Humboldt State University

School of Education

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:

•Physical Education
•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:

Heather Ballinger (click on name for email)

or by phone: (707)826-5108.

Application Process

The application period for 2018/2019 is closed.
The application period for 2019/2020 opens October 1st, 2018.  The deadline to submit applications to Cal State Apply is February 1st, 2019.

Review and complete the program’s prerequisites and requirements.

  1. Submit an application to the single subject credential program at HSU via the Cal State Apply Website.
  2. Each subject area has a different procedure for Subject Matter Departmental Review (SMDR). For more information, see the SMDR section of our website.