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Admission Requirements

In order to apply to the program, students must complete both of the following requirements:

  1. 1. Subject Matter Preparation: Secondary teachers must be competent and knowledgeable in the subject(s) they teach. This competency may be documented in one of two ways:
  • Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) coursework option:

Also known as the “math major” option, candidates may demonstrate subject matter preparation by completing a series of coursework equivalent to earning a BA in Mathematics in the Teaching Concentration, or in another concentration with a Teaching cognate. This series of coursework is referred to as a Subject Matter Preparation Program. The required classes are listed at This option is recommended for most candidates.

  • CSET option:

Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in another subject may demonstrate subject matter preparation by successfully passing the California Subject Exam for Teachers. Three subtests are required:

  1. o#110 Subtest I Mathematics Algebra; Number Theory
  2. o#111 Subtest II Mathematics Geometry; Probability and Statistics
  3. o#112 Subtest III Mathematics Calculus; History of Mathematics

                        More information is available at

  1. 2.Prerequisite Education Coursework:

Secondary teachers must successfully complete a series of prerequisite education courses before entering the credential program. These courses are

  • EDSC 310
  • EDSC 320
  • EDSC 330
  • EDSC 340
  • In addition, EDSC 304 may be taken before or during the credential program.

Additional information on applying to the program can be found at