Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential

The California SB2042 Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential authorizes educators to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary or middle school classroom setting.

The liberal studies, elementary education major is the recommended major for a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. However, students from any major may earn this credential by adding the Teacher Preparation Program to their major.

Students are invited to formally apply to the credential program during LEDU 301 Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the sophomore year. Once accepted into Biola's teacher preparation program, students take courses in sequence. View program sheet here. The main elements are as follows:

  • Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework (35 credits)
  • Fieldwork Experiences
  • Student Teaching
  • Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs)
  • Additional Requirements and Exams

Teacher Preparation and Pedagogy Coursework


LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3)

LEDU 330: Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
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)
LEDU 420: Elementary Reading / Language Arts (3)
LEDU 431/432: Elementary Curriculum / Fieldwork (3, 1)
LEDU 440/442 or SEED 512/513: Elementary Student Teaching I/II (6, 6)

All teacher preparation and pedagogy coursework must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Overall, a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the teacher preparation course sequence. See course catalog for complete details or the homepage for course descriptions.


Fieldwork Experiences


Students are required to fulfill fieldwork hours throughout their program. Listed below are the courses that require fieldwork hours. Biola will arrange the placements for the students with partnering districts.

LEDU 301: Introduction to Teaching (3 credits) – 25 fieldwork hours required: Students will observe and participate in an elementary classroom for 25 hours. Students will observe and report on the relationship between state and academic content standards and instruction. Students will also observe and report on the relationship between student learning, assessment and classroom management strategies.

LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits) – 10 fieldwork hours required: Students will observe and participate in a classroom with English language learners for 10 hours. They will observe and shadow an English learner and create a student profile focusing on the English learner's strengths.

LEDU 420: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3 credits) – 35 fieldwork hours required: Students will observe and participate in a primary grade classroom for 35 hours. They will teach two reading lessons, implement four reading assessments and create a student reading profile.

LEDU 432: Elementary Curriculum (1 unit) – 60 fieldwork hours required: Students will participate for 60 hours in an elementary classroom. Students will participate in a variety of classroom activities and will teach a minimum of four lessons while being evaluated by the cooperating teacher. Students have the option of completing 15 of the 60 hours in a Biola-approved tutoring clinic.


Student Teaching


Student Teaching is the final course in Biola's Teacher Preparation Program. Students earning a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential will have two full-time, eight-week placements in WASC-accredited schools — one in a lower grade and the other in an upper grade. Biola University supervisors mentor student teachers by making regular site visitations and giving weekly seminars. To view a list of the schools and districts with which we partner, click here. Please visit the Student Teaching Handbook page for more information.

Students 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. Interested teacher candidates can contact the School of Education for more information.

Teaching Performance Assessments (CalTPAs)


California law requires potential teachers to complete a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) as one of the steps to earning a teaching credential. This assessment — made up of four individual tasks — is designed to measure how well a candidate meets the state's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), which define what teachers should know and be able to do. Details regarding the CalTPA and TPEs are available from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Biola University includes the TPA tasks within its Teacher Preparation Program coursework. Passage of all four CalTPA tasks are required in order to receive formal recommendation from the University for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Specifics of each CalTPA task are as follows:

  • TPA Task #1
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 341: Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #2
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 420: Elementary Reading/Language Arts (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #3
    ($100.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 431: Elementary Curriculum (3 credits)
  • TPA Task #4
    ($120.00 fee, subject to change)
    • LEDU 440/442: Elementary Student Teaching (12 credits)

Please contact our CalTPA Coordinator, Professor Gwen Botka, with any further questions. See course catalog for complete details.

Additional Requirements and Exams


Required Prior to Student Teaching

Additional Requirements

  • RICA
  • CPR certification — infant, child and adult. Must meet American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines. No online courses accepted.
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program — find a local health clinic offering TB services here.

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