Preliminary Multiple Subject

USD offers a Multiple Subject Credential program that prepares students for teaching in self-contained settings in elementary schools and some middle school classrooms. This program may be completed along with the Liberal Studies major, which helps prepare students in the subjects taught in elementary classrooms or along with any other undergraduate major.

Students demonstrate subject-matter competence by passing the CSET: Multiple Subject examination. A description of the Liberal Studies major is contained in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this course catalog. Depending on the number of units with which students enter USD, it may be necessary for students to take coursework during the Summer Sessions, Intersession, and/or carry 18 units during several semesters of undergraduate study in order to complete the requirements for the liberal studies major and professional teacher preparation in four years. Students may choose to complete some of their professional preparation coursework, such as student teaching, as graduate students. Students complete their undergraduate major and the following professional preparation coursework:

Requirements for the Multiple Subject Credential

Prerequisite for Credential Program
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
Total Units3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
or EDTE 300P Diversity, Inclusion & Schooling
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
or EDTE 310P Educational Psychology
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary3
or EDTE 301P Methods for Language & Literacy
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
or EDTE 312P Methods for English Learners
EDUC 385PElementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms3-6
or EDTE 302P Elementary Methods I: Math & Science
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities (Taken following EDTE 302P)3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
or EDTE 311P Equity & Advocacy in Educational Systems
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential 13
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential 19

Additional Requirements

Students committed to earning a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must complete the following steps:

  • Declare an undergraduate major
  • Pass the CBEST
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Formally apply and be admitted to the teacher credential program as a multiple subject candidate
  • Passing score on the U.S. Constitution Exam or HIST 117 U.S. History to 1877 or POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  or equivalent that specifically covers the U.S. Constitution (course must include US history between 1776 and 1800)
  • Pass the RICA (Reading Instruction Competencies Assessment)—to be taken upon completion of EDUC 383P or EDTE 301P Methods for Language & Literacy
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject three-part examination prior to applying to student teach
  • Successfully complete a full-time semester of student teaching with seminars (EDUC 490P and EDUC 490S). Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential program does not guarantee acceptance into student teaching. 
  • Earn a grade of B- or higher in all professional preparation classes
  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses
  • Complete all California Credential application papers and pay proper fees

Students are urged to meet regularly with the undergraduate credential advisor, Serena Pariser or (619) 260-7713 and the credential analyst, James McCarty or (619) 260-4821, at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences to ensure appropriate course selection and progress toward their credential.