization you need to become a middle or high school teacher with a completely online program designed for working adults.


Open the Door to New Possibilities

Cal State East Bay’s Online Single Subject Teaching Credential program is especially designed for those who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become middle and high school teachers.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn the necessary pedagogical skills to effectively teach adolescents, acquire an understanding of adolescent learner psychology, develop proper attitudes towards teaching, and become a self-confident educator.

Best in the West

Selected as a "Best in the West" college by The Princeton Review

Faculty Excellence

Taught by educational leaders in CSUEB’s Department of Teacher Education

One-of-a-Kind Training

Achieve the single subject teaching credential in a completely online format

Unique Training that Puts You on the Fast Track to Success

With a flexible learning format, the Online Single Subject Credential can be achieved in just one year and authorizes teaching specified subjects required for almost all high school and middle school teaching positions.

Make a Positive Impact on the Next Generation

The teaching profession is one of the most noble and fulfilling professions that you can pursue, and there is always a need for good teachers who can help their students compete in this ever-changing world. As a middle or high school teacher, you can look forward to making a positive difference in the lives of your learners.

Occupational Outlook

$105K+ Salary

The annual mean salary of secondary school teachers was $73,800 in 2023, and the annual mean salary in California was $105,540.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2,300+ Monthly Hires

The average monthly hires for secondary school teachers in California was 2,376 in 2021.

—Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

Job Growth

Employment of secondary school teachers is projected to grow 4.9 percent from 2021 to 2031.

—Labor Market Analytics – Lightcast

Expand Your Professional Reach

Equipped with your Single Subject Teaching Credential, you’ll be able to combine your academic skills and teacher training to take appropriate steps for your learners' optimum development and impart the necessary knowledge of your subject matter. You can look forward to joining the list of successful graduates who are making a positive difference in the lives of their students.

Successful program completers are qualified for a Single Subject Teaching Credential that qualifies them to teach at the middle and high school level (Grades 6-12); some subject areas span Grades K-12. Candidates in the SSOC can choose one of the following subject areas for their credential: Art, Dance, English, Music, Physical Education, Social Science (History), World Languages (languages other than English; credentials available for any language for which there is a CSET), or Theater.

Note: Science and math credentials are only offered on campus, and are not a part of the Online Single Subject Teaching Credential program. If interested in a Single Subject Math or Science Teaching Credential, please follow this link for information about the On-Campus Single Subject Credential Program and application details.

CSUEB's online single subject credential program is the first of its kind and was a perfect fit for me while I continued to work in the classroom. I'm so grateful I got to be a part of the pilot program that launched my career in public school, allowing me to intern and interview for more opportunities that doubled my salary.

Megan Sedillo, Single Subject Teaching Credential Graduate

Program Format

This program begins each year in the summer, and candidates complete their credential the following spring. It is delivered in a completely online format with both synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Credential Requirements

To earn your credential, you must complete the following courses. Please note, the actual course schedule is sent to admitted students annually prior to beginning the first semester.

Sample Schedule of Required Courses

First Semester (Summer) – 13 units
TED 521 Content Literacy (4 units)
TED 520 Foundations of Single Subject Education (4 units)
TED 522 Introduction to Teaching Emergent Bilinguals (1 unit)
TED 525 Introduction to Teaching Special Ed Students in Single Subject Classroom (1 unit)
TED 530-568 Methods 1 (3 units)
Second Semester (Fall) – 14 units
TED 523 Inclusive Practices in a Single Subject Classroom A (3 units)
TED 528 Technology in the Single Subject Classroom (2 units)
TED 575 Single Subject Fieldwork Seminar A (1 unit)
TED 585 Single Subject Field Placement A (5 units)
TED 530-568 Methods 2 (3 units)
Third Semester (Spring) – 15 units
TED 524 Inclusive Practices in a Single Subject Classroom B (3 units)
TED 529 Professional Responsibilities (3 units)
TED 530-568 Methods 3 (3 units)
TED 576 Single Subject Fieldwork Seminar B (1 unit)
TED 586 Single Subject Field Placement B (5 units)

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Featured Faculty

The online campus at Cal State East Bay is well known for its quality and approach to student service. The Department of Teacher Education faculty teaching in the online program are committed to preparing effective teachers and other educational professionals for California's diverse schools. The faculty have years of recognized expertise and are active in the professional discipline of Teacher Education. They are supplemented by a select group of lecturers and university supervisors drawn from respected universities and public schools from within the Bay Area and beyond.

