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2023-2024 University Catalog 
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The Professional Teacher Preparation Program for the Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential Program

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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

Students are encouraged to attend a program overview during the junior and senior year. Overview schedules may be found at

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 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:

Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met and submitted before an application is considered complete.  Only complete files are reviewed for admission into the program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution 
  • Grade-point average of 2.75 in the last 60 semester units credential (combined 3.0)
  • Official transcripts from all the institutions attended 
  • Successful completion of: CAS 101 , CAS 312 , CAS 315 , CAS 325A , CAS 325B  or PSYC 361 ; EDEL 315  and EDEL 325 ; an approved Ethnic Studies course
  • Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be obtained by the time of application. A fingerprint background check form must be completed as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • JEIE Admission Statement 2-3 pages in length
  • Provide evidence of a recent TB test (within last four years)
  • Mandatory Overview Attendance
  • Program Application Fee  
  • Verification of Basic Skill Requirement (BSR)
  • Multiple Subject CSETs Exam (3 in total) 
  • Recommendations Forms from academic faculty
  • Pre-Program Field Experience Form 
  • CPR Training certification - Candidates must complete CPR Training offered by the American Heart Association (Heart Saver) or the American Red Cross. Training must cover infant, child and adult. Evidence of CPR training must be current (within 2 years). 
  • US Constitution 
  • Proficiency in oral and written English

Two-Semester Program (39 units)

The Multiple Subject Credential Program two-semester sequence is as follows:

Three-Semester Credential Program (39 units)

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 for details.

Bilingual Authorization

A Multiple Subject Credential with a bilingual-bicultural (Spanish-English) emphasis is available. For more details, visit:

Program Continuation

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.

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