Subject Matter Competency in English

To teach secondary English (grades 7-12) in the state of California, a Single Subject credential in English is requiredSubject Matter Competency (SMC)  is required by all California accredited Single Subject credential programs. Fresno State's credential program requires SMC for admission.

SMC in English can be established in either of two ways:

Method 1: Verification by Accredited Institutions
Subject Matter Competency can be granted by college and university programs that have been accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Fresno State's B.A. program in English Education is CTC accredited. Completion of the Fresno State undergraduate B.A. program (including G.E. and core courses) in English Education with ALL of the following requirements establishes subject matter competency:

1) Minimum 3.0 GPA in subject matter coursework ("major" GPA),

2) Grades of "A" or "B" in three core courses:

  • English 105: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • English 131: Literacy Studies
  • English 193/194T: Special Topics Seminar

3) Satisfactory completion of a reflective portfolio process, which includes construction of an electronic portfolio demonstrating competency in four key outcome areas and an interview with English faculty members.

NOTE: If you have already completed a B.A., M.A., or Ph.D. (including but not limited to a degree in English) you may establish subject matter competency by completing the coursework required for the English Education major (not including general education courses) and items 1-3 above. This ensures you have a strong understanding of the field of English Education.

Method 2: Verification by Examination
Students who already have a B.A and do not want to take any more classes can establish subject matter competency in English by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (English CSET).

The Single Subject Credential Program in English is directed in cooperation with the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.