Single Subject Teaching Credential

APU’s standalone Single Subject Teaching Credential program offers streamlined preparation for teaching positions at the middle and high school levels (7-12).

Azusa Pacific University’s Single Subject Teaching Credential program prepares candidates to earn a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. This rigorous program includes comprehensive foundation courses emphasizing teaching and educational methods, as well as specialization courses providing content required for the single subject credential. Practical classroom and fieldwork experiences provide application to theory, preparing candidates to teach in diverse settings. Available modes of delivery include face-to-face instruction, campus-based classes, distance learning, blended learning, and clinical experiences.

Upon completion of the requirements listed below and all of the requirements detailed in the Steps to a Credential, the credential candidate will have earned a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential.

Note: The preparation for a Single Subject Preliminary Credential is available in the following subject areas: art, business, English language arts, mathematics, music, physical education, science, social science, and world languages.

Computer and Software Requirements

Each student must have a Mac or PC laptop or notebook running the latest operating system with a word processing program and a stable internet connection.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses
TESP 501Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching 13
TESP 502Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn 13
TESP 503The Soul of Teaching: Tapestry of American Education3
TESP 504Schools and Educational Systems3
Specialization Courses
TEP 511Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design3
TEP 512Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for All Learners3
TEP 531Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing (7-12)3
TEP 532Secondary Pedagogy I: Teaching in Secondary Schools (7-12)2
TEP 533The Differentiated Classroom: Maximizing Capacity of Each Learner (7-12)3
TEP 534Secondary Pedagogy II: Content-Specific Strategies, Teaching, and Assessment (7-12)2
TEP 561Clinical Practice I: Single Subject Credential2
TEP 562Clinical Practice II: Single Subject Credential2
Total Units32

Must be completed prior to beginning clinical practice.

NOTE: A maximum of 9 units may be taken per 8-week session. Completion of all credential requirements—including all examinations, coursework, and other requirements—must be met before the candidate will be recommended for a teaching credential. Candidates should meet with their credential analyst for information regarding the credential application process. 

NOTE: Candidates who hold an intern credential must enroll in a candidate support and supervision course (TEP 590) each 8-week session (fall or spring) in which they are not enrolled in a clinical practice course.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit a credential application through the Office of Credentials upon completion of a credential program to receive his/her California educator credential. This request may be submitted to the credentials office up to one month before completion of all credential requirements.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.


Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Engage and support all students in learning.
  2. Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
  3. Understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
  5. Assess student learning.
  6. Develop as a professional educator.