Eric Engdahl

PhD, Professor

Dr. Eric Engdahl teaches standards-based visual and performing arts methods to undergraduates, multiple-subject credential candidates, and masters students in the Early Childhood Education program. His classes cover how to effectively integrate visual and performing arts across the curricula. He teaches single subject methods courses in visual art, social studies, physical education, and music. In addition to teaching at CSUEB, he has taught in the Actor Training Program at Solano College, Wright State University, and Florida International University. He works as a consultant and artist in the classroom with many schools in the East Bay.

Denise Fleming

PhD, Professor

As the first person in my family to complete high school-let alone go to college-I know the power of literacy and how a single teacher can change the entire trajectory of a student's life.

Dr. Denise, as her students call her, brings nearly four decades of K-12 and university teaching experience to her work with graduate students. Her teaching and scholarship are grounded in social justice, diversity, and practical applications of theoretical and evidence-based knowledge.

Dr. Fleming completed her doctoral degree at UC Berkeley. Her accomplishments include serving President of the California Reading Association, Chair of the CSU system-wide Reading Task Force, Co-director of an $800,000 literacy-based school-university partnership grant, and three terms as Chair of the CSU system-wide standing committee on Academic Preparation and Education Programs (APEP).

Dr. Fleming holds several credentials, including Multiple Subject, two Single Subjects, a specialist credential in Reading and Language Arts, a supplemental authorization in Mathematics; and the Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate. She is multilingual and has taught in bilingual and ESL settings.

Dr. Fleming's areas of scholarly interest include literacy across the life spectrum, teacher development in diverse settings, assessment, higher education governance, second language pedagogy, and technology applications in educational settings. Dr. Fleming is also an educational consultant in private practice.

James Mitchell

PhD, Professor

Dr. James M. Mitchell is a professor of Teacher Education. He started the first-ever single subject credential online program in the CSU in 2019 and served as Director of the Global Single Subject Credential Remote Program from 2019-22. In June 2022, Dr. Mitchell returned to full-time teaching.

He has been a member of the CSUEB Teacher Education faculty since 2002. Dr. Mitchell teaches Foundations of Education, Technology in Education, and Professional Responsibilities. His research focuses on technology in teacher education, cooperation, and conflict resolution as related to HIV/AIDS education and service learning, as well as democratic-citizenship skill development through cooperation in the classroom. Presently, Dr. Mitchell is part of a seven-person team that is collaborating on a project to teach Social Studies using STEM and other subjects, specifically as such teaching relates to Civil Rights. His work focuses on "access for all" in today's political and socio-cultural climate.

Mary Soto

EdD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Soto is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education. She teaches English Methods, Introduction to Teaching Emergent Bilinguals, and Inclusive Teaching in Single Subject/Multiple Subject Classrooms. Her research focuses on long-term English Learners and effective strategies for differentiating Language Arts curriculum.

Dr. Soto is a Board Member of the California Council of Teacher Educators. Before coming to CSUEB, Dr. Soto was the Bilingual Teaching Program Coordinator at California State University, Chico. Prior to that, she taught high school theater, E.L.D. and English in California, Mexico, and South Texas.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Soto enjoys working out at the gym and going for long hikes in the beautiful Bay Area. She has two children who attend elementary and high school in Hayward. Her husband has been a bilingual elementary school teacher for over 25 years.

