Program: Multiple Subject Credential

Integrated Teacher Education 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 Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is an undergraduate program of teacher preparation. Students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential in four years. ITEP offers two options, one for entering freshman (Freshman option) and the other for community college transfer students with junior standing (Junior option). The professional education requirements for both options are listed below. For information regarding the subject matter requirements, see the Liberal Studies section of this Catalog.

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. Required Prior to Admission to Credential Portion of Program

General Credential Program Admission Requirements except CSET, which is required prior to EED 578A—Student Teaching.

ELPS 203 Urban Education in American Society (3)

B. Required Prior to EED 578A Student Teaching in the Elementary School

EED 472 Mathematics Curriculum and Methods (3)
EED 477A Reading Instruction for Diverse Learners (3)
EPC 315 Psychological Foundations of Learning and Teaching (3)
SPED 420 Designing Equitable Learning Through Universal Design (3)

  1. Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).
  2. Verification of CSET passage.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in professional education coursework and an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
  4. A grade of “C” or better in all credential courses.
  5. Verification of fingerprint clearance.
  6. Submission of student teaching application by deadline date.

C. Required Concurrent with EED 578A—Student Teaching in the Elementary School

EED 477B Literacy Instruction and English Language Development for Diverse Learners (3)
EED 579A Student Teaching Seminar (2)

D. Required Concurrent with EED 578D—Student Teaching in the Elementary School

EED 480 Science/Social Science Curriculum Methods (4)
EED 579D Student Teaching Seminar (1)

E. Required Education Coursework Sequence in the ITEP-Freshman Option

See Liberal Studies ITEP-Freshman section of this Catalog.

F. Other Program Requirements for Credential Recommendation

  1. Passage of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (PACT Teaching Event and CATs) and Individual Induction Plan.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in professional education coursework and an overall GPA of at least 2.75 since admission to the program.
  3. A grade of “C” or better in all credential courses.
  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).

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


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

ITEP Coordinator: Greg Knotts
(818) 677-3189

Field Experience Office: (818) 677-3183

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.