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Online Multiple Subject Credential

School of Education


The Online Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program offered by Biola University’s School of Education allows you to study fully online at the graduate level and authorizes you to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom in California. This is the typical credential held by elementary school teachers. This teaching credential also includes an authorization to teach English learners in self-contained core settings.

The Multiple Subject Credential is primarily appropriate for California 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 placements in a classroom setting. After finishing coursework and the associated teacher education 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 fully online, biblically integrated credential program includes the following elements:

  • Teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework
  • Classroom field experience
  • Clinical practice through the student teaching or intern pathways

Note: The Online Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program is offered exclusively at the graduate level. For an overview of on-campus learning options for this credential — available to both undergraduate and graduate students — explore the general Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program page.

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Student Program Pathways

The Online Multiple Subject Credential Program at the graduate level can be completed either 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 the Biola University catalog for complete details.

Field Experience

You are required to fulfill field experience hours for specific courses during your program. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts. See point 9 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 requirements.

Student Teaching or Teaching Under An Intern Credential

In Biola’s Online Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program, there are two pathways to meet the clinical practice requirement at the graduate level:

  • Student Teaching Pathway
    The student teaching pathway 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 program requirements for more details. 
    • 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 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 be in a public school or charter school to be an intern.)
    • Details
      • Instead of student teaching during your final semester of the Online 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 Online Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements for more details.

View our other teaching credential programs.

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

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