Teaching Credential Preparation

If you are interested in teaching history, government, or economics in a middle school or high school, you will ultimately need to earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences. We encourage people seeking to obtain this teaching credential to major in history at the undergraduate level. This is the best way to prepare for the standardized tests required of prospective teachers and for the post-graduate teaching credential program. What follows are our recommendations and requirements for prospective single-subject credential applicants.


Before you apply to the single-subject teaching credential program in social sciences, we recommend taking the following classes:

  • Political Science 200 The American Political System
  • History 201 Foundations of World Civilizations
  • History 202 Development of the Modern World
  • History 251 United States History to 1877
  • History 252 United States History since 1865
  • History 380 Twentieth Century World
  • History 472 California History I or History 473 California History II

Students applying to the SSU credential program area required to take the following prerequisites in the School of Education:

  • Education (EDUC) 417 School and Society
  • Education (EDSS) 418 Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood


Before being admitted to the single-subject teaching credential program, applicants are required to pass the following standardized exams:

  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Social Science

Work with Students

Applicants to a single-subject teaching credential program are also required to complete 45 hours of work (paid or volunteer) with students who are the age of the students that applicants would ultimately like to teach. Options for completing this requirement include positions as a teaching assistant, coach, camp counselor, after-school program staffer, etc.

For more information on teaching credential preparation, visit the following sites: