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Teacher Education

College of Education

The CSULB College of Education Office - Calteach

Teacher Education - Credential Program

Multiple Subject Credential Program (code 200)

A teacher with a Multiple Subject Credential is authorized to teach grades pre-K through 12 in self-contained classrooms. The Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) prepares students to be credentialed in the State of California for elementary and middle school instruction. The program allows for daytime field experiences in elementary classrooms and includes methodology courses and student teaching. The program can be completed in one summer and two semesters or three semesters, depending upon when prerequisites and corequisites are taken, when the student begins the program, and whether a part-time or full-time schedule is followed. Program requirements must be met within five years of the date of admission to the program.

The department has four Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) tracks:

  • Multiple Subject Credential Program
  • Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development(BCLAD) Emphasis (Spanish, Cambodian [Khmer], Chinese [Mandarin and Cantonese], Korean, Vietnamese)
  • Multiple Subject Internship Program
  • Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

For program information and advisement, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67; 562/985-9259) or visit the department website.

Preliminary Credential

Successful completion of the Multiple Subject Credential Program leads to the Preliminary Credential, which is valid for five years. Requirements for the Preliminary Credential are:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Satisfy the U. S. Constitution requirement (POSC 100 or 391 or exam or equivalent course from another institution).
  3. Pass California Basic Educational Skills Test (a test of basic reading, writing and math) or CTC approved alternative exam.
  4. Hold a Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint background check).
  5. Demonstrate Level I computer technology competence (embedded in program course work).
  6. Demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects).
  7. Complete professional preparation courses (in the MSCP) with a grade point average of 3.0 in all subject specific pedagogy (methods) courses with no grade lower than “C.”
  8. Successfully complete student teaching.
  9. Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam.
  10. For Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) candidates only: Demonstrate competence in BCLAD Domains 4 (specialized pedagogy), 5 (target culture knowledge) and 6 (proficiency in the target language). Requirements may be met through course work or state-approved exams.

Clear Credential

The Preliminary Credential is valid for five years from the date of issuance and is not renewable. During the first five years of teaching, teachers earn the clear credential through their District-Sponsered Induction Program.

Admission to the University and Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP)

Admission to the university and the MSCP are two separate processes. Applications to the university are available in Enrollment Services or on-line through CSU Mentor (www.csumentor.edu). Applications to the program are distributed at regularly scheduled program information meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations are available on the MSCP website. Matriculated students may be admitted to the program based on their current undergraduate or graduate status. Graduating seniors, transfer students, and returning students should apply for post-baccalaureate admission to the university with the objective of entering the credential program (identify your program objective as Multiple Subject Credential). Admission to the university does not constitute admission to the program.

Multiple Subject Credential Program Structure

The MSCP is a 40 unit program separated into three successive phases. Students must complete each phase before advancing to the next one.

  • Phase One - Students complete program prerequisites (and may take any or all corequisites) and submit applications. Subject matter competence must be demonstrated at the time of application to the program by submission of a passing score on all three sections of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects).
  • Phase Two - Students complete corequisite courses and five subject specific pedagogy courses.
  • Phase Three - Students complete student teaching.

Program Admission

All candidates are required to comply with all program policies and procedures detailed in the MSCP Handbook, which is available for purchase at the Campus Copy Center located in the bookstore. Pre-program advisement and brochure materials are available in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (ED1-67). Prospective candidates should obtain a program application by attending one of the regularly scheduled group advisement meetings. See schedule at www.ced.csulb.edu/mscp

Program Admission Requirements

1. Complete all prerequisite courses in one of the four MSCP tracks, with a minimum grade of “B” in EDEL 380. and no grade lower than a "C" in any other prerequisite or corequisite course.

2. Attain a grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate course work or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted.

3. Complete and pass an interview with a department faculty advisor.

4. Submit three letters of recommendation.

5. Submit a typed personal statement describing why you have chosen teaching as a career, what you hope to accomplish as a teacher, and how you view the role of the teacher.

6. Submit a negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray taken within the last three years. Tuberculosis clearance must be valid through student teaching.

7. Submit one photocopy of all university and/or college transcripts.

8. Submit proof of having taken the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Note: You must take all three parts of the test. (Passage of the exam is required to advance to student teaching.) For alternatives to CBEST contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.

