2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education, Preliminary Credential Program

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This program meets subject-matter and professional requirements to prepare students to teach in secondary schools (middle school and senior high). 

Program Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or in exceptional cases, as part of an approved B.A./B.S. subject-matter program at HSU. Credential program admission requirements and application are available at the Education & Credentialing Office (HGH 202) and on the Credential Program Requirements webpage. Orientation sessions that explain the application process are offered each fall, beginning in late September.

Program Requirements (38 units)

Credential requirements are subject to change due to action by the state legislature, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or the CSU Office of the Chancellor. The coordinator has current information on changes and the ways they affect programs.

Candidates must maintain a B average (with no grade lower than a C-) to remain in the program.

Obtain a preliminary credential by taking a 38-unit professional education program to qualify for teaching positions including teaching English language learners. Courses required for the single subjects (secondary education) preliminary credential must be taken in sequence.


During the fall semester candidates will be evaluated by their mentor teacher, supervisor, and both discipline-specific and education faculty in terms of their academic abilities and suitability for entering the teaching profession.


During the spring semester, candidates spend the entire day in the local school, as any other teacher would. Many candidates find it difficult to hold part-time jobs or take substantial additional coursework during full-time student teaching.

Supplementary/Subject Matter Authorizations

Students may add additional subjects to their credential through coursework (as supplementary/subject matter authorizations) or by passing CSET examinations and taking methods courses in additional subject areas. The department office has the specific requirements.

Professional Clear Credential

An induction program is the preferred route to clear an SB 2042 preliminary credential. Locally, Humboldt State University collaborates with the North Coast Beginning Teacher Project to support new teachers being inducted into the profession.

Program Leader

Heather Ballinger
Harry Griffith Hall 207


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