If you’ve thought about the possibility of applying your area of study to teaching, the blended program offers the best of both worlds. This opportunity will allow you to graduate with your intended four-year degree while also earning your Single Subject California Teaching Credential.
If you desire to teach middle school, high school, or at the college level, it is best to major in your desired content area, and then partner with the School of Education to complete required credential courses through the blended program.
The blended program will help you impart your expertise and passion to students through such career avenues as:
- Secondary level teacher
- Special education teacher (with the addition of specialized coursework)
What can you do with a single subject teaching credential?
The field of education has a large variety of opportunities and specialties you can pursue. Just a few of the many positions recent PLNU education alumni have gone into are: elementary school teachers, substitute teachers, teaching assistants, preschool teachers, tutors, and childcare workers.
The following are examples of positions people with subject area degrees and a single subject teaching credential may hold:
Secondary Level Teachers
2020 Median annual salary $57,748
Secondary teachers work with students in grades 6-12 to teach their area of specialization. These specializations include subjects such as mathematics, history, economics, government, English, biology, chemistry, physics, music, art, and a number of foreign languages. Secondary teachers must plan their lessons based on the state curriculum and monitor students’ progress by giving tests on said curriculum. Secondary teachers work school hours and have off all federal holidays.
What it takes to be a successful secondary level teacher:
- Communication and collaboration skills
- Strong listening skills
Special Education Teachers
2020 Median annual salary $61,420
Kindergarten and elementary special education teachers are mainly responsible for working with children who have cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities. Their primary goal is teaching youth with exceptionalities, helping them develop life skills as well as modifying and adapting general education curriculum to meet their students’ needs.
What it takes to be a successful special education teacher:
- Critical-thinking skills
- Communication skills
Making a difference in education with your degree:
Students at PLNU spend their academic careers building strong and loving Christian character that, in turn, sparks a desire to continue to learn about and educate future generations in an abundance of ways. The future is shaped by the teachers and educators of today. By enrolling in the Blended Program: Single Subject Teaching Credential, you’re taking steps to aid the next generation in creating a world that’s ready to excel and prosper like never before.
Apply to PLNU today or get connected with one of our counselors for additional support and answers to any questions you may have.