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Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

There are two credential options available to Liberal Studies majors: preliminary multiple subject and preliminary education specialist credential with mild to moderate authorization for K-12 and adults with disabilities to 22.

Credential Option 1: Preliminary Multiple Subject

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder 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. See coursework required on Credential Preparation Requirements page of the coursework checklist on pg. 12 of this handbook. Students must also attend Credential and Careers Meetings and file all credential application materials with the Credential Analyst.

Note: Admission to the Teacher Credential Program does not guarantee acceptance to student teaching. Acceptance will be based on academic criteria (minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, C or above in all Core and Concentration courses, B- or above in Professional Preparation courses, completion of all other professional preparation courses), acceptable performance in practicum experiences, appropriate professional dispositions, and faculty approval of student portfolio.

Credential Preparation Requirements for Option 1 : Preliminary Multiple Subject (36 units)

Foundations Coursework: These courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program.

  • ENGL 318 Development of the English Language (3 units)
  • EDUC 381C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 units, ~10 practicum hours)
  • EDUC 382 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3 units, ~ 8 observation hours)

Methods Coursework: Taken only after admission to the Credential Program, including Student Teaching.

  • EDUC 384C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development (3 units, 20 CSL hours)
  • EDUC 383P Methods of Teaching Literacy and Language Arts (3 units, 50 practicum hours)
  • EDUC 385P Elementary Curriculum and Methods (6 units, 50 practicum hours)
  • EDSP 389 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education (3 units, ~10 field hours)
  • EDUC 490S Student Teaching Seminar (3 units)
  • EDUC 490P Student Teaching (9 units)

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