For Elementary (Multiple Subject)
Pathways to a Teaching CredentialView 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:
- Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited university
- Teacher preparation program (credential program, including student teaching)
- Basic Skills Requirement
- Demonstrate subject matter competency with passage of test:
- California Subject Examinations for Teachers CSET
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- Developing English Language Skills (reading instruction course)
- U.S. Constitution course
- Foundational computer technology course
- Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA )
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 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 .
If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorization .
Credentialed in another state? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.