College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Students

Curriculum Sheets & Road Maps

There are two "options" to the History major at Cal Poly Pomona: the general history option and the pre-credential option. This page contains links to the curriculum and "road map" for each option, as well a special link (and list) of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the pre-credential option.

History Option

The general history option of the History Major offers a flexible curriculum for students who want a history major with maximum choice of general education courses and electives. This Option is designed for students who have career goals other than teaching at middle or high schools. It provides a foundation for those seeking pre-professional training in law, business, civil service, and graduate work leading to a master's degree or doctorate.

History Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

History Road Map (PDF)



Pre-Credential Option

The pre-credential option of the History Major meets the subject matter competency requirement for prospective teachers seeking a California Single Subject Credential in Social Science.  The Pre-Credential Option allows students to qualify for a fifth-year credential program and is especially suited for students who want to teach history or social science in middle and high schools.

Pre-Credential Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

Pre-Credential Road Map (PDF)

Pre-Credential Option Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)

The Pre-Credential FAQs are also listed below for your convenience:


1.) What is the pre-credential option in the history major?

  • The History- Pre-Credential Option is a plan for those who might consider teaching in secondary schools in the future. The program satisfies the subject-matter competency requirements (as established by the Board of Education of the State of California) to teach social science in secondary schools.


2.) Why do we have a pre-credential option? Shouldn’t a degree in history be enough to teach in secondary schools?

  • Public secondary schools do not hire history teachers; they hire social science teachers. As a social science teacher, your school will not only expect you to be able to teach history, but also geography, government, and economics. 


3.) Do I have to take more classes with the pre-credential option?

  • For both the history major and the history major with the pre-credential option, students are required to take a minimum of 180 units. If you are a transfer student you may need to take more courses in order to graduate in the pre-credential option than you would in the general history major because of the additional required support courses.


4.) What are the big differences between the history major and the history major with the pre-credential option?

  • With the history major, you can take more unrestricted electives. With the history pre-credential option, you have many more required support courses (most of which double count for General Education). Put another way, there is more structure to the pre-credential option. Also, when you successfully complete the pre-credential option plan, you will receive a subject matter waiver, which recognizes you as subject matter competent to teach social science in secondary schools and exempts you from taking the CSET test. You do not receive this waiver with the general history major.


5.) Will I have wasted my time if I pursue the pre-credential option and then I ultimately decide I do not want to become a teacher?

  • Not at all. You will have received a broad based education in the social sciences, which will serve you well in any field you ultimately pursue.


6.) Once I complete the pre-credential history program, can I begin teaching?

  • No. You must earn a teaching credential from an accredited teaching credential program to teach in public secondary schools. (On very rare occasions, a student may find an internship, where they teach and complete the credential program simultaneously)


7.) What is the difference between the history major with the pre-credential option and the credential program?

  • The history pre-credential option plan provides you the subject matter knowledge. The credential program teaches you how to teach.


8.) How long does it take to complete Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program?

  • If you do it full time, it takes 3 quarters. Once Cal Poly Pomona transitions to semesters, full-time credential students can complete the program in 3 semesters. Note that the program appears longer with the conversion to semesters. However, it really is not. Under the semester system, there is not the pre-requisite course work that was required under the quarter system to enter the credential program.    


9.) Am I automatically admitted into Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program once I complete the history pre-credential option?

  • No. Once you complete your B.A. you are no longer a student at Cal Poly Pomona. If you wish to attend Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program, you will have to submit an application to the University for grad admissions through CSU Mentor.


10.) Once I gain grad admission to the University, do I enter directly into Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program?

  • It depends on whether you complete the pre-requisites before your admission. Under the quarter system, there are several pre-requisites for formal admission into the credential program. Before admission into Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program, students must successfully complete four pre-requisite courses (TED 405, TED 406, TED 407 and GED 400) and they must demonstrate mastery of basic skills. (Note: This will change with the conversion to semesters. There is no pre-requisite coursework to enter into the program.) Most students satisfy the basic skills requirement by passing the CBEST test. Students who scored high on all sections of the SAT can also petition to get this requirement waived.


11.) Can I take the pre-requisite courses for Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program and the CBEST before I graduate?

  • Yes. In fact, you are encouraged to do so, if you have room in your schedule in your final year of the history pre-credential option. The benefits to this are the courses are less expensive as an undergrad and secondly you might (depending on how many courses you take) be able to seamlessly transition from undergrad into the credential program. If you plan on attending a credential program other than Cal Poly Pomona’s, consult with this program before you register for these pre-requisite courses. These pre-requisites may not apply under their program.


12.) If I take the pre-requisite courses before I complete my B.A., will they be on my undergraduate record or post-undergrad record?

  • Be sure to submit a petition to the registrar’s office to have these courses transferred to your post-undergrad record. You must file the petition before the 8th week of the quarter in which you are taking the classes. This is important because school districts use the number of course units beyond your B.A. to determine your place on the salary scale. In other words, you will likely lose money when you begin to teach, if you do not take this step.  


13.) Are there admission requirements for Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program?

  • The GPA requirement for the credential program is 2.67 overall or a 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted. If your GPA falls below this, you can petition for exceptional admission.
  • In addition to the GPA, you will have to submit an application packet containing numerous components. To see these components, follow this link:  It is strongly recommended that you begin working on the admission packet early.


14.) When is the deadline to submit my application to Cal Poly Pomona’s credential program?

While the deadlines vary from year to year, just know that they are early. As an example, see the deadlines for the 2016/17 academic year below:

  • Enter Fall 2016– April 15, 2016
  • Enter Winter 2017– September 23, 2016
  • Enter Spring 2017– January 6, 2017


15.) What should I expect once I get into Cal Poly’s credential program?

  • Under the quarter system, you will take four core courses (TED 446, TED 434, TED 442 and TED 432) focused on teaching strategies, curriculum and methods. You will take two courses on special topics in education (EDSS 403 and KIN 441) and you will complete two quarters of clinical practice. In clinical practice, you teach in a classroom under the guidance of a mentor teacher and your university supervisor.


16.) What if I plan on attending a credential program other than Cal Poly Pomona’s? Will this other institution recognize my pre-credential program?

  • The California State Board of Education has reviewed and approved Cal Poly Pomona’s history pre-credential option. Any accredited credential program in the state of California will recognize your subject matter competency, if you successfully complete the course work within the pre-credential option. If you are looking at out-of-state credential programs, you should consult that state’s commission for teaching credentials for rules regarding out-of-state training.




17.) What if I anticipate my credential program at Cal Poly Pomona straddling the quarter to semester conversion in the 2018/2019 academic year?

  • Toward the end of this academic year (2016/2017), consult with Dr. Michael Slaughter for the most recent news on semester conversion.


18.) Is there anything I can do now in preparation for the credential program and ultimately teaching in a secondary school?

  • Yes. Seek opportunities to work with adolescents. Gain valuable experience as a tutor, camp counselor, coach or teacher’s aid. When you complete your B.A. look to work as a substitute teacher. While this experience is not mandatory to admission into the credential program, it will give you a head start in your quest to become a classroom teacher. These experiences also look good when you are interviewing for teaching jobs.


19.) Who do I talk to if I have questions about the pre-credential/credential process?

  • The first person you should see is Dr. Michael Slaughter – the pre-credential advisor. You can find him in 94-337. I encourage you to send him an email ( in advance to arrange a meeting.


20.) When (in my pre-credential program) should I seek guidance from Dr. Slaughter?

  • You should arrange a meeting with Dr. Slaughter two quarters before you graduate to make sure you are on the right track.