Teacher Preparation

This program is geared towards students who are pursuing a foreign language teaching career.

Before Applying for Admission to the Single Subject Credential Program:

You must demonstrate competency in your subject either by having completed a Subject Matter Preparation Program or by successful completion of the CSET in your subject. You must have at least 80% of OPTION A or OPTION B completed before being considered for acceptance into the program.

  • OPTION A - Course Program: Complete a Single Subject Matter Preparation Program . Since the Department of Foreign Languages at SJSU no longer offers SMPP, Option A can only be satisfied by having your coursework reviewed by your institution or another certified institution.
  • OPTION B - Exams: Pass the CSET and the Subject Matter Competency Exam. More information can be found at CSET's website.

 

Applying to Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) in French, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

The following is the application process for both the University and the SSCP.

Steps to Follow:

1. Apply on line to Graduate Admissions at www.csumentor.edu before the deadline (beginning April for fall semester and October for Spring Semester). There will be a $55 application fee. Be sure to click the "submit" icon or your application will not go through (contact Graduate Admissions at 408-924-2480, or the Help Desk at 408-924-1530, with any questions regarding the online application.

2. Make an appointment to meet with subject area advisor, Helene Chan at Helene.Chan@sjsu.edu to complete a Subject Matter Competency Form. Bring a copy of your CSET scores to this appointment. On the following website, you will find information about deadlines and test dates of the CSET: http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS12_testdates.asp. Here are the links for CSET Guides in French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese:

French
Spanish 
Mandarin

CSET practice questions: this is a good site for teachers preparing for the CSET certification exams: http://www.csetexampraceticetests.com

3. Writing Requirement: An on-site writing task will be completed at the time of the subject matter review.

4. Application Information Form: Must be completed and submitted to the Secondary Education Department (Sweeney Hall 301). This form can be found on the website: http://www.sjsu.edu/secondary.

5. CBEST Exam: A copy of the whole page of the CBEST score sheet must be submitted to Sweeney Hall 301, even though you may have listed SJSU as one of the receiving agencies.

6. Official Transcripts: 2 sets are required with bachelors' degrees and from all college(s) attended. One set submitted with your application to the Secondary Education Office (Sweeney Hall 301) and send the second set to Graduate Studies.

7. US Constitution: If you have taken a course then it will be verified once the dept. receives your transcripts. If you wish to take an exam, please call 408-924-5980. Email address: testing-office@sjsu.edu

8. Technology Competency Exam: Information for this exam can be found at the bottom of this page. Once you have taken the exam, please submit proof of passing the exam to Sweeney Hall 301 or take the course EDIT 122. This requirement needs to be met the end of your first semester in the program.

9. Pre-Professional ExperienceComplete 45 hours of observation in a public middle or high school in California and submit a signed Pre-Professional Experience Form. The classes observed must be in regular academic year classroom setting in a class of the subject area you want your credential in.
*This experience does need to be current within the past 2 years. NOTE: substitute teaching, teachers aide can count.

10. 3 Current Letters of Recommendation: from individuals in a professional level, Ex: employer, professor, etc.

  • Letters must be current (less than 2 years old).
  • Letters must have the originator's contact information and signature.
  • Letters must be from people who have known you in an educational or professional relationship (not from personal friends or family - these will not be accepted).
  • Letters must speak to your ability to work with people, your work ethic, your intellectual capabilities, or other characteristics pertinent to teaching.
  • Letters must be submitted to Secondary Education at Sweeney Hall 301 or mailed to us at: Secondary Education, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, SH 301, San Jose, CA 95192-0077 (the letters may be addressed to Dr. Mark Felton, Chair of Secondary Education). We do not require that the letters be in sealed envelopes.

11. Resume: 1 page stating your work and educational experience (does not need to be related to teaching experience).

12. Certificate of Clearance: (Fingerprinting Process) All applicants need to visit our websites for fingerprinting instructions. UPD processes Livescans from 8am-4pm. If you have previously been fingerprinted then please go to http://teachercred.ctc.ca.gov/teachers/personalSearchProxy and follow the prompts. When your name appears please print and submit to SH301. Note: If you were previously issued any type of teaching permit from CCTC, PLEASE DO NOT re-do the fingerprinting process. Please submit a copy of the permit, current or expired.

