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. NOTE: You need to apply to and be accepted to both the Department and the University to be accepted to the program. Review the Credential Application Requirements listed below and start early Summer 2022 Application Dates.

The program is a full-time one-year cohort-based program and only accepts candidates for June admissions. Candidates begin a full load of classes in June of the summer term.  During the fall and spring semesters, candidates are in fieldwork placement five days a week and generally have classes two to three evenings per week. A rolling admissions process is used and candidates with complete applications may receive early admissions.

The department also offers an alternate route to certification: Intern Program*. The application process is the same for both the Traditional and Intern programs. Application and acceptance into the Intern* program occur after program acceptance, and usually, after summer classes have started. The year-long schedule is the same for both options. 

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to submitting an application. The schedule for Information Sessions can be found on our outreach.

Application Dates for Summer 2022

Department Applications
(Traditional & Alternate Route)

Applications open: January 3, 2022

Applications close: April 1, 2022

Document Deadline: April 1, 2022

University Application
(Cal State Apply)

Applications open: February 1, 2022

Applications close: April 1, 2022

How to Apply


 Please note: Not all application checklist items may apply to your application option. 

Credential Application Requirements

Complete the online Department Application with uploaded required documents and the $25 non-refundable application fee receipt. Please be sure to check the Save my progress and resume later box at the top of the application, so that you can update your application before it is submitted.

Once you start the Department Application and save your progress, your application will be in our system for review. If you submitted your Department Application without the required documents, it is incomplete. Please name and upload all documents and screenshots as saved PDFs.

The Admissions Checklist needs to be submitted with your application, only once. It will need to be signed and dated. You can leave the items blank that are either suspended or not required at the time of this application.

The statement of purpose should respond to both of the following questions in a typed double spaced 300+ word essay:

  • Why do you want to work with groups of children between the ages of five (5) to eleven (11)?
  • How does your background and/or experience inform your decision to pursue a license that authorizes you to work with socially, culturally, and economically diverse groups of children in California?
  • Statement of Purpose Coversheet for Teaching Credential Programs

Provide two letters of recommendation that demonstrate a suitable disposition for teaching in public schools. Academic or Professional letters of recommendation are acceptable for Summer 2022 entry if you were not able to complete Early Field Experience. Letters should come from people who have observed your 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.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation on official letterhead, signed, and dated, with email and phone number contact information If the letterhead is not available, include a copy of the business card or school id card.
  • Signed letters should be sent to you to be uploaded to your Department application.
  • The letters should come from the same individuals that have observed your early field experience. The letters must be related to your experience working with groups of children related to the credential sought. The individual writing the letter should be the teacher of record, not a student-teacher.
  • Academic and/or professional letters of recommendation are acceptable for Summer 2022.
Under the COVID-19 waivers from the Governor, CTC, and CSU, the following will be accepted as letters of recommendation. Please note that letters should address the applicant's abilities and readiness to work with students whose ages are applicable to the credential program (e.g., elementary-age children for Multiple Subject). If possible, letters should reflect experience from within the last three (3) years. It is preferred that at least one of the letters be from the first three categories below.
  1. A letter from an education professional in a pk-12 school
  2. A letter from any individual who has observed the applicant working with children/youth in any setting (except for religious education)
  3. A letter from an individual who can address the applicant's ability to work with children/youth
  4. A letter from an individual who has observed the applicant applying skills (e.g., organization, leadership. communication) that are appropriate to an educational setting
  5. An academic letter of recommendation

Please note: The Chancellor’s Office of the CSU has temporarily suspended the 45 hours of documented field experience in a K-12 classroom as an admission requirement for Summer 2022. If you have completed some or all of these hours to date, please go ahead and submit the hours you have completed.

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 (5 or more) of children ages five (5) to eleven (11) for the multiple subject program.

  • At least 15 hours must be in a California public school classroom setting within the last two years. An acceptable public school experience includes work as a substitute teacher, para-educator, instructional aide, or classroom volunteer. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • The remaining 30 of the 45 hours minimum must have been satisfied within the last three years. These hours may be completed in public or private school settings; in community-based venues such as the YMCA, park recreation center, or in a structured summer camp, after-school, or other formally organized programs. Faith-based instruction is not acceptable.
  • Submit Early Field Experience Verification Form. Use as many forms as needed to verify the total hours, merged into one document to upload to the application.
If you have taken TED 3001 (TED 301) at CSUEB, this course will cover 15 hours of the public school experience. To show proof, you will need to submit an unofficial transcript from your MyCSUEB and circle the class so we can see that you received credit.
Must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60-semester or 90-quarter units of baccalaureate work only. If GPA is below the minimum required, you must complete a "Petition to Waive GPA Requirement" form. You will be required to complete the form after your file has been reviewed and we have determined your GPA is below the minimum. The form will be emailed to you.


Complete the online application at Cal State Apply Summer 2022.  There is a $70 application fee. Applications will be open from February 1, 2022 through April 1, 2022. For the optimum experience, we recommend using the most current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The application is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

Be sure to save a copy of the confirmation page, you will be required to upload to the department application. For more information on how to apply to the University, visit How to Apply  

If you are not seeing the credential program you are applying for you will need to check your profle. Go to Extended Profile (top right). Set Degree Goal to "Second Bachelors Degree and Beyond and Teaching and Service Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, Special Education)."

Then click on "Add Program" and select "Multiple Subject Credential."

Application Transcript Requirement

*Official transcripts are required directly from ALL colleges/universities attended. The Office of Admissions does not accept composite transcripts. Courses that appear on one transcript but taken at another institution will need to have transcripts sent from that original institution.  

Do not submit transcripts until you have submitted your University Application. HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS

Order official transcripts from all schools attended to be sent electronically to Cal State East Bay Admissions or, if an email address is requested.

