Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential


Saint Mary's College has been educating teachers in the Bay Area since 1967. Our program incorporates best practices and continually evolves to prepare new teachers for the challenges that lie ahead. Our full time program begins every summer. We also offer an on ramp program for credential students who want to begin their coursework in the Spring. 


Full Time

On Ramp Option

  • Summer Term start
  • Student Teaching begins Fall Term 25
  • Complete credential coursework in 1 year
  • Option to continue with the MA in Teaching after credential
  • Summer Term 25 Priority Deadline: March 1, 2025
  • Spring Term start
  • Students join full time cohort and begin student teaching placement in Fall Term 25
  • Complete credential coursework in 1.5 years
  • Option to continue with the MA in Teaching after credential
  • Spring Term 25 Priority Deadline: October 1, 2024


Applications received after the deadline will be evaluated on a space-available basis. 

*For former HNU Students: Contact our admissions team at to learn more about transfer assistance*



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12 Month Program Duration
  • 12 months (full time), part-time available. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed.
On-Campus Environment
  • This program meets in-person, Mon-Thurs, afternoon/evening classes
Small Class Sizes
  • Small cohort sizes. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.

Continue on to a Master of Arts in Teaching

Getting your multiple subject teaching credential is a great first step towards a rewarding teaching career. Building upon your success in this program, you can go on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.

This degree requires 12 additional units and completing a capstone project. The program offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of student learning, as well as to deepen your understanding of contemporary issues in education.

Credential offered: Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential from the State of California




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Earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential provides a firm foundation for your career as a K–8 public school teacher. Our teaching program is one of the most well-respected in the area, and our credentialed students are some of the most qualified educators to teach in K–8 schools in California.

The Justice, Community, and Leadership (JCL) undergraduate major has a four-year concentration. In four years, students earn their BA in Justice, Community, and Leadership and a preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to work in K–8 schools in California.

Benefits of our preliminary credential program:

  • You learn with a cohort of fellow students through the entire program
  • Extensive field experience/student teaching that exceeds state requirements
  • Personal attention from responsive and supportive Cooperating Teachers and College Supervisors
  • Faculty members are highly qualified professors and educational leaders
  • Supervised student teaching placements in diverse settings
  • Intentionally small class sizes
  • Flexible courses of study options for busy students
  • Student-centered curriculum
  • One-year, full-time program; part-time options available
  • Admissions once a year in Summer

Career options include:

  • Teaching in a public, private, charter, or parochial school
  • Teaching in your own self-contained classroom
  • Teaching as part of a team
  • Teaching core subjects in a middle school (at least two subjects; for example, English/social studies or mathematics/science)
  • Teaching courses primarily organized for adults

Excellent record of job placements
Our students who complete their teaching credentials at the Kalmanovitz School of Education have an excellent history of finding teaching positions. With California facing teacher shortages, you will be in demand after earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential.


Golden State Teacher Grant

Once admitted and enrolled in our Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program, consider applying for the Golden State Teacher Grant. Awards of up to $20,000 are available. Learn more and apply today.

Program Details

Learn about admissions, costs, the Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential curriculum, and more. 

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School and Department Information

We believe that education can transform lives and make a positive impact on our future and in our communities — particularly those that are underserved. Our curriculum prepares leaders who understand the causes of inequities within society and how these affect our communities, including students, parents and teachers.