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College of Social Sciences

Credential Program

Subject Matter Preparation for the Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Sciences

Robin Sischo

Robin Sischo

Credential Advisor

Office: Science Building Room. 162

Wed. & Thu. 5:30pm - 6:30pm  (via Zoom)
Email for appointment.

First point of contact

Neil Conner

Dr. Neil Conner

Program Coordinator
Office: Science Building Room. 152  

Wed & Fri 12:00pm to 2:00pm
in-person or via Zoom. Email for appointment.


Fall 2023 Priority Application Dates

1/31/2023 - 3/1/2023: All application materials must be properly submitted

3/2/2023 - 3/16/2023: Interviews are scheduled and conducted

Please submit all of your application materials to Ms. Robin Sischo and to schedule your interview appointment.



How do I become a secondary social science/history teacher?

The state of California requires teachers earn a teaching credential in Social Science/History in order to teach those subjects in a secondary school (7th – 12th grade).

To obtain a social science teaching credential at Fresno State, students must first complete the following prerequisites BEFORE being admitted to the Credential Program.



1) Bachelor's degree (recommended in history, political science, geography, or economics) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.67 (minimum 3.00 preferred)

2) EHD 50: Introduction to Teaching (3 units), Equivalent Course, OR Pre-Program Experience Waiver

3) CI 149: Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology (3 units)

4) Take and pass the California Educator Credentialing Examination (CBEST) 

5) Subject Matter Competency (Choose one of the following two options)

OPTION A – Take and Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET: Social Science)


OPTION B – Complete the required coursework: Social Science Subject Matter Competency Plan

Application Process

Read the Admission Process Guide to determine if you qualify for admission to the Single Subject Credential Program

See the Kremen School of Education Single Subject Credential Program website for additional information including important dates/deadlines

NOTE: The College of Social Sciences does not offer the internship credential option.

Admitted Students

See the Kremen School of Education Single Subject Credential Program Admitted Students website and the Single Subject Credential Program Handbook

Current Students

See the Kremen School of Education Current Students website and the Single Subject Credential Program Handbook

Single Subject Credential Coursework

CI 151: Social Context of Teaching & Learning (3 units)
CI 152: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 units)
CI 161: Content Specific Expertise & Pedagogy (3 units: FALL ONLY)
SPED 158: Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Secondary Settings (3 units)
LEE 156: Content Area Literacy & Communication (3 units)
LEE 157: Differentiating Instruction: English Learners (3 units)
EHD 155A: Student Teaching in the Secondary Schools (4 units)
EHD 154A: Student Teaching Seminar A (1 unit)
EHD 155B: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools (10 units)
EHD 154B: Student Teaching Seminar B (1 unit)

Phase 1 (Fall semester) 17 units
CI 151, CI 152, LEE 157, CI 161 (FALL ONLY), EHD 155A, EHD 154A

*Phase 1 coursework must be "successfully completed" prior to beginning Phase 2 coursework

*CI 161 & EHD 154A MUST be taken concurrently with EHD 155A

Phase 2 (Spring semester) 17 units
LEE 156, SPED 158, EHD 155B, EHD 154B

Student Teacher Responsibilities
Student Teacher Professionalism Policy
Guide to Working with your Mentor Teacher
Mentor Teacher Role & Expectations
University Coach Role & Expectations
EHD 155B Clearance Application Form
Conflict Resolution Guide


Additional Resources

See the Kremen School of Education Resources website