2042 Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program With an English Learner Authorization 

In California, the appropriate credential for teaching all subjects in a self-contained (K-12) classroom is the 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with English Learner Authorization. It is the credential typically sought by those who wish to teach in an elementary school (K-6). Candidates utilize Common Core and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop the skills necessary for planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management and assessment. The program is enhanced with a focus on the use of technology in the classroom and the development of 21st century skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Focused Inquiry: Examine classroom, school and the community contexts and use information to plan and design learning experiences.
  • Positive Learning Environment: Develop and utilize classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
  • Curriculum Design: Create learning experiences that make subject matter accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Instruction:  Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Assessment:  Utilize multiple methods of assessment to monitor student learning and inform instruction
  • Clinical Practice:  Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.


Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Official (sealed) transcripts indicating the Bachelor's degree conferred
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Forms (3)
  4. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs. Multiple Subject candidates may use the passage of the Multiple Subject CSET (all four subsets) in place of the CBEST.
  5. Providing evidence that they have registered for, have taken or have passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program. Single Subject candidates may submit verification of completion of a subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject matter to meet this requirement. (This is not a requirement for the Early Childhood Special Education Credential)
  6. Letter of Good Standing: Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in their program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.

Adding a Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Options to an Existing Credential Option:

Adding a mild/moderate or moderate/severe Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, 2009-2010 CTC Standards, to an existing Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, 2009-2010 CTC Standards.

Prerequisites: Valid Preliminary or Clear Education Specialist Credential, mild/moderate or moderate/severe with EL Authorization based on 2009 CTC Program Standards and an Autism Authorization. This program is not available to candidates who hold only a Level 1 credential.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

  • Applicants to a credential program must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants to the Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential program who are using an academic major or coursework for subject matter competency must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in their major field to be admitted
  • Applicants with GPAs between 2.50* and 2.74 can qualify for admission to a credential program by earning a passing score on one of the qualifying examinations listed below. A passing score will fulfill both the admission and the major grade point average requirements. Applicants may not enroll in any 500 level courses other than prerequisites, until successful completion of an entrance examination:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet credential program admissions standard. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
    • Subject Matter Competency Examinations: successfully pass all subtests of the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Exceptions are Foundational Level General Math where only subtests I and II are required and Foundational Level General Science where only subtests I and II are required.

Exceptional Admit:

Multiple and Single Subject, and Education Specialist applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 may, under certain conditions, petition for admission consideration under an “exceptional admit” category. Applicants must have passed the CBEST and one of the approved graduate admission examinations specified in number 6 above to be considered for an “exceptional admit”. The School of Education encourages applicants to take the appropriate Subject Matter Competency Examination as a way to demonstrate suitability for admission to a credential program. To petition for admission candidates must submit all required admission documents specified in #1 above and each of following:

  1. Petition for exceptional admission.
  2. Letter from the candidate specifying exceptional admission criteria and how those criteria have been met.
  3. Passing scores on CBEST and passing scores on one of the approved graduate admission exams listed above.
  4. Three current letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s ability to complete graduate coursework. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  5. A letter of support from the local campus education committee. The committee must have three members and must include one full-time faculty member.

Applicants who choose to enroll in these credential programs have the option of completing their programs in a "credential only" format, or, if they meet graduate degree admission criteria in a Master of Arts in Teaching format (please see MAT degree program for details).

*Students admitted to credential programs are not automatically admitted to Master's degree programs



EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 514 Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
EDUU 551* Educational Application of Computers Level One 3
PSYU 323 Child Development 3
Total Credits 9

* A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of both subtests of the CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of acceptable regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions).


Introductory Block

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 512 The Art and Craft of Teaching 3
Total Credits 9


Content Area Block

EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II 3
EDMU 523 History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K–8 Classrooms 3
EDMU 524 Teaching and Learning Math in K-8 Classrooms 3
EDMU 525 Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms 3
Total Credits 15


Clinical Practice

EDMU 582 Directed Teaching I  3
EDU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 2
EDMU 583 Directed Teaching II  3
EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 2
Total Credits 10


Total Credits (not including prerequisites) 34
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