Program Overview

This program specifically prepares teachers for the diversity of languages and cultures often encountered in California’s public school classrooms. It prepares candidates to address the needs of students who speak English as a native language and/or as a second language in the elementary school setting. An underlying principle of the program is the belief that all children (regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, ability or economic status) are capable of learning and educators can make a difference in their lives. Emphasis is placed on the K-8 student as actively engaged in his/her learning.

Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Program Highlights

  • Co-Teaching model available
  • Intern option available
  • Full and part-time option available
  • Admission applications are accepted for Fall and Spring

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed, with a grade of “C” or better, or in progress at the time that you apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.

  • ENGL 475: Language in Social Context (3 units)
  • EDUC 412: (EDUC 512) Equity, Diversity and Foundations of Schooling (3 units)
  • SPED 345: Individuals with Disabilities (3 units)
  • EDUC 422: (EDUC 522) Creating and Managing Effective Elementary School Learning Environments (5 units)
  • EDMS 410: (EDUC 510) Child Growth and Development during the Elementary School Year (3 units)

The course prefix and number prior to Fall 2017 appear in parentheses.

Bilingual Authorization Prerequisite Courses

For a Bilingual Authorization, the following prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the prerequisite courses listed above. They must be successfully completed, with a grade of "C" or better, or in progress at the time you apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program

  • HIST 361: Modern Latin American History (3 units) - only offered spring semester
  • EDML 417: (EDML 617) The Socio-cultural Context of Bilingual Schooling (3 units) - only offered spring semester
  • AND EITHER:
    • CHS 350: Chicana/o History and Culture (HIST) (3 units) OR
    • EDUC 445: Chicano Child and Adolescent (4 units)

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students who wish to complete the Bilingual Authorization Emphasis in Spanish must pass the language assessment exam (CSET: Spanish III) prior to applying for the Credential Program. For test dates and other test information, please visit the CTC Exams website.

Important Information

Program Course Outline (PDF, 109 KB)
Admission Requirements

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Program Coordinator


Dr. Manuel Correia