The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Agriculture and the Specialist Teaching Credential in Agriculture
There are two credentials available for students who wish to pursue a career as an agricultural education teacher in California: the Single Subject Teaching Credential and the Specialist Credential. The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Agriculture authorizes the holder to teach in the classroom. Candidates who fulfill the requirements for the Specialist Credential in Agriculture are prepared to teach in out-of-classroom settings such as serving as an FFA advisor and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program supervisor.
The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Agriculture includes two components—a Subject Matter Preparation program and a Professional Education program. Students can complete the Subject Matter Preparation program by completing the Agriscience and Education Option. Students completing another option or major in agriculture should consult the agricultural credential advisor to identify additional course requirements. Candidates may also demonstrate subject matter competence by successfully passing the appropriate Single Subject Assessment Test (SSAT). The subject matter preparation advisor is responsible for verifying that subject matter preparation has been completed.
The Professional Preparation component of the Single Subject Teaching Credential includes professional education courses, a part-time Practicum I and a half-time Practicum II student teaching experience. This portion of the credential program is administered by the Department of Education within the School of Education. For prerequisites and other admission requirements for professional education programs, see the "Education" chapter of this catalog and the Focus on Teaching.
You may want to consider adding the following courses to your undergraduate program: EDUC 302, ENGL 371, and HCSV 451. All of these courses are prerequisites for the credential program.
All credential candidates recommended by CSU, Chico are authorized to teach all students, including English language learners, in the regular classroom. You may also want to qualify for the BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development) emphasis if you have skills in Spanish language and culture.
The requirements for the Specialist Credential in Agriculture include a series of agricultural education courses and a student teaching experience. These courses are included in the Agriscience and Education Option. Student teaching is combined with the student teaching experience required for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Agriculture.
If you are interested in obtaining your credentials, confer with the appropriate credential advisor(s) early in your university career. Credential advisors can assist you in planning an educational program that will prepare you for both the BS in Agriculture and the teaching credential requirements.