9. Submit proof of having demonstrated subject matter competence by passing all three subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects)

10. Demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English by (1) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the reading portion of the CBEST and by (2) attaining the minimum passing score of 37 on the writing portion of the CBEST exam. (Passage of CBEST is required to advance to student teaching.)

11. Attach a copy of a Certificate of Clearance, or a photocopy of a California emergency/substitute teaching permit.

12. Demonstrate ability to communicate orally in English at the level required of public school teachers by demonstration of English production skills in the course EDEL 380 (EDEL 200 for ITEP candidates) and through an oral interview with department faculty. In the case of candidates for a Bilingual Emphasis Multiple Subject Credential, there is a bilingual interview requirement in English and the target language.

13. Demonstrate character and personality traits that satisfy the standards of the teaching profession and suitable aptitude for teaching in public schools through the application documentation, the personal interview, and performance in the course EDEL 380. Candidates must continue to demonstrate appropriate character and personality traits through completion of the program.

14. Submit the application packet, including documentation, by March 1 to begin pedagogy courses in summer or fall terms, and October 1 to begin pedagogy courses in winter or spring terms. THESE DEADLINES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Student Teaching

The final phase of the MSCP is student teaching. Student Teaching is a full-time five days per week experience for the length of the university semester. All student teachers have one placement in a K-2 classroom where they gain experience with early literacy instruction utilizing a balanced and comprehensive approach to reading. The other placement is in an intermediate classroom (grades 3-6) or in a middle school classroom (grades 6-8). One student teaching placement must be in a public school. There are several ways to complete student teaching: one regular semester, two semesters, two consecutive summers, one entire summer, or one summer and part of one regular semester. Students should be aware that there is extremely limited availability in the summer and all applicants will not necessarily be accommodated. A separate application is required to advance to student teaching. Applications for student teaching must be submitted in person to the Multiple Subject Student Teaching Office one semester prior to the first assignment.

Application packets are distributed at the Student Teaching Application meetings. Dates, times and locations are announced in methods courses, are posted throughout the ED-1 and ED-2 buildings, and appear on the website at www.ced.csulb.edu/fpo well in advance of the actual meeting dates. Deadlines for submitting applications to student teach are:

  • March 1 - for Summer/Fall Student Teaching
  • October 1 - for Spring Student Teaching

Students should note that these deadlines are firm. Late applications are not accepted.

Advancement to Student Teaching Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to advance to student teaching:

1. Completion of all program prerequisite, corequisite and subject specific pedagogy requirements in Phases 1 and 2 of one of the MSCP tracks. Students must complete all five subject specific pedagogy (methods) courses with a 3.0 grade point average and no grade lower than “C.” A grade of "D" or "F" in a program course will result in being dropped from the program. In addition, EDEL 413 and 431 must be completed with no grade lower than "C." The overall grade point average must continue to meet the program admission standard.

2. Passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

3. A negative tuberculosis skin test or chest x-ray valid through completion of student teaching.

4. Proof of identity and character clearance (Certificate of Clearance).

5. BCLAD Emphasis students must meet all additional BCLAD program requirements.

6. For students who wish to student teach at the kindergarten level: completion of EDEL 420 with a minimum grade of "C."

7. Submission of a student teaching application by the appropriate deadline.

Track One – Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program

The Preliminary credential is the basic Multiple Subject Credential. This track is comprised of foundational and subject specific pedagogy course work followed by the student teaching semester.

Prerequisites

EDEL 380 (3 units), EDSP 303 (1 unit) - must be taken concurrently.

Corequisites

EDEL 413 (2 units), EDEL/EDP/LING 431 (3 units) - may be taken prior to or after admission to the MSCP but must be completed prior to student teaching.

Subject Specific Pedagogy (teaching methods)

Students must be officially admitted to the MSCP to take these courses. One course must be taken off-campus at an elementary school site during daytime school hours, and at least one must be taken on-campus: EDEL 442, 452, 462, 472, EDEL/SCED 475.

Student Teaching

All requirements for advancement to student teaching must be met: EDEL 482 (16 units).

