Secondary Credential Program


NOTE: Dr. Megan Guise is currently on sabbatical; applicants for AY 2017/18 should contact Dr. Joel Orth [], 805-756-2963, during her absence.

Dear Potential English Credential Candidate: 

If you are majoring in English and thinking about possibly pursuing a teaching career, Cal Poly's Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) may be right for you. By becoming an English teacher, you have an opportunity to shape the future and to ignite people's passion in English. Like any profession, it requires advanced study in the field of education as well as a deepening content knowledge in your subject specialization.  

Cal Poly's Single Subject Credential Program in English is designed to prepare university graduates to become English teachers in California secondary schools. In cooperation with the School of Education and school districts, the English credential program provides credential candidates with the requisite background in the subject of English, including curriculum and instructional approaches for literature, writing, language, and communication skills. Cal Poly credential candidates can expect to become well acquainted with the profession of teaching English through university classes, field experiences, as well as student teaching.  

A single subject credential can be earned in three to four quarters of full-time enrollment at Cal Poly after earning a bachelor’s degree. However, the length of time required to complete the program depends on whether candidates have already met program prerequisites and fulfilled subject-matter competency. 

If you are interested in possibly pursuing a credential in English, review the application guidelines and feel free to contact  (see note at top of page).  By meeting with me early in your undergraduate career, I can guide you through the process of meeting program prerequisites and fulfilling subject-matter competency before you graduate with your bachelor’s degree. 


Dr. Megan Guise
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts  
Phone: 805-756-2134
Office: Building 047, Room 35L 

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