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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 2021 Application Dates
The program is a full-time
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
Review Information Session: 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 2021
Applications open: December 14, 2020
Applications close: April 15, 2021
Document deadline: May 1, 2021
Applications open: February 1, 2021
Applications close: April 15, 2021
Document deadline: May 1, 2021
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 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. Letters should come from people who have observed
- 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.
- 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 2021.
- Signed letters should be sent to you to be uploaded to your Department application.
- A letter from an education professional in a pk-12 school
- A letter from any individual who has observed the applicant working with children/youth in any setting (except for religious education)
- A letter from an individual who can address the applicant's ability to work with children/youth
- A letter from an individual who has observed the applicant applying skills (e.g., organization, leadership. communication) that are appropriate to an educational setting
- An academic letter of recommendation
*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.
*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 2021. If you have completed some or all of these hours to date, please go ahead and submit the hours you have completed.
Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $70 application fee (opens February 1, 2021). 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.
How to Apply Upload a confirmation page from Cal State Apply University application to your Department Application.
Summer Term 2021: University Application open now: February 1, 2021.
In Extended Profile: Set Degree Goal to Teaching Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, PPS, Librarian, Admin, CalStateTEACH). Add Program: Multiple Subject Credential
Official transcripts must be submitted electronically or by mail to Graduate Admissions for your University Application and electronically or by mail to the Credential Student Service Center for your Department Application to:
University Application Transcript Requirement
Office of Graduate Admissions
*Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended. Do not submit transcripts until you have submitted your University Application. HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS
Department Application Transcript Requirement
Credential Student Service Center
*ONLY official Bachelor's
IMPORTANT! Please inquire with your sending institution for information in regards to electronic transcript submission. Have transcripts for your University application sent directly from the institution to email@example.com. How to Submit Documents page: HOW TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS
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
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 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) - 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
University Application requires all transcripts: contact the International Office of Admissions.
- 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.
- Print the Live Scan form and take to a location offering Live Scan services to have your fingerprints rolled or scanned.
- Go to www.ctc.ca.gov 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.
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 take and pass an examination which has been determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR). Proficiency is verified by the
- Passing the CBEST exam. Submit a copy of the official California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) full score report or other approved documentation as noted on the BSR leaflet. You may submit the online score report with the barcode displayed. Online reports without the barcode are considered unofficial. Information about the CBEST can be found at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/Home.aspx
- Passing CSET Writing Skills subtest #142, in lieu of CBEST (Multiple Subject applicants only). Note: this only clears this requirement if you have passed CSET #101, 214 (or 102), & 103.
- Passing basic skills examination from another state.
- Passing the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
For more information about the BSR requirements or additional options: BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT.
**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST). For candidates entering the program in Academic Year 2020-2021 they are waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. At this point, passing scores are required to be submitted for the Academic Year 2021-2022 by August 31, 2021. There may be different information regarding test score deadlines in future days. Please check back on our website for updates.
The candidate shall have demonstrated subject matter competency by the means appropriate to the credential sought. Applicants must submit proof of meeting Subject Matter Competency with one of the following options: A) passing CSET score reports, or B) Subject Matter Waiver Letter from a Subject Matter Preparation Program or proof that the program is in
- The Multiple Subject credential candidate shall have achieved a passing score on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET: Multiple Subjects: Subtests 101, 102 (or 214), 103).
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 the CSETs passed prior to the document deadline. Conditional admitted candidates who fail to pass the CSETs prior to the
**Due to the COVID-19 emergency certain waivers have been put into place regarding the Subject Matter Examinations (CSETs). For candidates entering the program in Academic Year 2020-2021 these are waived as entrance requirements BUT they must be completed prior to program completion. At this point, passing scores are required to be submitted for the Academic Year 2021-2022 by August 31, 2021. There may be different information regarding test score deadlines in future days. Please check back on our website for updates.
- 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
passageof the U.S. Constitution exam.
Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Directive, the Credential Student Service Center office is closed to the public until further notice. Business operations will continue remotely, calls will be answered, and emails will be returned.
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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.