Elementary School Teaching
Students interested in a career in elementary school teaching should fulfill the requirements of the liberal studies major with an emphasis in pre‐teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. The major encompasses the range of subjects taught in grade school. Students pursuing this major become broadly versed in English, mathematics, science, social science, and the humanities.
Pre‐teaching students interested in the multiple subjects credential must demonstrate subject matter competency through the California Subject Matter Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Multiple Subjects, and basic educational skills through the CBEST or CSET Writing Skills exam. These state approved exams are typically taken in the senior year in preparation for the teaching credential application process. At Santa Clara your pre‐teaching adviser helps you tailor your study plan.
High School Teaching
Students interested in a career in secondary school teaching in a particular subject matter area should fulfill the requirements of the academic major of their intended teaching specialization.
California teaching credentials are available in the following subject areas: agriculture, art, business, English, health science, home economics, industrial and technology education, mathematics, modern languages, music, physical education, science, and social science.
Students must demonstrate specific subject matter competency by passing the California Subject Matter Examination for Teachers (CSET) in the subject area they desire to teach. An undergraduate minor in urban education is also recommended. Students must also demonstration basic educational skills by passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
The CBEST is required of all teachers in California. We recommend taking it in your first or second year of college. It tests math and literacy to a 10th grade level. Most SCU students pass it on the first try without studying or taking a prep course.
Check out this website for more information: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/
The CSET is required of all elementary school teachers in California. We recommend taking it in your senior year or the summer after your senior year. It tests knowledge of all the subjects taught by elementary school teachers.
Check out this website for more information: http://www.cset.nesinc.com/
The requirement that elementary school teachers take the CSET exam is a result of federal education legislation, "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB).
To see a NCLB Teacher Toolkit, go to: http://www.ed.gov/teachers/nclbguide/nclb-teachers-toolkit.pdf
Students who are drawn toward working with children, youth and families but who are not necessarily headed towards K‐12 careers can choose the Child Studies Emphasis. Students in this program will gain much of the educational background that our Pre‐Teaching students benefit from, while also being exposed to an array of social justice‐oriented, community‐based topics related to children, families and communities. This emphasis provides a course work that addresses the factors that underlie child development and provides a foundation for careers in therapy, social work, child care, youth center management, counseling, mediation and family law, political advocacy, and careers in the non‐profit sector.