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Eric EngdahlPhD, Professor

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Denise FlemingPhD, Professor

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James MitchellPhD, Professor

Mary Soto

Mary SotoEdD, Assistant Professor

Additional Faculty:

Tonja Byrom, Fieldwork and Intern Coordinator

Talya Kemper, Associate Professor

Kelly Moore, Program Coordinator

Shadi Roshandel, Department Chair

Lyn Scott, Associate Professor

Next, learn all about admission requirements and how to apply. »

Admission Requirements

The online program is designed for candidates with bachelor's degrees. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted and be in good academic standing.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit two applications to be considered for the program; one to the department and one to the university through Cal State Apply.

A complete list of steps, including an Application Checklist, for the Credential Application can be found here.

Application Packet

Admission Deadlines

Semester Application Filing Period Transcripts & Other Documents Due
Summer 2025 TBD TBD

Still have some unanswered questions? Visit the support center for further assistance. »

Common Questions

How long will it take to complete the Online Single Subject Teaching Credential program?
The program is designed to take one full calendar year, beginning in summer semester.
Do I need to attend any classes at a certain time or can I work at my own pace?
This program is delivered in a completely online format. Some courses meet at scheduled online days and times via Zoom, and other courses do not. The actual course schedule is sent to admitted students annually prior to beginning the first semester.
Will I ever need to come to campus?
No. This program is designed so candidates do not need to come to campus and can attend our program from anywhere in California.
Do I have to apply for a teaching credential once I finish the program?
Yes. Successful candidates will complete all required coursework and fieldwork requirements by the end of the credential program. In addition to coursework and fieldwork requirements, you must also pass the Teaching Performance Assessment (edTPA) and provide evidence of having completed a CPR course for infants, children, and adults. Once this is completed, candidates then submit a Credential Application to the Credential Student Service Center at CSU East Bay. More information on this process is provided during the spring semester of the credential program.
How do I complete my field placement?
Candidates complete the state fieldwork requirements either as intern teachers (who have an employment offer in their subject area) or as a student teacher placed in a classroom with a cooperating teacher. Intern teachers apply for and secure their own employment, typically applying for teaching positions throughout the spring and summer prior to beginning the credential program.
Do I find my own fieldwork placement?
No. Candidates work with the placement coordinator to request placement. The placement coordinator then contacts the school district to coordinate and confirm fieldwork placement. Once fieldwork placement is confirmed with the school district, the candidate is informed of the next steps. Candidates should not contact school districts to request their own fieldwork placement.
What support do I have while I am in the program?
Throughout the credential program, candidates receive individualized support provided by their instructors in coursework as well as university supervisors and cooperating teachers or mentor teachers (for interns) in fieldwork. University supervisors work closely with all candidates to observe, support, and evaluate candidate progress throughout the academic year.


Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. Students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Please note that this program is not eligible for State University Grants (SUG).  However, you may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants (you must select "5th year student" rather than graduate student in your FAFSA application).

You may also be eligible for federal or private loans.

Visit the University's Financial Aid webpage for more information.

Is a Payment Plan available?
Yes. students are eligible for a payment plan option. For more information, visit Student Financial Services.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

Drop and Withdrawal Policy

What is the Drop, Refund, and Withdrawal Policy?

You may drop courses online using MyCSUEB until the end of the University’s Drop Period. After the Drop Period ends, you must complete a Withdrawal Form with an authorized signature from the department responsible for the course(s) until the Withdrawal Deadline. Please refer to the University website for deadline information. Submit the completed form to

The date that the withdrawal request form is submitted to the University Records Office determines the amount of a refund. Please see the chart to determine the amount refunded.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Online Single Subject Teaching Credential

Ideal for: Post-bac candidates who want to become a middle or high school teacher.

Program format: Online

Number of courses: 17 courses

Program length: 12 months

Tuition cost: $4,045.83 per term ($12,137.50 total) (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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