California credentialed K-12 teachers may add an additional teaching level or content area to their existing Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential, without completing a full professional preparation program. For example: (1) an elementary teacher with a Multiple Subject credential may want to add Single Subject Math to his/her credential in order to teach math in middle school or high school grades; (2) a high school history teacher with a Single Subject Social Science credential may want to add Single Subject Physical Education to his/her credential in order to teach high school physical education, or (3) a middle school English teacher with a Single Subject English credential may also want to be authorized to teach in self-contained elementary grade classrooms by adding Multiple Subjects to his/her credential.
In most cases, a 4-quarter unit methodology course is required to add a teaching or content area to an existing Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential*. UCLA Extension offers the following teaching methodology courses to satisfy this requirement:
Methods Courses for Adding a Single Subject Content Area
|Physical Education||ENROLL – EDUC X 330.53 – Single Subject Methods for Teaching K-12 Physical Education|
|English||ENROLL – EDUC X 330.54 – Single Subject Methods for Teaching English|
|Math||ENROLL – EDUC X 330.55 – Single Subject Methods for Teaching Mathematics|
|Social Science/History||ENROLL – EDUC X 330.56 – Single Subject Methods for Teaching Social Science|
|Science (Chemistry, Biology, Geoscience, or Physics)||ENROLL – EDUC X 330.57 – Single Subject Methods for Teaching Science|
Methods Courses for Adding the Multiple Subject (Elementary) Grade Levels (In most cases, both of these methods courses are required.)
|All Multiple Subject Content Areas, Except Reading||ENROLL – EDUC X 324.936 – Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools|
|Elementary Reading||ENROLL – EDUC X 315A – Principles and Methods of Teaching Elementary Reading|
A teacher who holds a Single Subject credential in one science area (e.g. chemistry) does not need to complete a science methods course to add another single subject science area to his/her credential (e.g., adding physics).
A teacher who seeks to add the multiple subject (elementary) grade levels to his/her credential is usually required to complete one teaching methods course for elementary subject areas (other than reading) and a separate methods course for teaching beginning readers.
Where to get a complete list of requirements:
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing provides a complete list of requirements for adding a teaching or content area to a credential in leaflet CL-621A on its website: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl621a.pdf. You should consult this leaflet before enrolling in any of the courses listed above.
All candidates are required to demonstrate subject matter competency in the target subject area, which is often done by passing the appropriate California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET).
Candidates adding multiple subject must also pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).
Receiving State Certification for Added Teaching or Subject Areas to a California Credential
Once a teacher had met all requirements for adding a teaching or content area to an existing credential, he/she applies directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the additional certification. See CTC leaflet CL-621A for instructions: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl621a.pdf.
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