History Education Option/ Single Subject Prep Program

Welcome to the History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Preparation Program webpage. Be sure to download the advising worksheet and Student Guide below to have full information about the program.


CSUDH Social Science / History CSET Waiver Program


Before they may advance to the student teaching phase of a post-baccalaureate teaching credential program in social science, students must demonstrate competency in the subject matter for which history/social science teachers in grades 7 through 12 are responsible.  There are two approved methods for demonstrating subject matter competency before the California Teacher Credentialing Commission (CTC). Students must pass the CSET exam in social science, or they must earn a subject matter waiver by completing a CTC-approved curriculum program, like the History Education Option. (Please note that the CSET is not the same examination as the CBEST. Click here for details pertaining to the CBEST.)

In order to be eligible for the subject matter waiver students must exceed the minimum requirements for graduation (a 2.0 GPA in program coursework).  To earn the subject matter waiver, students must earn a 2.85 GPA (as well as C or better in all program courses) and they must submit a summative portfolio for review by an academic advisor.


History Major - Education Option

History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Credential Preparation Program

CSET Waiver via History Degree CSUDH

You enter this program by signing up for the B.A. in History - Education Option. Print out and follow the History Major-Education Option advising worksheet.  The 69 units includes a number of lower-division courses, so if you are transferring from a community college you may have already completed some of these courses. Meet with the History/Social Science SSMPP Advisor (bring copies of your community college transcripts) during your first semester at CSUDH to check this out. Note that no lower-division course may be substituted for any upper-division course--no exceptions.

Completion of an approved subject matter preparation program or passing comprehensive examinations in the subject matter field (the CSET test) fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science.


Below is the list of required courses.  Please review the Portfolio Requirement and Assessment Rubric below to find out about the details of this program.

  • Advising Worksheet
  • History-Education Option 4-year Roadmap for in-coming Freshman click here.
  • Click for the Education Option Portfolio Requirement Checklist here.
  • Click for the Portfolio Assessment Rubric
  • Click for CBEST page on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing web page.
  • Click for the CSET page on the California Commision on Teacher Credentialing web page.

History/Social Science SSMPP Advisor

Professor Christopher Monty is the advisor for the History/Social Science Single Subject Matter Program.

If you have questions about the program or need advising, contact him directly by telephone or email address: 310.243.3469 or cmonty@csudh.edu.