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Multiple Subject Credential

School of Education

Overview

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program allows students to study in-person or fully online. The in-person program at the graduate level offers evening classes. The in-person undergraduate program offers a mix of day time and evening classes. These programs authorize you to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. With this credential, you are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting. This credential also includes an authorization to teach English learners in self-contained core settings.

The Multiple Subject Credential is primarily appropriate for elementary school teachers, but can sometimes be appropriate for middle school or high school teachers. As you develop a foundation in lesson planning, classroom technology, psychology and reading, you will have opportunities to observe and participate firsthand in the methods used by cooperating teachers during field experience placements. After finishing coursework and the associated requirements, you will be formally recommended for the SB 2042 California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. You can also receive your ACSI Teacher Certification while earning your California preliminary teaching credential by meeting additional requirements.

You can either pursue the Multiple Subject Credential Program as a standalone program at the graduate level, or start the program on campus at the undergraduate level through our liberal studies, elementary education major or elementary education minor.

Our biblically integrated program includes the following elements:

  • Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework
  • Field experience
  • Online or on-campus student teaching or teaching with an intern credential
  • Clinical practice

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Student Program Pathways

Undergraduate Students 

You can begin coursework toward the Multiple Subject Credential through one of the following programs:

You can apply to the credential program during LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the first semester of your sophomore year. Once accepted into the credential program, you will take courses in sequence.

Graduate Students

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program at the graduate level can either be completed as a non-degree program or as part of a master’s degree.

We offer the opportunity to earn your credential and master's degree simultaneously, thus leading to one of our master's degrees: M.A. in Teaching or M.A. in Education


Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework

All teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher with an overall 3.0 GPA.


Field Experience

You are required to fulfill field experience hours for specific courses during your program. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts.

  • Undergraduate Requirements — See the Biola University catalog for complete details
  • Graduate Requirements — See the Biola University catalog for complete details
    • Most graduate students work full time and, with permission from their employers, can utilize personal or vacation time to arrange for their field experience hours in the schools. Those teaching full time may have reduced field experience hours.

Student Teaching or Teaching Under An Intern Credential

At Biola, there are two ways to meet the student teaching requirement at the graduate level.

  • Online/On Campus Track
    • The online/on campus track involves successfully completing coursework, field experiences and an unpaid student teaching assignment during the final semester of the program. All field experience and student teaching placements will be in WASC-accredited public schools. You will be assigned a Biola supervisor. See the Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.
    • Details:
      • Student teaching is the final course in Biola's Multiple Subject Credential Program. If you complete this requirement through the online/on-campus student teaching route, you will simultaneously enroll in SEED 512 and SEED 513 during your 16-week placement in two classrooms. You will be assigned a master teacher and a Biola supervisor.
      • You may student teach in a California public school, or a private school for Phase 2. Biola will find the student teaching placement for you.
    • Student Teaching Overseas
      • You have the opportunity to student teach overseas in a variety of countries in accredited K–12 international and private schools. An overseas assignment can count as one of the two student teaching placements. The other must be completed at a California public school. You can find out more information on our on our program requirements page.
  • Intern Track
    • The intern track involves successful fulfillment of prerequisites and additional requirements followed by completion of online coursework while you are employed as a full-time Multiple Subject Credential teacher under our intern credential. (Note: Students must be in a public school or charter school to be an intern.)
    • Details:
      • Instead of student teaching your final semester of the Multiple Subject Credential Program, you can teach with an intern credential if you are eligible. Each semester you teach with the intern credential, you will enroll in the intern support seminars. By the end of the program, you will need to have taken all four seminar courses (12 total credits). Student teaching (SEED 512/513) will not be required in the intern credential track.
      • You have the option to transition from online/on campus to the intern track at any time if qualifications are met.
      • See the Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.

View our other teaching credential programs.


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Accreditation
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

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