The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Health Science

Course requirements for the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program, 63-64 units, in conjunction with the Professional Education Program, leads to a Single Subject Teaching Credential.

In most majors, candidates for this credential will normally fulfill the single subject matter preparation program by completing the appropriate education option in the major. Any exceptions to this procedure are noted at the end of this section. In addition to the single subject matter preparation program, completion of an additional professional education program is required to qualify for a California teaching credential. Professional education (credential) programs are available through the School of Education. For prerequisites and other admission requirements to professional education programs, see the "Education" chapter of this catalog.

Your departmental credential advisor is responsible for verifying that the subject matter preparation program has been completed. If you are interested in obtaining a teaching credential, confer with the appropriate credential advisor early in your University career. Department credential advisors can assist you in planning an educational program that meets both major and credential requirements.

Subject matter preparation requirements are governed by state legislative action and approval of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements may change between catalogs. Please consult with your departmental credential advisor for current information.

Students seeking the Subject Matter Competence in Health Science for entrance into any teacher credential program in California must complete the BS in Health Science, Option in Health Education (described above), along with a professional education program. They must also complete BIOL 103, CHEM 100, and PSY 001. Students who have a bachelor's degree in another discipline and are seeking Subject Matter Competence in Health Science for entrance into the CSU, Chico credentialing program must earn a passing score on the SSAT in health science.