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Multiple Subject & Dual Credential Programs

The Multiple Subject credential program at Fresno State is for students who want to become kindergarten or elementary school teachers, K-8. Our nationally accredited and award-winning program prepares candidates to teach elementary school in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

The Dual credential program  allows you to earn your Multiple Subject and Education Specialist (Special Education) credential simultaneously. The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities (grades TK-age 22) in public or private school programs, clinics, special schools, resource classrooms, educational programs, residential facilities, hospitals, and other agencies serving persons with disabilities. Some of the courses are required for both credentials but field placements are unique.

Program Options

BA in Liberal Studies 

Start your credential program during your undergraduate degree.

Bilingual Authorization - Spanish or Hmong

Develop specialized strategies for working with English Language Learners while in your Multiple Subject Credential program.

Program Pathways


Daytime programs that use district facilities for university coursework and field experiences. Teacher candidates move through the program as a cohort with courses and clinical experiences "blocked" together for each of the three phases of the program. Partnerships allow candidates to experience the culture of a school and the cycle of the school year.


Similar to a Partnership but also includes district professional development, guaranteed employment upon successful program completion and other special perks. To find out more about the difference between residency cohorts and other cohorts, check out our video.

  • Clovis Residency: focused on Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices (CLSP)     
            Contact: Michael Mahoney:
  • Fresno Teacher Residency: focused on STEM preparation
            Contact: Steven Hart:
            Fresno Website
  • Madera Residency: focused on Dual Language Instruction
            Contact: Luz Herrera:
            Madera Website
  • Sanger Residency: focused on Universal Design for Learning
            Contact: Kimberly Coy:
            Sanger Website