How many courses are required of actual credential coursework? (11 courses) 

Number Course Title Units Requirements
FLED 380 Foreign Languages Methods 3  
EDSC 162 Language and Literacy Development   
EDSC 172A  Social & Mutlicultural Foundations   
EDSC 173  Psychological Foundations   
EDSC 182  Evaluation  Co-Req: 184Y&Z 
EDSC 246  Learning Environments  Co-Req: 184X 
EDTE 190  Health and Education   
EDSE 192A  Icluding & Supporting Students with Special Needs  3  
EDSC 184X Phase I Student Teaching  Pre-Req or co-Req: Methods 
FLED 184Y&Z  Phase II Student Teaching 

Pre-Req:EDSC 184X;
Co-Req: Phase II Seminar, EDSC 182

FLED 385 Phase II Student Teaching Seminar Co-Req: --ED 184Y,Z 

 

 

Below are detailed descriptions of Option A and Option B for demonstrating competency in the target language.

Option A

A typical Single Subject Matter Preparation Program includes a minimum of 33 units, or 11 courses and sometimes a comprehensive exam. For information purposes, you may compare the coursework you have done with our B.A. programs, which include all the courses that are required for subject matter preparation:

  • Courses: Spanish or French
  • Exam: Subject Matter Competency Exam: Spanish - French: Some programs include a subject matter competency exam that the students will take at the end of their preparation program. This test is articulated to the course program and the passing grade serves as final verification of preparation.
    Single Subject Matter Preparation Program

Spanish

Your transcript must reflect all courses.

All six courses below are required:

  • Spanish 101A Advanced Spanish and Composition (4 units)
  • Spanish 101B Advanced Spanish and Composition (4 units)
  • Spanish 102A Spanish Culture (3 units)
  • Spanish 102B Latin American Culture (3 units)
  • Spanish 105 Spanish Phonology (3 units)
  • Spanish 110 Spanish Morphology and Syntax (3 units)

Two courses from the selection below are required:

  • Spanish 120A Spanish Literature I (3 units)
  • Spanish 120B Spanish Literature II (3 units)
  • Spanish 140A Latin American Literature I (3 units)
  • Spanish 140B Latin American Literature III (3 units)

Two elective courses from selection below and from others above

  • Spanish 160A or 160C Hispanic Culture (Topics vary) 3 units
  • Spanish 160 B Hispanic Linguistics (3 units)
  • Spanish 170 Spanish Translation (3 units)
  • Spanish 180

French

A total of ten courses are required.

All six courses below are required:

  • Fren 101A Advanced French and Composition (3 units)
  • Fren 101B Advanced French and Composition (3 units)
  • Fren 101C Advanced French and Conversation (3 units)
  • Fren 102A French Culture: Prehistory to the Revolution (3 units)
  • Fren 102C French Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries (3 units)
  • Fren 105 French Phonology (3 units)
  • Fren 110 French Morphology and Syntax (3 units)

Two courses from the selection below are required:

  • Fren 120A French Literature: Middle Ages & Renaissance (3 units)
  • Fren 120B French Literature: 17th & 18th Centuries (3 units)
  • Fren 140A French Literature: 19th Century (3 units)
  • Fren 140B French Literature: 20th Century (3 units)

Two elective courses from selection below and from others above

  • Fren 160 (Topics vary) 3 units
  • Fren 132 French for Professionals (3 units)
  • Fren 170 Basics of Translation (3 units)
  • Fren 180

 

Option B

Subject Matter Competency Exam

Some SMPPs include a subject matter competency exam that the students will take at the end of their program. This test is articulated to the course program and the passing grade serves as final verification of preparation. For information on B.A. programs in the department of Foreign Languages, and courses to prepare for taking the CSET or complete your coursework, contact a DFL faculty advisor in your subject matter.

Reference Materials

Useful Websites

 

Advisors:

Please contact Helene Chan at Helene.Chan@sjsu.edu or at her office at Clark Hall 408K (408) 924-4618.

Thank you for your interest in SJSU, and in the World Language Teacher Credential Program. We will do our best to help you.

Helene Chan 
Teacher Education Advisor & Supervisor 
Department of World Languages and Literatures 
San José State University 
One Washington Square 
San José, CA 95192-0091

Office: Clark Hall 408K 
Tel: 408-924-4618 
Fax: 408-924-4607 
Web: sjsu.edu/wll