Multiple Subject Credential

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2017-2018, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on August 10, 2017. Access the catalog of record at

If you are a member of the Master's Credential Cohort Program (MCC), please know these credential requirements are in addition to the master's degree requirements found here

The Multiple Subject program is designed for those interested in teaching in elementary grades. Completion of an approved California state Liberal Studies undergraduate program is helpful preparation for the Multiple Subject credential, but is not required. To demonstrate subject matter competence, all candidates for the Multiple Subject credential are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects) prior to student teaching. Some applicants may be required to submit a passing score on this test prior to being admitted to the credential program. All candidates for the credential must submit either a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment prior to admittance to the program, or evidence of having registered for taking the basic skills exam at its next offering.

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

I. Courses (36 units)

Required Courses
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic3
EDSP 589PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 581CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education in a Global Society3
EDUC 582Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 583PMethods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 584CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 585PElementary Curriculum Methods for Global Classrooms6
EDUC 590SStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Seminar 11-3
EDUC 590PStudent Teaching for Multiple Subject Credential Practicum 11-9

EDUC 590S must be taken concurrently with EDUC 590P.

Additional Requirements

Passing score on the following exams: CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment, CSET: Multiple Subjects, RICA. The CBEST or CSET: Writing Skills Assessment and CSET exams must be passed prior to student teaching;

  • U.S. Constitution requirement;
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the credential program does not guarantee the opportunity to student teach. Placement is based upon assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in coursework and fieldwork. In addition, all candidates must be cleared through the CTC certificate of clearance; and,
  • Grades of B- or better are required in all credential courses, including student teaching; and,
  • CPR certification infant, child and adult.