A teacher with a Multiple Subject Credential is authorized to teach grades pre-K through 12 in self-contained classrooms. The Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) prepares students to be credentialed in the State of California for elementary and middle school instruction. The program allows for daytime field experiences in elementary classrooms and includes methodology courses and student teaching. The program can be completed in one summer and two semesters or three semesters, depending upon when prerequisites and corequisites are taken, when the student begins the program, and whether a part-time or full-time schedule is followed. Program requirements must be met within five years of the date of admission to the program.
The department has four Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) tracks:
For program information and advisement, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-1105) or visit the website at www.ced.csulb.edu/tpac.
Successful completion of the Multiple Subject Credential Program leads to the Preliminary Credential, which is valid for five years. Requirements for the Preliminary Credential are:
The Preliminary Credential is valid for five years from the date of issuance and is not renewable. During the first five years of teaching, teachers earn the clear credential through their District-Sponsered Induction Program.
Admission to the university and the MSCP are two separate processes. Applications to the university are on-line at CSU Mentor (www.csumentor.edu). Applications to the program are distributed at regularly scheduled program information meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations are available on the MSCP website. Matriculated students may be admitted to the program based on their current undergraduate or graduate status. Graduating seniors, transfer students, and returning students should apply for post-baccalaureate admission to the university with the objective of entering the credential program (identify your program objective as Multiple Subject Credential).
dmission to the university does not constitute admission to the program.
The MSCP is a 40 unit program separated into three successive phases. Students must complete each phase before advancing to the next one.
All candidates are required to comply with all program policies and procedures detailed in the MSCP Handbook, which is available for purchase at the Campus Copy Center located in the bookstore. Pre-program advisement and brochure materials are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67). Prospective candidates should obtain a program application by attending one of the regularly scheduled group advisement meetings. See schedule at www.ced.csulb.edu/mscp
1. Complete all prerequisite courses in one of the four MSCP tracks, with a minimum grade of “B” in EDEL 380. and no grade lower than a "C" in any other prerequisite or corequisite course.
2. Attain a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted.
3. Complete and pass an interview with department faculty.
4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
5. Submit a typed personal statement describing why you have chosen teaching as a career, what you hope to accomplish as a teacher, and how you view the role of the teacher.
6. Submit a negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray taken within the last three years. Tuberculosis clearance must be valid through student teaching.
7. Submit one photocopy of all university and/or college transcripts.
8. Submit proof of having taken the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Note: You must take all three parts of the test. (Passage of the exam is required to advance to student teaching.) For alternatives to CBEST contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.
9. Submit proof of having demonstrated subject matter competence by passing all three subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects)
10. Demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English by (1) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the reading portion of the CBEST and by (2) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the writing portion of the CBEST exam. (Passage of CBEST is required to advance to student teaching.)
11. Attach a copy of a Certificate of Clearance, or a photocopy of a California emergency/substitute teaching permit.
12. Demonstrate ability to communicate orally in English at the level required of public school teachers by demonstration of English production skills in the course EDEL 380 (EDEL 200 for ITEP candidates) and through an oral interview with department faculty. In the case of candidates for a Bilingual Emphasis Multiple Subject Credential, there is a bilingual interview requirement in English and the target language.
13. Demonstrate character and personality traits that satisfy the standards of the teaching profession and suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools through the application documentation, the personal interview, and performance in the course EDEL 380. Candidates must continue to demonstrate appropriate character and personality traits through completion of the program.
14. Submit the application packet, including documentation, by March 1 to begin pedagogy courses in summer or fall terms, and October 1 to begin pedagogy courses in winter or spring terms. THESE DEADLINES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
The final phase of the MSCP is student teaching. Student Teaching is a full-time five days per week experience for the length of the university semester, or half-time five days per week for two consecutive semesters for UTEACH program students. All student teachers have one placement in a K-2 classroom where they gain experience with early literacy instruction utilizing a balanced and comprehensive approach to reading. The other placement is in an intermediate classroom (grades 3-6) or in a middle school classroom (grades 6-8). One student teaching placement must be in a public school. A separate application is required to advance to student teaching. Applications for student teaching must be submitted in person to the Multiple Subject Student Teaching Office one semester prior to the first assignment. Application packets are distributed at the Student Teaching Application meetings. Dates, times and locations are announced in methods courses, are posted throughout the ED-1 and ED-2 buildings, and appear on the website at www.ced.csulb.edu/fpo well in advance of the actual meeting dates. Deadlines for submitting applications to student teach are:
Students should note that these deadlines are firm. Late applications are not accepted.
Advancement to Student Teaching Requirements
Students must meet the following requirements to advance to student teaching:
The Preliminary credential is the basic Multiple Subject Credential. This track is comprised of foundational and subject specific pedagogy course work followed by the student teaching semester.
