Elementary School Teaching Credential (Multiple Subject Credential Program)


Multiple Subject Program

Multiple Subject Credential Program

The Multiple Subject Credential Program is housed in both the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Literacy Early Bilingual and Special Education (LEBSE).

Program Description

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development offers the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. Holders of Multiple Subject Credentials are authorized to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse self-contained classrooms commonly found in elementary schools.

Career Opportunities

A Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential provides authorization to teach in a self-contained classroom for a maximum time period of five years. Preliminary credentials are cleared through a district led induction process.

Requirements for Initial Admission

  1. Provide evidence of successful completion of an appropriate pre-program field (45 hours) experience or EHD 50, Introduction to Teaching.
  2.  Complete an application to the credential program. Required application timelines and materials and forms are available online at https://kremen.fresnostate.edu/. All admission requirements (forms, documents, prerequisites) must be completed prior to enrollment in professional program courses.
  3.  Provide evidence of having taken all three sections of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) with passing scores. Verification of a minimum score of 41 is required when passing only the reading and writing sections.
  4. Provide evidence of having taken and passed all three sections of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) – Multiple Subject or California Commissionon Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
    approved Subject Matter Proficiency Program.
  5.  Verify application for admission to California State University, Fresno with a Receipt of Application or admission with a current enrollment transcript.
  6. Provide a complete verification of a  cumulative GPA of 2.67 or 2.75 on the last 60 units.
  7. Complete an Admission Interview Form and complete an interview with a Multiple Subject credential faculty member. Interviews may be scheduled by calling 559.278.0250.
  8. Obtain a medical clearance at the University Health Center or from a private physician.
  9. Obtain two letters of recommendation written by instructors, supervisors, or other individuals in a position to recommend for admission into a teacher education program.
  10. Obtain appropriate clearance to teach in a public school by presenting a valid California Teaching Credential or applying for a Character and Identification Clearance.

Program Completion Requirements
(University and State Credentialing)

1. Successful completion of a core of profession education courses, dispositional assessments, and all performance assessment tasks associated with the Fresno Assessment of Student Teachers (FAST).

Professional Preparation
The courses have been sequenced by phases to provide a cohesive program. Teacher candidates must complete all courses in a phase before moving to the next phase.

Phase 1   
LEE 158 (3 units)
LEE 159 (3 units)
LEE 160 (3 units)
CI 161 (3 units)
CI 162 (3 units)

Phase 2
CI 175 (3 units)
CI 176 (3 units)
LEE 166 (3 units)
LEE 167 (3 units)
EHD 178 (2 units)

Phase 3
SPED 179 (3 units)
EHD 170 (9 units)
EHD 170A (2 units)
Total  (38 units)

Note: Teacher candidates must earn a GPA of 3.0 with a C or better, or a CR (Credit), on all professional preparation courses to be recommended for the credential.

2.     Demonstration of subject matter proficiency by passing the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) through a CTC approved Subject Matter Proficiency Program. Passing scores on the CSET. Passing scores on the CSET are valid for five (10) years.

3.    Complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

4.    Provisions and Principles of the U.S. Constitution. Completion of a course (two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution or passage of examination in the subject given by a regionally accredited junior college, college, or university or verification of meeting the interstate agreement requirement.

5.    Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).

6.    Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). (All sections)

7.    Verify completion of CPR training.

Requirements for the Preliminary and Professional (clear) Credentials can change, and subject matter tests can be revised. For an update or other information, contact the Certification and Graduate Programs Office in ED 151 at 559.278.0299.

Time Restrictions. Courses required for preliminary credentials must be completed no more than 10 years prior to credential application. A preliminary credential provides authorization to teach for a maximum of five years. Requirements for completing the Professional (Clear) Multiple Subject Credential will be provided by the employing school district.



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