If currently a Cal State East Bay student or a Cal State East Bay graduate, transcripts may not need to be submitted unless you have completed post-baccalaureate coursework at another institution.

Please note: If you are in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree at a school other than Cal State East Bay you must submit an official transcript showing coursework in progress for Spring, and you are required to provide a certificate of completion from your university’s registrar 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):

For your University Application: Contact the International Admissions Office

For your Department Application: Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION


Submit a legible copy of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test results done by a healthcare provider that includes the date taken and date read and your full name on it from within the past two years. A TB Risk Assessment is not acceptable and does not meet the requirement.

  • You must maintain current TB test results throughout your entire program. If your results expire during the program, you will need to retake the test. TB skin and blood tests are valid for 3 years and chest x-rays are valid for 5 years.
  • You may also be required to have more recent results for the fieldwork site.

The TB requirement is separate from the CSUEB “Immunization Requirement” which is due by the end of your first semester in the program and is submitted to the University’s Student Health Center.

Serves as evidence of having undergone the fingerprint, character, and identification process required by the CTC. You must obtain a Certificate of Clearance or hold a valid CTC issued document in order to be accepted to a credential program.

Examples of CTC documents include, but are not limited to: Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permits, Short-Term Staff Permits, Child Development Permits, and other CTC documents for which a fingerprint clearance is required for issuance.

The Certificate of Clearance is a two part process.

  1. Print the Live Scan form and take to a location offering Live Scan services to have your fingerprints rolled or scanned.
  2. Go to and apply for the Certificate of Clearance. For more details, visit Certificate of Clearance process.

Submit the Certificate of Clearance document from the CTC website that displays the document name, issuance date, and expiration date. Document must remain valid while in the program. Do not submit the LiveScan form.

Please note that the school you are placed at for student teaching may require additional fingerprinting.

Basic Skills Requirement: to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. You need to meet one of the options that have been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).  BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.

Please read Coded Correspondence 21-05 that the CTC has published regarding the new changes. It does not indicate that CBEST is no longer required, it states that AB (Assembly Bill) 130 provides the "Availablity of New Options to Meet the Basic Skills Requirement."

Some options are:

  1. Passage of the CBEST exam. Submit a copy of the official California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) card or full score report with the barcode displayed. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. Information about the CBEST can be found at
  2. Passage of CSET: Multiple Subjects CSETs and CSET Writing Skills (Multiple Subject applicants only)
  3. CTC approved Out-of-State Basic Skills Exams
  4. Passing the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
  5. SAT or ACT
  6. Coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics 
  7. Combination of coursework and CBEST exam

For more information about the BSR requirements listed above see: BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.

You will need to submit a REQUEST FOR BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT EVALUATION form with your Department Application. 

**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST). For candidates who entered the program in Academic Years 2020-2021, they were waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion.  Please check back on our website for updates.

The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought. 

Please read Coded Correspondence 21-05 that the CTC has published regarding the new changes. It does not indicate that CSETs are no longer required, it states that AB (Assembly Bill) 130 provides the "Availablity of New Options to Meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement."

Subject matter competency can be verified with one of the following options:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): passing scores on the CSET: Multiple Subjects: Subtests 101, 102 (or 214), 103

  • Detailed information regarding the CSET can be found at Here you will find information regarding how to register for the test. Information regarding the tests format, content, practice questions, and a full practice test
    It is important to note that CSET scores have a validity period of ten years. If you do not qualify and apply for your credential within that time frame, you will need to retake the exam
  • Subject Matter Waiver Letter from a Subject Matter Preparation Program or letter that the program is in process.
    • Successful completion of coursework, as verified by Commission-approved program of professional preparation that addresses each of the Commission-adopted domains of the applicable subject matter requirements
    • Successful completion of an academic major in the subject they wish to teach
    • A combination of coursework and exams options that meet or exceed the domains of subject matter requirements.
  • Transcripts will not be evaluated for Subject Matter Competency until you apply for the program. Subject Matter Competency Requirement will be required before the credential is recommended.

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 a Subject Matter Waiver from a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program prior to working with TK-12 students in field placements. Priority admission is given to applicants who have met Subject Matter Competency prior to the document deadline. Conditional admitted candidates who fail to meet Subject Matter or pass the CSETs prior to the start of fieldwork may be dismissed from the program. CSET scores are valid for 10 years if taken after April 1, 2007.  More information on the CSETs can be found at About the Assessment Programs CSET.

**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Subject Matter Examinations (CSETs). For candidates who entered the program in Academic Years 2020-2021, these were waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. Please check back on our website for updates.

Demonstrate knowledge of the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution as demonstrated by one of the following options:
  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a CSU campus in any major; indicate this option on the checklist, or
  • An authorized college-level course (2 semester or 3 quarter units). Make a copy of your official transcript(s)—this is from your personal transcript copy; you must not open the official transcripts required for the admissions packet. (If the course is listed on your degree bearing transcript, you do not need to submit additional documentation.) Circle the course(s) that you think may satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement and include a printout of the course description(s). There is no expiration date for course validity. Please note the course grade(s) must be a “C” or better; or
  • Passage of U.S. Constitution examinations verified by a regionally-accredited college or university will be acceptable for certification purposes. Submit the official colored score report showing the passage of the U.S. Constitution exam. 
All program applicants are required to participate in a Zoom group interview with a College of Education faculty member. Interview scheduling will begin in early February and offered to applicants with the $25 paid Department Application fee on the Department Application.


Credential Student Service Center
(510) 885-2272: calls are being answered or leave a message
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

*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 K-12 classroom at grade levels appropriate to your credential goal and required letters of recommendation that address your abilities to manage 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 an Intern Approval Application to their program coordinator only after having been admitted to the program.