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For Elementary (Multiple Subject)

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To teach elementary school in California, you must have the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential which authorizes teaching in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1-12, and classes for adults. School districts may also look for other related qualifications and experience.

To obtain a Preliminary Credential which is valid only for 5 years, the following requirements must be met:

To obtain a Clear Credential (renewable after 5 years) you must complete one of the following options:

If you have a bachelor's of arts or bachelor's of science (BA/BS) degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an internship programIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site while you complete the coursework necessary for a credential. You might even be able to challenge the course work portion via the Early Completion Internship OptionIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorizationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

Credentialed in another state? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.