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Secondary Education

“Our goal for all of our students is that, upon graduation from our program, they will become exceptional classroom teachers and take on leadership roles within public schools across the state as strong and articulate advocates for children and adolescents and for public education.”
—SED Mission Statement

Students in Science Class

Want to teach junior high or high school? Complete a one year program of online coursework from anywhere in California!

With online classes, we’re able to place our student teachers in schools around the state. Our classroom discussions are enriched by the inclusion of teaching experiences from a diverse array of communities.

Earn a preliminary single subject credential in the following areas:

•Art
•Biology
•Chemistry
•English
•Geoscience
•Industrial Technology
•Math
•Music
•Physical Education
•Physics
•Social Science
•World Languages

“We are committed to the act of teaching as being one of social activism and promotion of social justice.”
—SED Mission Statement

High School Fieldtrip

The Credential Year

The year begins in mid-August with orientation, followed by one week of in-person instruction: our capstone class, Multicultural Issues in Education.
When regular semester-long classes begin, credential candidates begin spending nine hours/week at their fieldwork placement.

Online classes frequently meet at scheduled times using a virtual classroom platform. Here’s a video of what our online classes look like:

The coursework in the fall semester prepares student teachers for full-time fieldwork in the spring semester. Student teachers take on teaching responsibilities in the spring, and stay at their school site placement until the end of the public school semester in June.

The Secondary Education Credential Program is a one-year course of study that begins in the fall semester of each year. Students can obtain a Single Subject Preliminary Credential by taking a 38.5-unit professional education program to qualify for Secondary Education teaching positions primarily in grades 7-12.

“We believe that passion must be the touchstone of all teaching, and we believe that we as teachers should join with our students to bring our hearts as well as our minds into the classroom.”
—SED Mission Statement

Kids at Zoo

For more information, you can contact the Fieldwork Coordinator:

Anna Thaler Petersen (click on name for email)

or by phone: (707)826-5870.

Application Process

The application period for 2014/2015 is closed. The deadline to submit applications to CSU Mentor and to the School of Education was:

February 1st, 2014.

Review and complete the program’s prerequisites and requirements. See the SED Admission Guide.

For videos explaining the application process, click here.

There are THREE required steps for Secondary Education application:

  1. Submit an application to HSU via the CSU Mentor Website. You will need to fill out a graduate application and select Single Subject Teaching Credential as your objective.
  2. Submit an application to the SED Program. Please note, this is a different application than the one for HSU. Applications can be downloaded online here. Be sure to include TWO copies of your application when you turn it in, and keep a copy for your own records.
  3. Submit your materials for the Subject Matter Departmental Review (SMDR). Each subject area has a different procedure. For more information, see the SMDR section of our website.

**Please note: All three of the above applications must be received by us (or postmarked, if mailed) by the February 1st deadline in order to be considered. (For instance, if you want to be in the 2014-2015 credential program, we would need to receive your application no later than February 1, 2014.)

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