Students must be officially admitted to the MSCP to take these courses. Courses may be taken off-campus at an elementary school site during daytime school hours, and at least one must be taken on-campus:
The Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis credential authorizes teachers to work in dual language classrooms or where a language other than English is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. With appropriate substitutions and/or additional course work, the BCLAD Emphasis may be added to the Preliminary credential. All BCLAD Emphasis candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the target culture, specific pedagogical skills, and fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. A BCLAD Certificate can be added to an existing credential by passing the appropriate CLAD and/or BCLAD exams.
The BCLAD Asian Languages Emphasis is part of a six campus CSU consortium offering BCLAD preparation and certification in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, or Vietnamese. Asian BCLAD courses are taken at CSULB and other area CSU participating campuses.
The BCLAD Emphasis in Spanish prepares students for teaching in dual language and English Language Development settings where Spanish is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. In addition to the Preliminary credential requirements, BCLAD Emphasis in Spanish requirements include teaching pedagogy and practicum in a second language, culture of emphasis (by coursework or examination) and fluency in Spanish (by examination). The program requires 43 units of course work plus culture and language of emphasis proficiency through additional course work and/or examination. See the Spanish BCLAD advisor for program information.
Same (4 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.
Same (15 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program, with the following differences:
Note 1: 150 documented hours as a teacher, assistant or volunteer in a multilingual setting is required in lieu of an off-campus daytime pedagogy course.
Note 2: It is recommended that EDEL 442 and 452B be taken concurrently.
These requirements (0-15 units) may be taken at any time, but must be completed before student teaching:
For undergraduates, the culture component for the Spanish BCLAD is fulfilled in the Liberal Studies Bilingual concentration. Students completing a non-Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree can meet this requirement by taking one of the following:
Take the following:
The appropriate CSET: LOTE Subtext III, Language Communication exam (speaking, listening, reading and writing) prior to completion of the program.
Recommended (12 units):
Complete all requirements for advancement to student teaching:
The BCLAD Emphasis in Asian Languages prepares students for teaching in dual language and English Language Development settings where Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Korean or Vietnamese is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. In addition to the Preliminary credential requirements, BCLAD Emphasis in Asian Languages requirements include teaching pedagogy and practicum in a second language, culture of emphasis (by coursework or examination) and fluency in the target language (by examination). The program requires 46 units of course work plus culture and proficiency in the target language (appropriate CSET: LOTE exam). See the Asian Languages BCLAD advisor for program information.
One for each language program (3 units):
One for each language program (3 units):
Note: Bilingual pedagogy and culture of emphasis courses may be taken before admission to the MSCP Program.
Met by passage of appropriate CSET LOTE Exam.
See program advisor for recommended courses as preparation for the exam.
Take all requirements for advancement to student teaching:
The intern program is for full-time teachers in districts with which CSULB has a contractual intern agreement. All students in this program must be employed by the district as the full-time teacher of record in a multiple subject classroom and have met all program and intern program admission requirements. The program requires 24 units of foundational and subject specific course work followed by 16 units of intern student teaching.
Note: Interns must attend a Student Teaching Application Meeting and apply to student teach by the October 1 deadline for spring and the March 1 deadline for summer and fall.
BCLAD Interns should refer to Track Two, above, for additional BCLAD Emphasis requirements.
The Early Completion Intern Option allows qualified candidates to challenge the course work portion of the internship program and demonstrate their pedagogical skills by passage of the California Teaching Performance Assessment while serving as an intern. See an advisor in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center for details.
For the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) requirements, please refer to the Liberal Studies section of this catalog.
Appeals to program decisions or requests for policy waivers are made by filing a written appeal to the Department of Teacher Education Admissions and Standards Committee. The committee reviews the written petition and supporting documentation and renders a decision. Examples of petitions typically reviewed are: waive a deadline for submission of a test score, waive an application deadline, and readmission to student teaching. Decisions of the committee are final. Students follow university policy to appeal a course final grade.
This certificate is granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
The Reading Certificate provides classroom teachers with advanced preparation in reading/language arts assessment and instruction, as well as theory and research in teaching reading, grades K-12. Some candidates may wish to complete the 12-unit Reading Certificate program as a terminal objective, while others may wish to complete it as a prerequisite to the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential Program.
Before completion of requirements for the Reading Certificate, the candidate must provide verification of three years of full-time teaching experience in any grades preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit.
The Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential prepares teachers to become school and district literacy leaders and supervisors. The reading/language specialist’s role is multifaceted, including diagnostician, teacher of intervention for children or youth with delayed literacy development, collaborator with other school and district specialists, provider of professional development for classroom teachers, and reading program coordinator or facilitator. Note: All courses required for the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential can be applied to the MA in Reading/Language Arts. See catalog program description and the faculty advisor in the Department of Teacher Education for more information.