Multiple Subject Credential

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A Multiple Subject Program is housed under Literacy Studies & Elementary Education (LSEE) and it prepares aspiring teachers to play a vital role in California public schools. We believe learning to teach requires building a professional knowledge-based honed by practice in varied classroom settings. Thus, we integrate course work and student teaching throughout the entire program and University faculty collaborate with our public school partners in supporting our teacher candidates. Upon completing the program, you will have breadth and depth of knowledge about teaching and learning, a repertoire of practices to support effective and engaging instruction, and a capacity to make informed decisions in diverse setting. 

For more information, see the student handbook or contact an advisor for questions.

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Program Overview 

A Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom at the pre-school through grade 12 and adults. A self-contained classroom is one in which a variety of subjects are taught to the same group of students by the same teacher. Elementary teachers are almost always Multiple Subject teachers. Middle School may hire Multiple Subject teachers or Single Subject teacher depending on the way the configure courses and teaching responsibilities. This program is a two or three semester program with additional prerequisites required.

Prerequisite Courses (6 units) 

The prerequisites are offered every semester and must be taken prior to admissions unless student is in a preapproved SSU undergraduate program.

  • EDSS 417 (Formerly EDUC 417) (3 units) School & Society 
  • EDMS 419 (3 units) Identity and Agency for Socially Just Classrooms and Communities

Course Substitutions

If you wish to use an alternative courses as a prerequisite, you will need to complete the Request for Substitution form and submit to the School of Education.  One form is required per SSU course.  Transcripts and course descriptions must accompany this form. List for alternative courses can be found on the Prerequisite page

Program Courses (40 units) 

Phase I (20 units) 

  • EDMS 476S (2 units)-Multiple Subject Phase I Seminar: Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, PE & Health Ed., Technology, Special Ed
  • EDMS 463 (3-4 units)*-Teaching Literacy and Language in Elementary School (TK-2) OR
  • EDMS 464 (4 units)-Teaching Literacy and Language in the Elementary School (3-6)
  • EDMS 474 (3-4 units)*-Teaching Math in the Elementary School
  • EDMS 475 (3-4 units)*-Teaching Science and the Arts in the Elementary School.
  • EDSP 430 (3 units)-Introduction to Special Education.
  • EDMS 482P (3 units)- Part Time Student Teaching (2 days per week)

* Variable unit courses accommodate candidates in other credential programs. 

Phase 2 (20 units)

  • EDMS 463 (3-4 units)*-Teaching Literacy and Language in Elementary School (TK-2) OR
  • EDMS 464 (4 units)-Teaching Literacy and Language in the Elementary School (3-6)
  • EDMS 471 (4 units)-Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • EDMS 482S (2 units)-Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDMS 482F (10 units)- Full Time Student Teaching (4.5 days per week)

* Variable unit course accommodates candidates in other credential programs.

Student Teacher Field Placements 

Part-time and Full-time Student Teaching — the two components of supervised fieldwork in Multiple Subject Credential Program — occur in Phase 1 and in Phase 2 respectively. These field experiences take place in schools selected as SSU/public school CORE collaboration sites. During both field experiences credential candidates are supervised by SSU faculty members and Mentor Teachers (district-employed supervisor) .  For more information regarding placement, visit the Student Teacher Field Placement page. 

Teacher Performance Assessment 

A teaching performance assessment (CalTPA) is required for all those seeking a multiple subject teaching credential.  This assessment is comprised of a teaching event that is an extended documentation of a segment of student teaching.  It is the capstone performance assessment that integrates learning throughout the teacher education program.  It includes lessons that are video-recorded and analyzed by the student teacher.  It is structured in sections that focus on contexts for learning, students as learners, planning, teaching, assessing, academic language, and reflecting on teaching.  A subject matter expert scores the two cycles. The submissions are supported in Phase 2 of the program.  All students must pass their CalTPA to be recommended for a teaching credential.