Multiple Subject Credential

Basic Teaching Credentials

The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the student's best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.

Requirements (48 units)

Students must apply to the program via CSU Mentor. In preparation for admission to the basic credential program, students must attend an orientation session scheduled through the Teacher Education Office, CE-102. At this orientation, students will be assigned an education advisor and receive instructions for completing their Program Admission Files (PAF). For admission to the program, students must have successfully completed the prerequisite courses and successfully completed or be currently enrolled in the pre/corequisite courses.

Admission to the Program

Students must submit a Program Admission File (PAF) to the Credentials Office, (CE-102) at least one quarter prior to enrolling in credential courses.

Students are advised to complete the required California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Students must provide verification of passing scores on this exam when they apply for admission to supervision.

Admission to the basic credential program as part of the PAF is based on the following criteria and conditions:

  1. Completion of an application form;
  2. Written verification of a passing score on the CSET examination (credential must be completed within five years of passing the CSET examination;)
  3. Two written recommendations by persons who can address scholastic performance and suitability for teaching;
  4. Present a written, personal narrative to the assigned education advisor, complete the teacher education interview and obtain the signature of the advisor. The following criteria are used to assess the interview: oral and written English language usage, professional aptitude, personality and character;
  5. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years;
  6. Academic achievement, verified through transcripts:
    1. Applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate course work or at least 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted,
    2. Applicants must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in professional education course work, with no course grade in this area lower than "B-."
      No candidate may be recommended for the credential who has received a grade of lower than "C" (2.0) in any non-education course required for the credential, such as the prerequisite courses. In the case of a repeated class, only the highest grade the student has received will be considered for the purpose of this requirement;
  7. Documentation of 45 hours of experience in K-12 classrooms; (Information about this requirement is available in the Handbook for the Multiple Subject Credential Programs.)
  8. Submission of an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;
  9. Completion of a community college or university computer course or an on-line technology skills assessment;
  10. Written verification that the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) has been taken or passing score on CBEST;
  11. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses:
    ENG 311The English Language4
    EELB 301Growth and Development in Socio-Educational Contexts4-6
    or HD 240 Introduction to Child Development
  12. Satisfactory completion of or current enrollment in:
HSCI 100Concepts in Health2
ESPE 350Introduction to Special Populations for General Education Teachers4
or PSYC 350 Development of Exceptional Children

Admission to Supervised Student Teaching

One quarter in advance of the time students intend to enroll in supervised student teaching (EELB 540A), they must submit an application for supervision. This application is due by Friday of the third week of the quarter prior to enrolling in supervised student teaching. (No applications are accepted in the summer quarter.)

Admission to supervised student teaching is based on the following criteria and conditions:

  1. Completion of an application form;
  2. Verification that the applicant has passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
  3. Satisfactory completion of HSCI 100 and either PSYC 350 or ESPE 350 and Phase I coursework (, EELB 313, EELB 315, EELB 317, EELB 510 and EELB 520B) with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and no course grade lower than "B-" and no non-education course grade lower than a "C" (2.0);
  4. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years;
  5. Completion of the upper-division writing requirement at this university, or the equivalent graduation requirement at another accredited institution, or a passing score on the CSUSB Writing Requirement Exemption Evaluation (WREE), or a passing score on the written portion of the CBEST. (CBEST examination does not meet the graduate entrance writing requirement for the Master of Arts degree.)

All course work taken at another college more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the director of the Multiple Subject Program. No more than 14 units of the credential program may be transferred. Student teaching is never transferable.

Each applicant is reviewed in terms of all of the above criteria and conditions and must be at least of senior standing. Student teaching for the credential is a full-time assignment for one quarter each of EELB 520A (and EELB 422, EELB 423, EELB 425, and EELB 520C) and EELB 520B (and EELB 532, EELB 533 and EELB 520D). No concurrent course work should be taken beyond the required elementary education courses without permission of the program director.

Students who fail to complete the following courses  will be denied continuation in the program. An appeal process is available. Consult the program director for details.

EELB 422Classroom Organization, Management and Discipline2
EELB 423Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy4
EELB 425Literacy and Second Language Acquisition for the Intermediate Reader and Beyond3
EELB 520ATeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Subject Specific Pedagogy Task 11
EELB 532Science/Health Curriculum and Pedagogy4
EELB 533Social Studies and the Arts Curriculum Pedagogy4
EELB 520DTeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Culminating Teaching Experience Task 41
EELB 540ASupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject I6
EELB 540BSupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject II6
Program prerequisites (10)
Students entering the program must have successfully completed:
ENG 311The English Language4
EELB 301Growth and Development in Socio-Educational Contexts (and a concurrent observation course)6
or HD 240 Introduction to Child Development
Program prerequisites or corequisites (6)
Students entering the program must have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in:
HSCI 100Concepts in Health2
ESPE 350Introduction to Special Populations for General Education Teachers4
or PSYC 350 Development of Exceptional Children

Credential Requirements (48 units)

Completion of the following course work with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") with no course grade lower than "B-."

Phase I (16)
EELB 313Pedagogical Foundations for English Language Learners4
EELB 315Reading/Language Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy3
EELB 317Educational Psychologyfor a Diverse Society4
EELB 510Culture and Schooling in Multiple Subject Setting4
EELB 520BTeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Designing Instruction Task 21
Phase II (16)
First quarter of student teaching
EELB 422Classroom Organization, Management and Discipline2
EELB 423Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy4
EELB 425Literacy and Second Language Acquisition for the Intermediate Reader and Beyond3
EELB 520CTeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Assessing Student Learning Task 31
EELB 540ASupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject I6
Phase III (16)
Second quarter of student teaching
EELB 520ATeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Subject Specific Pedagogy Task 11
EELB 520DTeaching Performance Assessment Seminar: Culminating Teaching Experience Task 41
EELB 532Science/Health Curriculum and Pedagogy4
EELB 533Social Studies and the Arts Curriculum Pedagogy4
EELB 540BSupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject II6
Total Units48

Additional Requirements

Students must successfully complete:

  1. One of the following to fulfill the United States Constitution requirement (or successful completion of an examination administered through the College of Extended Learning):
    HIST 146American Civilization4
    HIST 200United States History to 18774
    HIST 540Constitutional History of the United States4
    PSCI 203American Government4
    PSCI 410American Constitutional Law4
    PSCI 411The Bill of Rights4
  2. The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam with a passing score;
  3. The teacher performance assessment with a passing score.

Upon successfully completing the program and additional requirements above, candidates are eligible to apply for the preliminary credential.

Requirements for the Professional Clear Credential may be obtained from the employing school district.

Note: Students must consult the current information sheet for this credential in the Teacher Education Office, CE-102. In addition, students may be eligible for SB 57 Early Completion Internship Option. See information in the Teacher Education Office.