Multiple Subject Credential Program Options


The Flexible Program pathway is designed for candidates who need flexibility in their schedules and timelines. It may be started in the fall or spring semesters and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis in three, four or additional semester timelines. Most classes are in the evening (with some day time offerings) and meet once a week. Student teaching placements are possible in public schools in Santa Clara County, and, on a limited basis, in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.

Year Long Residency

The Teacher Education Collaborative Residency Program (TE) is an accelerated one-year residency in which candidates complete two semesters plus summer courses of concurrent university study and field practice. Students are in the classroom with a Master Teacher 3 days per week from first to last day of school and in seminars doing course work 2 full days per week. Candidates are designated as substitutes for their Master Teacher and earn a small stipend. Residencies are available in Berryessa, Campbell, Santa Clara, Oak Grove, Rocketship Charter and Franklin McKinley School Districts. Fall admission and a summer start are required.

Middle Level Emphasis

The Middle Level Emphasis Program (MLE) prepares students to teach grades 5-8 in a middle school or elementary setting with a multiple subject credential and additional authorization for teaching a single subject (introductory authorization, foundational credential or full single subject credential). Coursework emphasizes meeting the learning needs of the young adolescent. Program requirements can be completed in either a one-year or two year model and includes a year long student teaching “residency”. Student teaching placements are in Alum Rock, Campbell, Cupertino, Evergreen, Oak Grove, Union, Moreland, and Santa Clara Unified School Districts.

Credential and Masters Degree

The Critical Research Academy (CRA) begins in the Fall semester. This program is a combined Multiple Subject Credential and MA program with a focus on Critical Research on Language, Culture, and Society. It offers a dynamic program for K-12 teachers primarily interested in education for social justice, development of cultural literacy, education to promote democracy, and pedagogy for teaching in urban schools. The program incorporates requirements for both the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and the Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction.

Concurrent Option (Elementary and Special Education Education)

The Concurrent Program is a program resulting in a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential. It is a combined program path where the coursework and experiences to obtain two credentials are organized and monitored for the candidate. Students apply via the Department of Special Education and are referred to the Department of Elementary Education for a second interview. Candidates must be accepted by both departments to participate in this program option. Candidates complete three semesters of student teaching in varied special education in this program.

Bilingual Teacher Preparation 

The Bilingual Teacher Preparation is available to candidates enrolled in the Flexible program who wish to teach in a bilingual classroom. Applicants are required to demonstrate competence by passing the CSET LOTE Subtests 3 and completing coursework in the multiple subjects credential program. Currently, we are only offering the Spanish Bilingual Authorization. The Mandarin Bilingual Authorization is currently NOT available due to low enrollment. Please check our website for updates.

Full-Time Internship 

The School University Partnership Internship Program (SUP) is on hiatus beginning in Fall 2010. When it returns, candidates will complete a two-year internship in which they are compensated for full-time classroom teaching while satisfying the requirements for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. This option may be started only in the Fall semester with classes starting the summer prior. NOTE: This program option will be going on hiatus beginning Spring, 2010. Please check our website for updates on when this program will be reinstated.