The multiple subject teaching credential authorizes its holders to teach in a self-contained classroom such as the classrooms in most elementary schools. However, a teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults). In addition, the holder of a multiple subject teaching credential may serve in a core or team teaching setting.
Students can complete a multiple subject preliminary teaching credential program as undergraduate students or as post-baccalaureate (graduate) students. Undergraduate students earning a bachelor of arts degree in the following fields may choose to earn a multiple subject preliminary teaching credential concurrently with their Bachelor degree:
• Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, B.A.,
• Liberal Studies, B.A.
• Urban Learning, B.A.
Undergraduate students who would like to do so should read the information below and seek advice about the integrated option in their degree program from advisors in their program and from the College of Education Office for Student Services.
Post-baccalaureate students who would like to earn a multiple subject preliminary teaching credential should read the information below and contact the College of Education Office for Student Services for advice.
Each integrated program candidate must meet certain requirements prior to being conditionally admitted to the teacher credential program. In addition to those listed below, the candidates must also demonstrate professional responsibility that satisfies the standards of teaching, as evidenced in the candidate’s Philosophy of Education statement and in their letters of recommendation.
- COE Application for Admission and Admission Fee
- Undergraduate applicants must be at junior standing; a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university for post-baccalaureate applicants
- Completion of basic skills requirement.**
- A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) or better in all course work for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate applicants or a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) or better in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units form undergraduate and post-baccalaureate applicants.
- Official transcripts from every junior college, college, or university attended, except Cal State LA. International transcripts must be evaluated by an agency approved by the university.
- Philosophy of Education Statement
- Proof of Valid Certificate of Clearance
- Photocopy of negative TB Test
- Two original letters of recommendation
Note: Undergraduate students are those students whose degrees have not been conferred by the time they complete EDCI 4000.
**Note: Students who do not have the basic skills requirement met may be conditionally admitted and be formally admitted upon meeting this requirement.
Effective January 5, 2015, all applicants for re-admission will be required to complete a re-admission protocol and interview for consideration. Please see College of Education, Office for Student Services website for specific information.
In order for the university to recommend students to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, the following requirements must be completed or passed:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or approved equivalent
- Basic Skills Requirement (BSR), e.g., CBEST (all sections)
- All sections of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple subjects or equivalent (students must meet this requirement before Directed Teaching)
- a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card (infant, child, and adult)
- U.S. Constitution requirement or equivalent
- The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
- All required Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA)
- Credit for the professional education/academic courses listed below with a GPA of 3.0 or better (all courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better)
- All courses for the Multiple Subject preliminary teaching credential must be completed within seven years.
The University Intern Credential Program
The Multiple Subject University Intern Credential Program is designed for individuals who are employed as full-time teachers by cooperating school districts, have fulfilled all-district and university prerequisites, and have been recommended by the university. The intern credential is issued for a two-year period during which time candidates must complete all requirements for the multiple subject preliminary teaching credential.
Acceptance into University Intern Credential Program
Individuals who seek admission to this program must meet with a University Intern Credential advisor for verification of requirements and completion of a program plan. Please contact the Office for Student Services to reach a University Intern Credential advisor. For applicants to be admitted to the program, they must have:
- Verification of a full-time teaching job offer from a cooperating school/district.
- U.S. Constitution requirement or an equivalent.
- Met the requirements for admission into the multiple subject credential program as a post-baccalaureate student.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university or approved equivalent.
- Passed the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR), e.g., CBEST.
- Passed all sections of the California Subject Matter Examination for Teachers Multiple Subject (CSET) or equivalent.
- Completed the following with a grade of C or better, or with credit: EDCI 4000, EDCI 4010, EDFN 4131, or equivalent.
University Intern Credential Program Requirements
In order for the university to recommend interns to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential, the following additional requirements must be completed or passed:
- A cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card (infant, child, and adult).
- All required Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA)
- The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).
- All courses in the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program.
Holders of a valid basic general education teaching credential issued by the state of California may add an additional credential, either multiple subject or single subject, or add an additional single subject content area, by completing additional course work. Interested students should consult the College of Education Office for Student Services for further information.