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

Pre-Requisite Courses
Course Title/Description Units
EDTE 190 Health Education for Classroom Teacher: Current problems of individual, family and community health. Theories, organization, methods and materials for teaching health education 3
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. 3
Foundation Courses
Course Title/Description Units
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. 3
EDEL 103 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. NOTE: Students enrolled in the CRA program will substitutethis course withEDTE 208. 3
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. NOTE: Students enrolled in the CRA program will substitutethis course withEDTE 262. 3
Curriculum Courses
Course Title/Description Units
EDEL 108A* 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. PREREQUISITE: EDTE 162 6
EDEL 108B 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 3
EDEL 108C 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. 3
EDEL 108D 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. 3
Student Teaching
Course Title/Description Units
EDEL 143A* Orientation to Student Teaching: Role of state and local government in education. Clinical observation of classroom, school and district organization. Emphasis on lesson planning. C/NC Grading Scheme. PREREQUISITE: EDEL 108A (concurrent enrollment ok) 5
EDEL 143B* Student Teaching: Practicum: Practicum in public school classrooms at two grade levels for student teaching experience; includes field and campus seminar. Supervision by College of Education faculty. C/NC Grading Scheme. PREREQUISITE: EDEL 143A. 10
EDTE 246 Classroom Management: Study of theory, practice and research related to effective communication in bilingual/cross-cultural settings. NOTE: Students enrolled in the CRA program willsubstitutethis course withEDTE 260. 3

** Spanish Bilingual students must enroll in specific sections of these courses that are taught in Spanish.

*** EDSE 192A is offered through Special Education Department.


  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.