Feb 26, 2024
The Professional Teacher Preparation Program for the Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential prepares individuals to teach in selfcontained classrooms at the K-12 grade level where multiple subjects are taught. Candidates may select a two- or three-semester credential program sequence. The department also offers a Bilingual Authorization option in Spanish. Applicants to the credential program must hold a bachelor’s degree, or have completed their general education and have no more than six units to complete in their major. Applicants must pass the CSET before entering the program. For more information visit ed.fullerton.edu/edel/.
Freshmen may opt to simultaneously pursue an undergraduate major and a teaching credential through the Streamlined Teacher Education Program (STEP), which leads to a Multiple Subject Credential or to a basic Education Specialist Credential. The section on Teaching Credentials in this catalog contains more information on STEP.
California law requires an academic major; there is no major in education. Students who opt for STEP select a Liberal Studies or Child and Adolescent Development major. Students are encouraged to attend a program overview during the junior and senior year. Overview schedules may be found at ed.fullerton.edu/edel.
Two-Semester Program Sequence
The Multiple Subject Credential Program two-semester sequence is as follows:
Three-Semester Credential Program Sequence
The three-semester program is for individuals who wish to take classes during evenings and Saturdays, with some required daytime involvement in elementary schools. Student teaching requires a full daytime commitment.
Combined Credential/Master’s Program
The Combined Credential/Master’s program is a full-time, 16-month program completed in four semesters, including summer. It includes online courses. Visit ed.fullerton.edu/edel for details.
A Multiple Subject Credential with a bilingual-bicultural (Spanish-English) emphasis is available. For more details, visit: ed.fullerton.edu/edel.
Admission Procedures and Criteria
Admission to the university does not include admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP). Students must apply for admission to the MSCP the semester prior to anticipated enrollment in the program. Check ed.fullerton.edu/edel for details and application procedures and deadline.
Applicants for admission into the Multiple Subject Credential Program are evaluated at several transition points measuring candidates’ progress toward meeting program outcomes as outlined in the College of Education’s conceptual framework. Specifically, these include knowledge (scholarship, breadth of understanding), skills (professional aptitude, physical and mental fitness) and dispositions (character). Evidence related to these criteria that is assessed at time of application can be found at: ed.fullerton.edu/edel.
Once admitted, continuation in the program is based on continuous and satisfactory progress as assessed at specific transition points throughout the program, including passage of the California Teaching Performance Assessments (TPA).
Application for Teaching Credentials
Upon completion of a multiple subject credential program the credential candidate must submit an application to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing through the CSUF credential analyst and verify passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA). The credential analyst is located in the Credential Preparation Center in College Park 740. Additional information on the credential application process is available in the Credential Preparation Center.