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Multiple Subject Credential

School of Education

Overview

Biola’s California Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential 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
  • Fieldwork
  • Student Teaching


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 Credential program at the graduate level is a non-degree program unless pursued simultaneously with the M.A. in Teaching or M.A. in Education programs. 


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.

Undergraduate

Teacher Preparation Program

  • LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3)
  • LEDU 330: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • LEDU 420: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • LEDU 434: Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation and Assessment (3)
  • LEDU 440/442: Elementary Student Teaching I/II (6, 6)

Pedagogy Courses

  • ARTS 306: Elementary Art Workshop (3)
  • MUSC 310: Elementary Music Workshop (2)
  • LEDU 309: Elementary Math/Science Workshop (2)
  • PEED 201: Elementary PE Methods and Activities (2)
  • LEDU 336: Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods (1)
  • LEDU 337: Elementary History — Social Science Curriculum and Methods (1)
  • LEDU 380: Children's Literature (3)
See the catalog for complete details.

Graduate

Teacher Preparation Courses

  • SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2)
  • SEED 526: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
  • SEED 520: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3)
  • SEED 538: Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation and Assessment (3)
  • SEED 512/513: Elementary Student Teaching I/II (6,6)

Pedagogy Courses

  • SEED 507: Art Workshop for Elementary School Teaching (1)
  • SEED 508: Music Workshop for Elementary School Teaching (1)
  • SEED 509: Elementary Math/Science Workshop (2)
  • SEED 516: Elementary PE Workshop (1)
  • SEED 536: Elementary Health Curriculum and Methods (1)
  • SEED 537: Elementary History — Social Science Curriculum and Methods (1)
  • SEED 549: Studies in Children's Literature (1)
See the catalog for complete details.

Fieldwork

You are required to fulfill fieldwork hours for the courses below. Biola will arrange your placements with partnering districts.

Undergraduate
  • LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3 credits) — 25 fieldwork hours
  • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits) — 10 fieldwork hours
  • LEDU 420: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3 credits) — 35 fieldwork hours
  • LEDU 434: Elementary Curriculum Differentiation and Assessment (3 credit) — 60 fieldwork hours
See the catalog for complete details.

Graduate
  • SEED 519: Foundations of Education (2 credits) — 25 fieldwork hours (Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 10)
  • SEED 541: Methods of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3
    credits) — 10 fieldwork hours
  • SEED 520: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3 credits) — 35 fieldwork hours (Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 10)
  • SEED 538: Elementary Curriculum, Differentiation, and Assessment (3 credits) — 60 fieldwork hours (Those teaching full-time will have fieldwork hours reduced to 15)
See the catalog for complete details. Most graduate students work full time and, with permission from their employers, they can utilize personal or vacation time to arrange for their fieldwork hours in the schools.

Student Teaching

Student Teaching 

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.


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

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