Multiple Subject Credential
Biola’s California Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential program allows students to study in-person, in the evening or in a fully-online environment. This program authorizes 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 language learners in self-contained core settings.
The Multiple Subject Teaching 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 fieldwork placements. After completion of coursework and the associated requirements, you will be formally recommended for their 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 this program as a standalone program at the graduate level, or start the program 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
- Student Teaching
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Student Program Pathways
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.
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.
Teacher Preparation Program
Teacher Preparation Courses
You are required to fulfill fieldwork hours for the courses below. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts.
Student Teaching is the final course of the program. The Multiple Subject Credential requires two full-time, eight-week placements in WASC-accredited schools — one in a lower grade and the other in an upper grade. Biola’s Christian supervisors mentor student teachers by making regular site visitations, and student teachers attend a weekly course.
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.