WHAT IS THE MULTIPLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL?
The Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes you to teach in a self-contained classroom for grades K-12 and below; generally, however, these are the usual credentials held by teachers in elementary education and middle school CORE classrooms.
WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
The instructors are full-time professors and part-time practitioners who are working in the schools. Our faculty members are of the highest quality in their knowledge base and experience; they are one of the strengths of our program.
HOW LONG IS THE CREDENTIAL PROGRAM?
The program is one calendar year in length if you attend on a full-time basis. If you prefer to attend on a part-time basis, the program can be modified to be 1 ½ or 2 years in length.
WHEN CAN I START THE PROGRAM?
There are two starts each year - Summer Term (in July) and January Term.
HOW MANY SEMESTER UNITS COMPRISE THE ENTIRE MULTIPLE SUBJECT PROGRAM?
There are a total of 36 units in the program.
HOW MUCH DOES EACH SEMESTER UNIT COST?
Current tuition per semester unit is found on our web site under Admissions & Aid at: Tuition & Fees
IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
Financial aid information, including Internet resources and scholarship offers by the Kalmanovitz School of Education, is available online at: Financial Aid. and at our reception desk (2nd floor in the Filippi Academic Hall). For loan information and applications, you may contact the Saint Mary’ College Financial Aid Office at 925-631-4370 or look online at: Financial Aid.
WHEN ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
The classes are held between 4:00 and 10:00 PM on Mondays – Thursdays. Occasionally some classes meet on Saturdays, but usually only once or twice a semester. Most of the classes meet for 2 ¾ hours once a week.
IS IT FEASIBLE TO WORK WHILE I AM IN SCHOOL?
Many of our students work part-time. However, once you begin your supervised student teaching, it becomes more difficult to work. It is not feasible to attend the program full-time and work full-time. We will help you design a Plan of Study that takes into consideration your work schedule and your family and personal responsibilities and activities.
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?
All class sessions are held on the Saint Mary’s College campus in Moraga.
WHY IS A CERTIFICATE OF CLEARANCE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION?
It is a requirement by state law that every participant in a basic credential program undergoes a moral fitness/fingerprint clearance check by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Before being officially admitted to the Multiple Subject credential preparation program, you must have applied for and paid for a Certificate of Clearance to be issued by the CTC. This is a 2-step process: 1) Complete the CTC-specific form 41-LS and take it to a LiveScan station for your fingerprints to be taken, and 2) Apply for the Certificate of Clearance using the Web Application Process at the CTC website. Once you have answered the fitness questions and paid the fee online you will receive an email from the CTC verifying that your application is in process. Send this email to the Multiple Subject Program Assistant to verify you have fulfilled the CTC Clearance admissions requirement. If you do not answer yes to one of the fitness questions, the document is usually issued in 1-3 days after payment. If a yes answer is supplied, clearance can take up to 6 months or more. The document must be issued prior to the start of any student teaching.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
You can contact any of the following people:
Kathy Crane Admissions Counselor