Multiple Subject

Our advantage is elementary.  

Earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential provides a firm foundation for your career as an elementary 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 elementary public/private schools (K-8) in California.

Credential offered: Multiple Subject Teaching Preliminary Credential from the State of 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 field 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 twice a year, in Summer or January

Continue on to a Master of Arts in Teaching

Getting your multiple subject credential is a great first step toward a rewarding teaching career. But in less than a year, you can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.

The automatic bump in salary you’ll receive with this advanced degree is definitely worth the small, additional investment of time.

Special pathway for undergraduates

Are you a freshman or sophomore interested in becoming an elementary/middle school teacher? Enroll in Teachers for Tomorrow, a special five-year cohort program that combines coursework with real-life classroom experiences. At the end of this program, you will have earned a bachelor of arts degree, an elementary teaching credential and a master’s degree.

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Student Handbooks for the MSTE Program are accessible below, including:

  • Graduate & Professional Studies Student Handbook (includes information about academic appeals and grievances).
  • Multiple Subject Credential Handbook (information about credential requirements)
  • Multiple Subject Field Experience Handbook (information about student teaching placements)