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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

$86K+ Salary

The annual mean salary of secondary school teachers was $67,340 in 2020, and the annual mean salary in California was $86,900.

–Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

2,300+ Monthly Hires

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

–QCEW Employees - Emsi

Job Growth

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

–QCEW Employees - Emsi

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 allows them to teach at the middle and high school level (grades 6-12). Candidates can choose one of the following subjects: Art, English, Dance and Theater, Music, Physical Education, Social Science (History), and languages other than English (credentials available for any language for which there is a CSET).

Note: Science and math credentialing is only offered on-campus, and is not a part of the Global Remote Online Program. If interested in science or math, please follow this link to information about the on-campus single subject credential program and application details. You may also email Mr. Jason Chan directly at

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

The program is delivered in a completely online format.

Credential Requirements

To earn your credential, you must complete the following courses:

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)

Who will you be learning from? Meet your professors. »

Featured Faculty

The online campus at Cal State East Bay is well known for its quality and student service- friendly approach. The online Department of Teacher Education faculty has been trained and practiced in online teaching for many years. The program director for the Online Single Subject Credential has been working in online teaching since 1999 and is trained in both Quality Matters and Quality Online Teaching.

Eric Engdahl

PhD, Chair, Professor

Dr. Eric Engdahl is the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. He 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.

James Mitchell

PhD, Professor

Dr. James M. Mitchell is a professor of Teacher Education and has been a member of the CSUEB Teacher Education faculty since 2002. He teaches courses in the Educational Psychology track of the credential program as well as Technology in Education and Professional Responsibilities. His research focuses on 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.

A strong advocate for online instruction, Dr. Mitchell is certified in Quality Matters (QM), a national online course certification program, and the CSU online course certification program: Quality Online Teaching (QOLT). He has taught in the CSUEB Online Teaching and Learning program and has co-developed an online course in HIV/AIDS education that has been used by over 1,000 teacher leaders and K-12 administrators worldwide. For the 2016-17 academic year, Dr. Mitchell served as Special Consultant / Interim Area Director - Northern Region, to the CalState TEACH program. From 01/08 through 12/08 Dr. Mitchell chaired the Teacher Education Department. He also has served as Team Leader for the Single Subject Online Team, as well as the Transition-to-Teaching program team, a partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education, in which classroom paraprofessionals earned their State of California teaching credential. Since 2014, Dr. Mitchell has served as a member of the CSUEB Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Dr. Mitchell is also active with AERA (the American Educational Research Association), serving as Chair of the Special Interest Group: Democratic Citizenship in Education, as well past Program Chair of the Special Interest Group, from 2002-to- 2018. He also has chaired the AERA Special Interest Group: Service Learning and Experiential Education (2002-2006). He has served as a panel member and site coordinator for the Build a Future without AIDS project, hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Locally, Dr. Mitchell has served on the Board of the Community Learning Center Schools of Alameda, which oversees both the Alameda Community Learning Center and the Nea Community Learning Center.

A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Dr. Mitchell is an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He has held season tickets to the Minnesota Vikings since his graduate school days at UMN, and he lives in the East Bay area. His daughter is also a college student in the CSU system.

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 Engdahl

Eric EngdahlPhD, Chair, Professor

James Mitchell

James MitchellPhD, Professor

Mary Soto

Mary SotoEdD, Assistant Professor

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 2022

Department Application:
1/3/2022 - 4/1/2022

University Application (Cal State Apply):
2/1/2022 - 4/1/2022


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.
Will I ever need to come to campus?
The program is designed so that candidates do not need to come to campus.
Will I have a teaching credential once I finish the program?
No. Successful candidates will have fulfilled the requirements of earning a credential, but they must still file their paperwork with the state office of teacher credentialing.
How do I complete my field placement?
Candidates secure a local field placement. If the school site meets requirements, the arrangement is secured with the Teacher Education Department.


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

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At a Glance

Area of study: Online Single Subject Teaching Credential

Ideal for: Post-bac candidates whose lifestyle does not support an on-campus program

Program format: Online

Number of courses: 17 courses

Program length: 12 months

Tuition cost: $11,869.50; $3,956.50 per term for 3 terms (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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