The Multiple Subject Credential Program is primarily designed for persons who wish to teach elementary school children coming from diverse backgrounds. The Program includes foundational coursework in educational psychology, working with diverse populations, teaching English language learners, and teaching students with disabilities; a full complement of discipline-based methods courses; and two semesters of student teaching in elementary schools within the university’s service area.
It is a full-time
Review Information Session: All applicants are highly encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our website.
NOTE: Applicants must submit two applications to be considered for the program; one to the department and one to the university through Cal State Apply.
Review Application Checklist (below): Start early. We use a rolling admissions process and candidates with complete applications may receive early admissions.
Please note: Not all application checklist items will apply to your application option.
Applications close: April 1, 2019
Document deadline: April 15, 2019
Applications close: April 1, 2019
Document deadline: April 15, 2019
1. Department Application: Complete the online application.
2. University Application: Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $55 application fee (opens February 1, 2019).
3. Transcripts: You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 overall or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted and be in good academic standing. Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted in person or by mail to Graduate Admissions and the Credential Office at:
Office of Graduate Admissions
*Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Credential Student Service Center
*Only official bachelor
IMPORTANT! You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them to both offices separately. The university does not accept electronic copies of transcripts.
If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed
Please note: If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree at a school other than Cal State East Bay you will be required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar’s and one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded. Your bachelor's degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Foreign transcripts (if applicable) - Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf
4. Admissions Checklist: The Admissions Checklist needs to be submitted with your application, only once. You will need to sign and date the bottom.
5. Certificate of Clearance: Serves as evidence of having undergone the fingerprint, character and identification process required by the CTC: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl900.pdf. You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.
6. Basic Skills Requirement: Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English and shall have taken an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Applicants must submit proof of meeting the basic skills requirement in order to be scheduled for an interview. Proficiency is verified by submission of one of the following:
For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options, http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf.
7. Subject Matter Competency: The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought. Applicants must either A) submit proof of meeting the subject matter competency or B) submit proof of registration for the required exams or C) proof that your Subject Matter Waiver Letter is in
Note: Per CSU Executive Order 1077, the official subject matter waiver documentation must be from a CTC-approved subject matter program. A comparison and analysis of student transcripts from a non-CSU,
The CSETs can be quite challenging. About half of the applicants need to retake one or more subtests. Take them early and allow yourself time to retake them, if necessary. State Law requires that candidates possess subject matter competency as demonstrated by CSETs or Subject Matter Waiver prior to working with TK-12 students in field placements. Priority admission is given to applicants who have the CSETs passed prior to the document deadline. Conditional admitted candidates who fail to pass the CSETs prior to
8. Negative Tuberculosis (TB): Submit
The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first quarter in the program and is submitted to the University’s Student Health Center.
9. 45 hours of Early Field Experience: Documented field experience of at least 45 hours in a K-12 classroom or a documented field experience from the past three years. Pre-professional experience must be in a classroom or classroom-like setting with groups of children ages five (5) to eleven (11) for the multiple subject program.
*If you have taken TED 3001 at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of
10. U.S. Constitution: Demonstrated knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following
11. Statement of Purpose and Coversheet: The statement of purpose responds to both of the following questions in one word processed,
12. Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation that demonstrate suitable dispositions for teaching in public schools. Letters need to come from a person who has observed you teaching or working with groups of children in the age group you are pursuing your teaching credential. These observations must have been done within the last 3 years.
13. Program Interview: All program applicants are required to participate in a group interview with a College of Education faculty member. You will be notified to schedule this interview after you have submitted your application packet.
REMINDER: In order to be scheduled for an interview you must have submitted the following:
*Not all applicants are eligible for the Alternate Route to Certification (Intern Credential). In order to ensure a quality educational experience for California students the department's minimum requirements are 150 hours (documented) in a Pk-12 classroom at grade levels appropriate to your credential goal and your letters of recommendation must address your abilities to handle a classroom on your own. The department may take other factors into consideration but having an offer of employment from a district does not guarantee that the university will recommend an Intern Credential. The department reserves the right not to recommend an Intern Credential even if minimum requirements are met. Please note according to the regulations of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing an Intern Credential cannot be issued until summer classes are successfully completed with a "B" or better. Applicants interested in the Alternate Route to Certification may submit the Intern Approval Form with their university application.