Program: Multiple Subject Credential

Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program Option

Program Description

The Multiple Subject Credential program is primarily designed for students who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for diverse learners in grades K-8. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes preliminary, advanced, and specialist credentials. There are four pathways toward earning a preliminary multiple subject credential: Traditional Program, Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program, Multiple Subject Intern Program, and Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) for Freshmen or Junior students. The ITEP program is a joint program of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Liberal Studies and the Michael D. Eisner College of Education.

The Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program is a two semester postbaccalaureate multiple subject credential program for full-time candidates. Candidates must file a separate application for ACT admission. Cohorts begin each Fall. The ACT Program offers a BCLAD option for qualified candidates.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

  1. General credential program admission requirements.
  2. CSET LOTE: Test III for Spanish and Korean, Test II for Armenian (BCLAD candidates only).
  3. Admissions Interview with an ACT program coordinator.

B. Required Coursework

1. Required in the Fall Semester (24-27 units)

*EED 567ACT includes 40 hours of early field experience followed by 200 hours of supervised fieldwork completed over a 10-week period. This assignment emphasizes teacher candidate development in teaching reading/language arts and mathematics.

2. Required Prior to EED 568ACT—Student Teaching

  1. Successful completion of all Fall semester coursework.
  2. Skills requirement (CBEST or CSET Writing Exam 142).
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in program coursework and an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  4. Grade of “C” or better in all program courses.

3. Required During Spring Semester (18 units)

EED 559F Student Teaching Seminar (1)
EED 565S Science Curriculum and Methods (3)
EED 568ACT Student Teaching (6)**
EED 575 Integrated Social Studies and Arts Curriculum and Methods (3)
ELPS 542A Meeting the Needs of All Students in Urban Schools (2)
HSCI 465ELM Teaching Health in the Elementary School Classroom (1)
KIN 595PE Applied Methods for Physical Education (1)
SPED 542B Meeting the Needs of All Students in Urban Schools (1)

**EED 568ACT includes 20 hours of early field experience followed by 10 weeks of full-time student teaching. (BCLAD candidates student teach in a classroom appropriate to culture/language of emphasis.)

C. Other Program Requirements for Credential Recommendation

  1. Passage of the California Teaching Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), Teaching Event and Content Area Tasks (CATs) and Individual Induction Plan.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in professional education coursework and an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Grade of “C” or better in professional education coursework.
  4. U.S. Constitution requirement.
  5. Passage of Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).
  6. CPR Certification—infant, child, adult (online CPR training is not acceptable).
  7. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Total Units Required for the Credential: 42-45

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Elementary Education
Chair: Greg Knotts
Education (ED) 1206
(818) 677-2621

Program Coordinator: Joyce Burstein
(818) 677-6850

Field Experience Coordinator: Renee Ziolkowska
(818) 677-7393

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Multiple Subject Credential will be able to:

  1. Engage and support all students in learning.
  2. Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
  3. Understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
  5. Assess student learning.
  6. Develop as a professional educator.