For Elementary (Multiple Subject)

Pathways to a Teaching Credential

View a chart that illustrates the different pathways to a teaching credential.

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 BA/BS degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an internship program new browser window icon 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 Option new browser window icon.

If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorization new browser window icon.

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