Teacher Education Counseling
Preparing for a teaching career is a complex process, which involves numerous college, university and state regulations. Accurate planning is essential to ensure a seamless transition to four-year institutions and into teaching careers. A counselor's primary function is to develop a clear, accurate, and individualized academic plan for each of our future teachers. We look forward to helping you reach your goal of becoming a credentialed teacher. For more information on counseling visit the SCC Counseling website.
Students pursuing teaching careers generally follow the CSU or the CSU /UC general education certification plans, in conjunction with one the approved subject matter preparation programs and/or additional coursework geared toward the teaching profession. By meeting with an SCC academic counselor and with a university representative, students will be on the pathway to success.
Choosing a Major
Students who are interested in teaching elementary school (K-6) generally choose the Liberal Arts major. This major provides a broad spectrum of courses that are geared for teaching all general subjects. Students may also choose to major in Child and Adolescent Studies, Human Services, or other subjects; however, they may be required to take additional courses.
Students interested in teaching middle school or high school (7-12) generally select the major that they wish to teach (e.g. History, Art, English, Science, Mathematics, etc.). They follow the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) requirements and/or take the single subject portion of the CSET before entering the credential program.
California State University, Fullerton SSMP programs:
To make a counseling appointment with the Pathways to Teaching Counselor, please contact the Santiago Canyon College Counseling Center at 714-628-4800. The center is located in Building D, room 106.