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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Single Subject Bilingual 2042 Credential

(Secondary Education Grades 6-12): Spanish Emphasis

The Single Subject Bilingual (Spanish) Teaching Credential (Secondary Education) is available for students interested in teaching in a bilingual middle or secondary school classroom. This credential authorizes the holder to teach in any self-contained bilingual or regular classroom in which one teacher is responsible for teaching the given subject area.

Candidates who will pursue this credential need to specify “Single Subject Bilingual” in the application for graduate admission to SDSU (Code: 00100). Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the $55 application fee.

All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted electronically or as a complete package directly to:

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;
  • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
  • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  1. TOEFL score, if medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org, SDSU institution code 4682).

Dual Language and English Learner Education Department

  1. Complete department application at http://go.sdsu.edu/education/apply-now.aspx;
  2. California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) scores or adviser recommendation;
  3. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) scores;
  4. Demonstration of Language and Cultural Proficiency: Spanish: Completion of DLE 416  with a grade of C (2.0) or better or copies of CSET LOTE subtests III and V for Spanish language emphasis;
  5. TB verification;
  6. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a secondary teacher if single subject;
  7. Verification of early field experience;
  8. Certificate of clearance (live scan);
  9. CPR that includes infant/child/adult;
  10. Autobiography/Goals and Philosophy. Candidates must complete a 1-1/2 page essay of their goals and philosophy in education and a 1-1/2 page autobiography. One should be written in the language of emphasis and the other in English.

Standards for Admission


Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to admission to the Single Subject Bilingual Emphasis credential program. Candidates are urged to take this examination as early as possible. This examination is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Booklets containing registration forms and test information are available at http://www.cbest.nesinc.com.

Subject Matter Competency

Students must verify competency in a specified single subject area through a university assessment process which consists of reviewing coursework for completion of an approved teaching major or its equivalent at San Diego State University or another approved California teacher-training institution or through California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Competency will be assessed and verified by subject matter departments at SDSU. Requirements for the various single subject majors are listed with the academic majors in the General Catalog. Test scores submitted for verification of subject matter competency are valid for five years from the date of the examination. Information and registration materials are available at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

Grade Point Average

Candidates must have cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) within the upper one-half of undergraduate students in the candidates’ majors. GPAs vary according to discipline and graduating institution. GPA requirements are available in the Office of Student Services, 619-594-6320, coeadvis@sdsu.edu. Candidates are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and unofficial SDSU transcripts for GPA calculations.

Letter of Recommendation

Two professional references and one letter of recommendation must be submitted attesting to the applicant’s following characteristics: (a) attitude, aptitude and ability to teach children; (b) personality and character; (c) academic ability. Letter of recommendation should be from a school teacher with whom the student has worked and the others may be from faculty and administrators.

Tuberculin Clearance

Evidence of a negative tuberculosis test (these tests are valid for four years and must be in effect during the time that candidates are enrolled in the credential program). Clearance statements may be secured from Health Services, private physicians or HMOs, or public health agencies.

Early Field Experience

Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of 30 hours of experience with adolescent students in typical classroom settings within the three years or successful completion of DLE 416L . Evidence must be documented.

Written Statement of Professional Goals and Philosophy and Interview

In addition to their written statement of goals and philosophy, candidates have an interview with the admissions and retention committee of the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department.

California Certificate of Clearance

This certificate represents a background clearance and check conducted by the State Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Turnaround time for the clearance can take as long as eight months. Possessors of K-12 California credentials may satisfy this requirement by submitting copies of those certificates. Candidates must submit the application directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A copy of the application must be provided to the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department.

Credential Advising Appointment

Each applicant must attend an advising session at the Office of Student Services. Appointments can be made in 619-594-6320, coeadvis@sdsu.edu. Afterward, we recommend applicants visit the Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) office or call 619-594-5155 to make an appointment with a faculty adviser.

Language and Culture Proficiency

All candidates must meet Language Proficiency and Cultural Awareness requirements for the language of emphasis to meet their specific bilingual authorization through DLE 416  or CSET LOTE III and V.

Appeals Process

Candidates who do not meet all the admission requirements may petition the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department Admissions and Retention Committee for individual consideration; petition letters must be submitted concurrently with the application packets.


Applicants should complete application procedures the semester prior to beginning the credential program. Check the department website for current deadline information: http://go.sdsu.edu/education/dle/bilingual_credential.aspx.

Department Admissions and Retention Committee

In addition to the minimum admissions standards identified above, the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department Admissions and Retention Committee may also consider qualifications such as previous teaching experience and relevant working experience with children. Due to the number of applicants, application to the program does not ensure admission.

After admission students will meet with the program coordinator to plan an appropriate program.

Single Subject Bilingual 2042 Program

  • Units: 1-4
  • DLE 653 - Language Development in K-12 Multilingual Classrooms Units: 3
  • DLE 915B - Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: English Language Development/SDAIE: Single Subjects Units: 3
  • DLE 933 - Skills in Teaching Reading to Bilingual Secondary Students Units: 3
  • DLE 954 - Classroom Organization for Democratic Teaching in Bilingual Classrooms Units: 3
  • DLE 960 - Professional Seminar for Bilingual Teacher Candidates (Cr/NC) Units: 1-4
  • DLE 963 - Practicum in Secondary Bilingual Classroom (Cr/NC) Units: 3-4
  • DLE 964 - Student Teaching for Bilingual Secondary Students II Units: 8-12
  • ED 970 - Teaching Event Assessment (Cr/NC) Units: 3
  • TE 914 - Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: Major Units: 3

Preliminary Credential Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree with one of the approved single subject majors listed in the School of Teacher Education single subject teaching credential catalog section or in World Languages: Spanish. Credentials can be granted only in the designated single subject credential areas.
  2. Completion of an approved program of professional education. (See Dual Language and English Learner Education  Department for further information about the approved  programs.)
  3. MAJOR ADVISER’S RECOMMENDATION. Passage of subject matter examination(s) or waiver thereof through completion of one of the approved single subject credential majors with a written recommendation from the major adviser. Candidates applying for the Single Subject Credential program after August 31, 1995 who have not satisfied subject matter competency through coursework or PRAXIS examination(s), must take and pass a new set of examinations for the Single Subject Credential in seven areas: biology#, chemistry#, English language arts, geoscience#, mathematics, physics#, and social science. Candidates for the science authorizations (noted with #) must also take and pass a general science examination. Candidates should  check with the Dual Language and English Learner Education  Department (DLE) adviser, to clarify the appropriate means for satisfaction of the subject matter competency requirement.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and provisions of United States Constitution through successful completion of three-unit college level course or examination. Courses are listed in General Catalog section on “Graduation Requirements ,” IV. American Institutions Requirement.
  5. Passage of California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  6. Completion of an approved fifth year program (a minimum of 30 upper division or graduate-level postbaccalaureate units).
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of the needs of and methods of providing educational opportunities to individuals with exceptional needs: SPED 450 .
  8. Demonstrated knowledge of computer hardware, software, and applications to educational/classroom use (computer literacy).
  9. Knowledge of health education in California, including substance abuse and nutrition: TE 280 - Health Education for Teachers  (1 units) and verification of current CPR competency.
  10. Successful completion of a California Teacher Credentialing approved Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).


Undergraduate students in their final semester prior to obtaining a baccalaureate degree may sign up for concurrent post-baccalaureate credit as explained in the section of this catalog on “General Regulations .”

According to SB 2042 legislation, teachers will be able to earn Professional Clear Credentials upon successful completion of induction programs sponsored by their employers and approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

To be recommended for the bilingual authorization, candidates must meet the language and cultural proficiency requirements.