Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. Candidates for the Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credential have two options available for satisfying this requirement. They can either complete a Commission-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program or they can pass the appropriate Commission-adopted subject matter examination(s) (Education Code Sections 44280 and 44310). Because they satisfy the same requirement, these two options are to be as aligned and congruent as possible.

In California, subject matter preparation programs for prospective teachers are not the same as undergraduate degree programs. The Commission sets standards for academic programs that lead to the issuance of credentials. An applicant for a teaching credential must have earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, but the degree may be in a subject other than the one to appear on the credential. Similarly, degree programs for undergraduate students may or may not fulfill the Commission's standards for subject matter preparation. Completing an approved subject matter program satisfies the subject matter competency requirement.

Elementary Subject Matter (Multiple Subject-Elementary)

Candidates for the Multiple Subject credential have two options available for satisfying the subject matter competency requirement. They can either complete a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program or they can pass the appropriate Commission-adopted subject matter examination(s) (Education Code Sections 44280 and 44310). Because they satisfy the same requirement, these two options are to be as aligned and congruent as possible.

Prospective Elementary Subject Matter programs must include a matrix in their program submission to demonstrate their programs alignment to the Subject Matter Requirements. The sample matrices below may be used or programs may construct their own. Please click below to download a PDF or Word version of a matrix.

Standards of Program Quality and Effectiveness for the Subject Matter Requirement for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (2016)

 

Alignment Matrix [MS Word] (Updated July 2016 to align with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards)

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Single Subject Matter (Single Subject-Secondary)

At the October 2009 meeting the Commission took action to modify the review process for prospective subject matter programs. For more information please see PSA 09-12 [PDF]

Candidates for the Single Subject credential have two options available for satisfying this requirement. They can either complete a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program or they can pass the appropriate Commission-adopted subject matter examination(s) (Education Code Sections 44280 and 44310). Because they satisfy the same requirement, these two options are to be as aligned and congruent as possible. Also see Prior Subject Matter Standards.

 

Prospective Single Subject Matter programs must include a matrix in their program submission to demonstrate their programs alignment to the Subject Matter Requirements. The sample matrices below may be used or programs may construct their own. Please click below to download a Word version of a matrix.

Single Subject Matter Handbooks

(Includes Introduction, Standards, Submission Guidelines, Implementation Plan, and Subject Matter Requirements)

• Also see Prior Subject Matter Standards

 

Handbooks and Subject Matter Requirements

English

English Handbook (2004)

  • Revised September 2010

Program Proposal Template [MS Word]

Alignment Matrix [MS Word] (Revised July 2013 to align with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Adopted August 2010 by the State Board of Education)

Subject Matter Requirements

Industrial and Technology Education

Health Science

Mathematics and Foundational-Level

Mathematics Handbook (2004)

  • Revised September 2010

Program Proposal Template [MS Word]

Mathematics Alignment Matrix [MS Word] (Revised July 2013 to align with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, Adopted August 2010 by the State Board of Education)

Subject Matter Requirements

Foundational-Level Mathematics Handbook (2004)

• Revised September 2010

Foundational-Level Mathematics Alignment Matrix [MS Word] (Revised July 2013 to align with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, Adopted August 2010 by the State Board of Education)

Subject Matter Requirements

Science

Science Handbook (2004)

  • Revised September 2010

Program Proposal Template [MS Word]

Alignment Matrices (Revised July 2016)

Subject Matter Requirements

World Languages

World Languages Handbook (2004)

  • Revised September 2010

Program Proposal Template [MS Word]

Alignment Matrix [MS Word] (January 2010)

 

Updated August 14, 2019