Required Course

Courses Required for a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Students must be admitted to the Multiple Subject Credential Program and must meet with an advisor to complete a Program Planning Form before taking any credential courses. Course requirements may vary slightly across program options.

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Courses (Required by the State of California for ALL credential candidates). May be taken at any time during the program.)

EDTE 190: Health Education for Classroom Teacher - Current problems of individual, family and community health. Theories, organization, methods and materials for teaching health education.

EDSE 192A: Including and Supporting Students -Exploration of laws, service delivery systems, instructional methods and assessment processes to support inclusion of students with disabilities in regular education environments.

Foundation Courses

EDEL 102: Psychological Foundation of Education - Cognitive, affective and social/emotional development related to school settings. Theories of development, learning and instruction critically examined. Other topics include individual differences, measurement, evaluation, instructional goals, classroom management and diversity in the classroom.

EDEL103: Social-Multicultural Foundations of Education - Foundational preparation focused on implications of social, cultural, linguistic and economic diversity on teaching and learning. Emphasis on understanding the implications of history and social context on the educational endeavor in a pluralistic and democratic society. (CRA candidates take EDTE 208)

EDTE 162: Meetings the Needs of Second Language Learners - Second language acquisition theories and application to teaching in diverse elementary classrooms. Social and psychological influences on linguistic behavior of students. Cultural and political issues affecting language attitudes. (CRA candidates take EDTE 262)

Curriculum Courses

EDEL 108A: Curriculum: Reading/Language Arts - Elementary school language/literacy acquisition in culturally diverse classrooms; emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of theory and practice.

EDEL 108B: Curriculum: Science - Elementary school science curriculum and theoretical approaches; emphasis on materials, methods, content, and evaluation procedures for teaching science in elementary and middle schools in a multicultural and technological society.

EDEL108C: Curriculum: Social Studies - Elementary school social studies curriculum and instruction with emphasis on the influence of ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, gender and disability factors on present day culture.

EDEL108D: Curriculum: Mathematics - Elementary school mathematics curriculum and methodology relationships between instructional materials and how children construct knowledge; the role of technology and issues that bear on the teaching of school mathematics.

Field Service Practicum-- Practica in public school classrooms is required at two grade levels for a complete student teaching experience. Both practica include time on the field/classrooms, coursework, and campus seminars connecting theory and practice.

EDEL 143A: Field Practicum: Phase I - Role of state and local government in education. Clinical observation of classroom, school and district organization. Emphasis on lesson planning and practicing different teaching configurations in diverse classrooms. Supervised by College of Education faculty. CR/NC Grading Scheme

EDEL 143B: Field Practicum: Phase II - Practicum in public school classrooms; includes time in the field/classroom and campus seminar. Increasing responsibilities in the planning and management of the learning environment, instructional planning, teaching, and assessment of students’ progress. Supervised by College of Education faculty. C/NC grading scheme

EDTE 246: Classroom Management and Governance - Study of theory, practice and research related to effective communication in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. (CRA candidates take EDTE 260)


  1. Only those admitted to the Multiple Subject Credential Program may take courses in the Elementary Education Department.
  2. All courses are offered in both fall and spring terms. Summer session course offerings are contingent upon enrollment. Student teaching (EDEL 143A and EDEL 143B) is not available in summer.
  3. If you have taken a course outside SJSU that you feel is very similar to a course taught in our program, you may petition for a review of course equivalency. If the review is approved, you won't have to take the course in our program. See Course Equivalence for additional information.