Multiple Subject Credential
The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program allows students to study in-person (at the graduate or undergraduate levels) or fully online (at the graduate level). 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. The online program is flexible to your schedule and location. These programs authorize you to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. This is the typical credential held by elementary school teachers. 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, clinical practice 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.
Our biblically integrated credential program includes the following elements:
- Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework
- Field experience
- Clinical practice through the student teaching or intern credential pathways
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Student Program Pathways
You can begin coursework toward the Multiple Subject Credential through one of the following on-campus 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.
The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program at the graduate level can be completed either on campus or online. It can 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: 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. See point 8 of the program requirements for a list of required courses.
You are required to fulfill field experience hours for specific courses during your program. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts. See point 10 of the program requirements 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 pathways to meet the clinical practice requirement.
- Student Teaching Pathway
The student teaching pathway — offered both online and on campus to graduate students or on campus to undergraduate students — involves successfully completing coursework and an unpaid student teaching assignment during the final semester of the program. All 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.
- Student teaching is the final course in Biola's Multiple Subject Credential Program. If you complete the student teaching pathway, you will simultaneously enroll in SEED 512 and SEED 513 during your 16-week placement in two classrooms. You will be assigned master teachers 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 may be completed during Phase 2 of the student teaching placements. Phase 1 must be completed at a California public school. You can find out more information on our program requirements page.
- Intern Credential Pathway
The intern credential pathway — offered exclusively at the graduate level in the fully online program — involves successful fulfillment of prerequisites and additional requirements followed by completion of online coursework while you are employed as a full-time teacher under the intern credential. (Note: Students must find their own employment in a public school or charter school to be an intern.)
- Instead of student teaching during your final semester of the Multiple Subject Credential Program, you can teach with an intern credential if you are eligible — allowing you to work as a paid classroom teacher while completing the program. 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) is not required in the intern credential track.
- You have the option to transition from the student teaching pathway to the intern pathway at any time if qualifications are met.
- See the Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.
View our other teaching credential programs.