Program Overview

The Preliminary Single Subject credential is 33 semester units of a 46 semester unit Master's degree. Candidates will apply their learning in fieldwork and Clinical Practice experiences in middle school or high school classrooms.

PLNU preliminary credential candidates develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be highly qualified, high performing educators of  character in an age of assessment and accountability.

For all included coursework, visit the program overview page. 

This program is ideal for:

  • Undergraduates at PLNU's main campus aspiring to teach a K-12 single subject usually at the middle school or high school.
  • Post B.A. graduates who are seeking to teach a single subject in a middle school or high school.
  • Private or charter school teachers seeking a California credential.


Program Details


  • Total Semester Units: Phase 1 credential, 33 semester units; Phase 2 MAT completion, 13 semester units.
  • Format: Combination of face-to-face and distance learning. In-class meetings are from 4:30 - 9 p.m., one night per week for a period of 8 weeks.
  • Completion time: 18 - 24 months
  • Location: Regional centers in Mission Valley - San Diego, and Bakersfield.
  • Tuition and fees: Please visit our Graduate Student Financial Services website.
  • Clinical Practice:  During the culminating experience, candidates work full time in a classroom for a semester under the guidance of a Cooperating Teacher. Schools are assigned by the Field Experience Coordinator at each regional center.
  • Transfer work: Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of approved graduate level coursework to this program.


A Graduate Enrollment Counselor is available to answer questions about the program, admissions process, priority application dates and requirements. 


Stephanie Meier, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(661) 377-4721

Mission Valley (San Diego)

Chelsea Barilli, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2857

Bella Owen, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2892