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Teaching Credential, 2042 Multiple Subject

The California 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes you to teach the variety of subjects that fuel learning in an elementary school classroom. Plus, our Internship Pathway Campaign allows you to become intern eligible after just four classes!

Foster a Love of Learning as an Elementary School Teacher

This California teaching credential opens the door to your future as an elementary school teacher. Multiple subject credential coursework that meets Common Core standards will prepare you to teach everything from English to visual arts every day to your young learners. During your first term, you’ll build your foundation with two introductory teaching courses. Then you’ll move into courses focused on teaching and learning in your various subject areas. After your first four courses, you’ll be intern eligible, enabling you to start teaching, earning a salary while completing your credential in as little as 10 months.
  • Wide-Ranging Subject Matter - This Multiple Subject Teaching Credential covers teaching strategies in these subject areas: English/language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history and social science, human development, physical education, and health.
  • CTC-Accredited Credential - Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teaching Performance Expectations and other state standards.
  • Curriculum Design, Classroom Management - You’ll use California content standards to learn to design engaging elementary education lessons, to understand and differentiate instruction for varying needs, and to assess student progress.

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    Hawani Negussie is an amazing professor. I have learned so much from her and she truly supports her students in every way possible. Although my program was entirely online, I feel that I got to bond with a few of my peers and truly have enjoyed the experience.
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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    California Only

    Successful completion of this program leads to state licensure, which is limited to the state of California and approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

    Letter of Good Standing

    Applicants transferring from another institution's teaching credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

    Subject Matter Verification

    Subject matter competency must be fulfilled to qualify for enrollment in student teaching or internship. Candidates must sign an intent to satisfy the subject matter competency requirement through one of the following: CSET exam; subject matter preparation program; approved coursework aligned with subject matter domains; or approved academic degree.


    Multiple Subject Credential Curriculum

    In the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program at UMass Global, students can complete their credential in just 10 months with 33 required credits. The curriculum offers comprehensive support, including an embedded course to assist candidates with meeting all state credential requirements. With two pathways available—internship and student teaching—students initially enroll in the internship pathway, but can switch to student teaching if desired or if internship requirements aren't met. It's important to note that internship placement is contingent upon securing a paid position, as it's not guaranteed. The curriculum is designed to provide a robust foundation in education, preparing candidates for successful careers in teaching while offering flexibility to accommodate individual pathways and circumstances.
    • Code Course Name Credits
      Introductory Block


      EDUU 510*  Introduction to Teaching


      EDUU 511*  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 512*  The Art & Craft of Teaching


      Content Area Block


      EDMU 520*  Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I


      *Candidates may be eligible for internships after completing the above 4 courses


      EDMU 521  Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II


      EDMU 523  History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms


      EDMU 524  Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms


      EDMU 525  Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms


      Subtotal 24
    • Code Course Name Credits
      Student Teaching


      EDMU 563 Initial Student Teaching - Multiple Subject


      EDMU 564 Final Student Teaching - Multiple Subject




      EDMU 561 Initial Intern Clinical Practice - Multiple Subject


      EDMU 562 Final Intern Clinical Practice - Multiple Subject


      *Additional Internship Requirements


      EDUU 588 Intern Continued Supervision


       Total Credits   33


      *Interns that have completed Initial and Final Clinical Practice but have not satisfied all requirements for the credential must be continuously enrolled in EDUU 588, Intern Continued Supervision, and maintain a 3.0 GPA until requirements are completed. EDUU 588 is a 0-credit course which requires a $250 fee for each session a candidate is enrolled in.

      Interns enrolled in EDUU 588 who complete their program requirements are encouraged to apply for the preliminary teacher credential as soon as they fulfill all requirements. Candidates do not need to wait until the end of EDUU 588 to start the application process.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    What are the requirements to earn a 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California and to then start teaching?

    Earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California requires fulfilling several important criteria to ensure you’re well-prepared to teach in an elementary school. Here's a summary of the key requirements:

    1. Bachelor's Degree: You start with a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. At UMass Global, we offer the perfect degree for future elementary school teachers — a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching.

    2. Teacher Preparation Program: Next, is the completion of a Commission-approved 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program. At UMass Global, students can complete their credential in 10 months.

    3. Basic Skills: The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or an equivalent exam will ensure your proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics.

    4. Subject Matter Competency: Next, students need to demonstrate their proficiency in the multiple areas of subject matter covered in elementary school. This can come from your bachelor’s degree or a subject matter prep program, or by obtaining a passing score on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

    5. Understanding the U.S. Constitution: You must prove a certain level of knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, which can be fulfilled through coursework or passing an examination.

    6. Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA): This assessment ensures you are equipped to teach reading to your students.

    7. Child Development and Learning of English Learners: This includes the principles of child development as well as the methods of delivering comprehensive instruction to English learners. This is covered in the UMass Global Multiple Subject Teaching Credential coursework.

    8. Fingerprinting and Background Check: You will need to undergo a criminal background check through fingerprinting, processed by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    9. Health Clearance: A negative tuberculosis test, conducted within 60 days prior to application, is required.

    10. Application and Fees: Submission of the necessary application forms and fees to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

    Do I have to be licensed to teach in California public schools?

    Yes. Elementary and secondary public school teachers must be certified by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to qualify to be employed in a California public school. UMass Global teacher credential programs are all accredited by the CTC.

    Is it better to have a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential?

    "Better" is a relative term, depending on your teaching goals and personal interests. With a Single Subject Credential, you’ll teach that subject to different classes throughout the day in middle or high school. You can delve more deeply into the subject and ignite interest in it in your students.

    Elementary school teachers work through a variety of subjects with their class that stays with them through the entire school day. The Multiple Subject Credential validates teaching the various subjects covered in elementary school, preparing you to provide a wide-ranging educational menu every day. Unless you have no interest in teaching younger students, a Multiple Subject Credential could provide a more varied daily classroom experience than a Single Subject Credential.

    How long does it take to earn a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California?

    How quickly a person can earn their 2042 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential depends, of course, on how many courses are taken at a time. Most students can count on earning their credential in 12-14 months, but it can be earned more quickly.

    At UMass Global, it is possible for students to earn their credential in 10 months. A total of 33 credits are required — 24 credits (8 courses) of introductory block and content area block courses, along with two 4.5 credit internship or student teaching sections.

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