Secondary (Single Subject)

In California, those who want to teach high school generally major in the subject area they want to teach. Then, having completed the state subject-area requirements (see Subject Matter Preparation, below), they take a fifth year to complete a teaching credential.

Chloe Dicksons teaching

Westmont offers single-subject (typically for use in Grades 7-12) credentials in the following areas:

  • Art
  • English
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education/Kinesiology
  • Science - General
  • Science - Biology
  • Science - Chemistry
  • Science - Physics
  • Spanish


Students wishing to teach in another subject area not listed here (e.g., Spanish) may still complete their secondary credential at Westmont by passing the CSET examination in another area listed above and then applying for credentials in both areas.

Subject Matter Preparation

In the spring before applying to the Credential program, candidates for secondary teaching take a subject-matter exam (the CSET) in the subject they wish to be credentialed in.

For students on a regular 4 year + 1 year schedule, the exam would be taken in the spring of the senior year. For fast-track students, the exam would be taken spring of the junior year.

Fast Track Option
At Westmont it is possible, with careful planning and extra classes over the summer, to complete both the subject area requirements and the requirements for a preliminary credential in four years.

Ali Fisher teaching