Mar 02, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Sciences - Single Subject Matter Preparation

The following is a program of courses for students who are planning to apply for admission to the Social Sciences single subject credential program at Stanislaus State. This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in Sacramento. Other public or private universities, such as Chapman and National, also require this or an equivalent CCTC-approved teacher credential subject matter preparation program.

In addition to this or an equivalent credential subject matter preparation program, students must complete a bachelor’s degree. Students completing the single subject matter preparation program are advised to major in Social Sciences  with a concentration in History, Political Science, and Geography, as nearly all courses in the 38-unit Social Sciences major with the above concentration also count in this program. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.85 to successfully complete the program. Students have the option to take the Single Subject CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). Those who pass do not need to complete this or any other credential preparation program to be accepted into a single subject credential program for social sciences. Exam fee, testing dates, and more information is available at the Stanislaus State Credential Processing Center in DBH 303, or by calling (209) 667-3534.

Students planning to complete this program must contact the Coordinator of Social Sciences for advisement and an evaluation of courses taken elsewhere that may satisfy requirements. The coordinator is also the officer who signs the final forms certifying to the Credential Processing Center that the student has satisfactorily completed the single subject matter preparation program and has met grade point average requirements.

Please note that this is an optional waiver program and not a degree program, concentration, track, or emphasis. 


(71-75 units)

Students must complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  and the requirements for a baccaluareate degree (Social Sciences B.A.  major is advised), in addition to the following: 

Core Curriculum



b. American Geography

Complete one of the following:

(3 units)


a. World History

Complete both of the following or their equivalents:

b. American History

Complete all of the following or their equivalents:

Political Science

United States Government and Politics

a. Complete the following or its equivalent:

b. Complete one of the following on citizenship:

c. Complete one of the following on American National Politics:

State of California Perspective

Complete two of the following or their equivalents:


See the Coordinator of Social Sciences for other courses that may satisfy the Behavioral Studies requirement.

Social Sciences

Complete the following on the teaching of history and social sciences:

Breadth and Perspectives Curriculum

Ethical Perspectives

Complete one of the following, or its equivalent: