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Single Subject Teaching Credential

School of Education

The single subject preliminary credential program prepares candidates to teach in middle or high schools (Grades 7-12). The subject areas we offer for 7-12 (math, sciences, social science, English, languages) and those that are K-12. Candidates are prepared to teach a particular subject area.

FPU's credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC and recognized by private schools, as well.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice
  • Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts
  • Collaborative learning community
  • Quality mentorship
  • High rate of employment
  • Internship pathway for candidates hired to teach full-time in subject area


Program Director: Single Subject Credential, Robin Perry, Ed.D.; MAT, Michele McConnell, Ph.D.


The Single Subject Credential program prepares candidates for a preliminary teaching credential and provides foundational courses for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Only Fresno Pacific credential program completers are eligible to continue in the capstone courses of the MAT to complete their degree. MAT students must be employed as a credentialed teacher and return to the capstone courses within three years of credential program completion.  

Admissions Requirements for Credential

  • Online application and fee
  • Teacher Education Addendum
  • Three current reference forms
  • Interview with program director
  • All other official transcripts from colleges/universities attended
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • Certificate of Clearance

FPU undergraduate students seeking a teaching credential must apply and be admitted to the program prior to taking any teacher education courses. 

The program expects applicants from FPU as well as other universities to complete their application and submit all application documents to the program at least four weeks before they expect to begin coursework.

Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competency Requirements

  • Verification of Basic Skills by course work or passing CBEST
  • Verification of Subject Matter Competency by degree, course work, or passing CSET

Admissions Requirements for MAT Post-Credential

  • Completion of Graduate Admissions Update Form
  • Signed Verification of Employment letter
  • Attend an orientation meeting with program director
  • No readmission fee required


FPU's credentials are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The CTC website provides extensive guidelines pertaining to becoming a teacher in California (

Credential Program Student Learning Outcomes

Developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), The Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) are aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP).

  1.  Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning
  2.  Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
  3.  Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
  4.  Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students
  5.  Assessing Student Learning
  6.  Developing as a Professional Educator

MAT Post-Credential Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students within the Teacher Education Program at Fresno Pacific University who complete a preliminary teaching credential and master's degree in teaching understand teaching to be a calling to redemptive service via the following:

  1. Candidates inquire into teaching practice and student learning to reflect on problems of practice and implement conclusions to improve teaching and learning.
  2. Candidates critically reflect on how their biases, assumptions, and ideologies influence their professional practice and act to mitigate these influences in interactions with students, families, and communities.
  3. Candidates use knowledge of education, economic, and social contexts to engage in collaboration and advocacy for all students.
  4. Candidates promote student learning by creating positive and inclusive classroom environments and interact effectively with families and others in the school community.

Program Pacing Options

The MAT/Single Subject credential program offers students opportunities to start the preliminary credential phase of the MAT program in the summer, fall or spring terms.

Field experience pathways include student teaching and independent teaching/intern options. Length of program is dependent upon field experience pathway, ranging from 3 to 6 semesters.

MAT Post-Credential Pacing

Coursework for the post-credential phase of the MAT begins only in fall. 




EDUC 701:  Issues in Teaching:  Investigations of Problems of Practice

Session 1: First 8 weeks

EDUC 703:  Curriculum Study:  Theory Analysis and Practice

Session 2: Second 8 weeks

EDUC 704:  Qualitative Research Methods:  Action Research

Session 1: First 8 weeks

EDUC 705:  MAT Research Project (IP)

Session 2: Second 8 weeks

EDUC 705:  MAT Research Project (IP)

Complete project write-up by July 1 for August degree granting

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno, Visalia, Merced


These courses are additional requirements of the state of California for single subject candidates who have not completed comparable coursework in their baccalaureate studies:

  • EDUC 698 - Positive Adolescent Development Credits 2
  • Political Science course equivalent

Required Courses (34 Units)

  • EDUC 604 - Foundations of Education Credits 4 *
  • EDUC 605 - Teaching the Exceptional Learner Credits 3 *
  • EDUC 644 - Teaching with Technology Credits 2
  • EDUC 692 - Foundations of Language and Literacy Credits 3 *
  • EDUC 693 - Reading/Writing in Secondary Classrooms Credits 3 *
  • EDUC 694 - Curriculum Perspectives and Design: Single Subject Credits 3 *
  • EDUC 695 - Curriculum Design and Implementation: Single Subject Credits 3 *
  • EDUC 638 - Health Education for Teachers Credits 2

Select one of the following

Specific pedagogy courses aligned with the credential subject matter area of the candidate:

  • EDUC 696AR - Single Subject Methods: Art Credits 3
  • EDUC 696EN - Single Subject Methods: English Credits 3
  • EDUC 696LO - Single Subject Methods: Language Other Than English Credits 3
  • EDUC 696MA - Single Subject Methods: Mathematics Credits 3
  • EDUC 696MU - Single Subject Methods: Music Credits 3
  • EDUC 696PE - Single Subject Methods: Physical Education Credits 3
  • EDUC 696SC - Single Subject Methods: Science Credits 3
  • EDUC 696SS - Single Subject Methods: Social Studies Credits 3

Choose One of the Following Tracks:

Student Teaching Track

  • EDUC 619 - Directed Initial Student Teaching: Single Subject Credits 2
  • EDUC 639 - Directed Final Student Teaching: Single Subject Credits 6 *

Independent Teaching Track

  • EDUC 662 - Independent Teaching Practicum Credits 3
  • EDUC 664A - Independent Teaching I Credits 3
  • EDUC 664B - Independent Teaching II Credits 3
  • EDUC 649C - Independent Teaching III: Single Subject Credits 6 *

MAT Post-Credential Courses

  • EDUC 701 - Issues in Teaching: Investigations of Problems of Practice Credits 3
  • EDUC 703 - Literature Review Credits 3
  • EDUC 704 - Research Methods: Action Research Credits 3
  • EDUC 705 - MAT Research Project Credits 3
  • *MAT required courses. A student must earn a grade of B- or better in any of these courses for them to be counted toward the MAT. Courses with grades lower than B- must be replaced or repeated.

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

The decision to embark on graduate studies is a big one. Our 45+ graduate programs will equip you to succeed in your career and in your life. You’ll become part of a small community of learners, thrive in a flexible learning environment  and be challenged by a rigorous curriculum. Learn how much further you can go at FPU!  

For more information, contact the campus nearest you, attend an information meeting or ask about a program.

First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit two reference forms. These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Mail your sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s office or email to
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 |

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Program Requirements


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST, Coursework, or SAT/ACT Scores)
  • Subject Matter Competency (Degree, Coursework, or CSET)

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in your education journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition per UnitAmount
700 Level$750
Teacher Education$750
MSN and LEAD$775
Other CostsAmount
Student services fee (per semester)$70
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters)$1,500


Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $730
Teacher Education $730
MBA $785
MSN and LEAD $750
KIN $590
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Please refer to the Catalog for additional fees. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program requirements, candidates are recommended for a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential allowing them to seek subject area teaching positions in middle and high schools

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center