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Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory English

Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory English

Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory English

Online Program


24 months



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Looking to branch into a different subject area, or perhaps move from elementary to middle or high school? Delve into key components of literature, speech, theater and advanced composition and inspire the inner writer, actor or public speaker in your students.

This program is NCLB compliant and authorizes you to teach English curriculum designed for grades 9 and below.

This authorization can be added to any of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials: Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary, Standard Secondary or Special Secondary

Designed For

Teachers holding a valid Single Subject, Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary or Standard Secondary Teaching Credential who are interested in teaching English.

What You'll Learn

  • Stages of the writing process; advanced composition and writing strategies
  • Fundamentals for character development in fiction writing
  • Linguistics methods and an overview of the English-language structure
  • Approaches to connecting literature with writing
  • How to incorporate theater and drama into your educational program

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Program Overview


48 Units


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Real People. Real Results.

“I finished two Education programs at UCR Extension. They helped me to be hired in a career I love--teaching English to Middle School students! Thank you, UCR Extension!”

Donna Caspio

Middle School Teacher
Pomona Unified School District
Pomona, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. One of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials:
    1. Multiple Subject
    2. Single Subject
    3. Standard Elementary
    4. Standard Secondary
    5. Special Secondary
  3. Please note that there is no application required to begin taking courses toward the Authorization, however, we recommend that you apply by the third course if you would like UCR to assist with the filing of CTC paperwork at the completion of the required courses. You can apply, free of charge, below.

Completion Requirements

  • Successful completion of 48 units with a grade of C or better. This must include a minimum of four units in each of the following five areas:
    • Grammar or Language Structure
    • Advanced Composition
    • Literature
    • Speech
    • Drama or Theater
  • Additional courses to equal a minimum of 48 quarter units.

Upon program completion:

  • The candidate may request the assistance of UCR Extension to file the appropriate paperwork with the CTC or the candidate may apply on their own to the CTC.
  • If the candidate would like UCR to assist, please complete the online “Completion Verification” application. Please note, a university $75 "credential filing fee" will apply.
  • Upon verification by Student Services that all requirements have been met, the Credentials Office will mail the required CTC paperwork to the candidate’s home address in 10 business days. Please complete the application and mail back to the Credentials Office with a $100 check or money order made out to “CTC”. At this time, the CTC does not accept online applications.
  • Upon receipt, the Credentials Office will process the paperwork within 24 hours. A (C19) letter is then mailed to the candidate as verification of completion.
  • CTC can take up to six months (50 business days) to process paper applications. Please review CTC's website to verify issuance. The candidate will not receive a document in the mail as the CTC has gone completely paperless.

CTC Notice

The final decision regarding an applicant's academic eligibility for an Authorization will be determined by CTC staff when the documentation is submitted and the application is evaluated.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

English Composition and Sentence Structure

ENGL X410.59

4 units

Advanced Composition for Educators - Part I

ENGL X410.6A

4 units

Quarter 2

Classic American Literature

ENGL X425.01

4 units

Quarter 3

1 Elective

Quarter 4

2 Electives

Quarter 5

2 Electives

Quarter 6

2 Electives

Quarter 7

2 Electives

Quarter 8

2 Electives

Instructor Spotlight

“I love teaching teachers, and I craft assignments that respond to needs in their classrooms. Teachers' time is so precious that I want them to walk away with classroom-ready tools. I also like them to have fun and I encourage them to express their own creativity.”

Colleen Oakley

Playwrite, Theater Practitioner & Professional Writer
Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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