Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer content

Department of English

Subject Matter Competency in English

To teach secondary English in the state of California, grades 7-12, a Single Subject English Teaching Credential is required. All credential programs, including the program at Fresno State, require Subject Matter Competency (SMC) to be established first, before admission.

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

Method 1: Verification by Accredited Institutions

SMC 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 Studies is CTC accredited. Completion of the University's undergraduate program in English Education (including G.E. and core courses) — with ALL of the following requirements — will establish SMC:

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA in subject matter coursework ("major" GPA);
  2. Grades of "A" or "B" in three core courses: Engl 105, Introduction to Literary Analysis; Engl 131, Literacy Studies; Engl 193T/194T: 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 SMC 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 SMC in English by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (English CSET).