Track Two – Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis in Spanish and Asian Languages

The Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis credential authorizes teachers to work in dual language classrooms or where a language other than English is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. With appropriate substitutions and/or additional course work, the BCLAD Emphasis may be added to the Preliminary credential. All BCLAD Emphasis candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the target culture, specific pedagogical skills, and fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. A BCLAD Certificate can be added to an existing credential by passing the appropriate CLAD and/or BCLAD exams.

The BCLAD Spanish Emphasis is offered on campus or through the BCLAD in Mexico program. The BCLAD in Mexico program leads to a Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential with Spanish BCLAD Emphasis during a year of study in Querétaro, México. CSULB and nine other CSU campuses statewide offer this credential in conjunction with the Office of International Programs. Applications are accepted between January 2 and March 1 only.

To add the international BCLAD Spanish certificate to the Preliminary credential the following courses are required: EDCI 541; SPAN 322, 445. (Note: EDCI 541 and SPAN 322 must be taken in Mexico).

The BCLAD Asian Languages Emphasis is part of a six campus CSU consortium offering BCLAD preparation and certification in Khmer, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, or Vietnamese. Asian BCLAD courses are taken at CSULB and other area CSU participating campuses.

Spanish/English BCLAD Emphasis

The BCLAD Emphasis in Spanish prepares students for teaching in dual language and English Language Development settings where Spanish is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. In addition to the Preliminary credential requirements, BCLAD Emphasis in Spanish requirements include teaching pedagogy and practicum in a second language, culture of emphasis (by coursework or examination) and fluency in Spanish (by examination). The program requires 43 units of course work plus culture and language of emphasis proficiency through additional course work and/or examination. See the Spanish BCLAD advisor for program information.

Prerequisites

Same (4 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Corequisites

Same (5 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program plus EDP/LING 485 or EDP/EDEL 439 (3 units).

Subject Specific Pedagogy

Same (15 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program, with the following differences:

EDEL 442 (Footnote # 53 section recommended)

Substitute EDEL 452B for EDEL 452

Note 1: 150 documented hours as a teacher, assistant or volunteer in a multilingual setting is required in lieu of an off-campus daytime pedagogy course.

Note 2: It is recommended that EDEL 442 and 452B be taken concurrently.

Additional Spanish BCLAD Requirements

These requirements (0-15 units) may be taken at any time, but must be completed before student teaching:
Culture of Emphasis: For undergraduates, the culture component for the Spanish BCLAD is fulfilled in the Liberal Studies Bilingual concentration. Students completing a non-Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree can meet this requirement by taking CHLS 340 or CHLS 350 or the appropriate CSET: LOTE exam.

Language of Emphasis: All Spanish BCLAD candidates must pass the appropriate CSET: LOTE exam (speaking, listening, reading and writing) prior to completion of the program. SPAN 300, 312, 313, and 322 are also recommended (12 units). In addition, LING 329 or EDSP 454 are strongly advised for language acquisition background.

Student Teaching

All requirements for advancement to student teaching must be met. EDEL 482B or 482C (16 units)

Asian Languages/English BCLAD Emphasis

The BCLAD Emphasis in Asian Languages prepares students for teaching in dual language and English Language Development settings where Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Khmer, Korean or Vietnamese is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. In addition to the Preliminary credential requirements, BCLAD Emphasis in Asian Languages requirements include teaching pedagogy and practicum in a second language, culture of emphasis (by coursework or examination) and fluency in the target language (by examination). The program requires 46 units of course work plus culture and proficiency in the target language (appropriate CSET: LOTE exam). See the Asian Languages BCLAD advisor for program information.

Prerequisites

Same (4 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Corequisites

Same (5 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Subject Specific Pedagogy

Same (15 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Additional Asian BCLAD Requirements (0-6 units)

Culture of Emphasis (one for each language program) (3 units):

  • Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) - EWS 301, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Cambodian - ASAM 334, CSU Long Beach
  • Korean – AAS 495KA , CSU Northridge or TED 495, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Vietnamese - ASAM 333, CSU Long Beach

Bilingual Pedagogy (one for each language program) (3 units):

  • Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) - EDEL 400 (Cantonese/Mandarin), CSU Los Angeles or EDEL 452C (Cantonese/Mandarin), CSU Long Beach
  • Cambodian (Khmer) - EDEL 490 (Cambodian), CSU Long Beach
  • Korean - EED 520K (Korean), CSU Northridge or TED 515A (Korean), Cal Poly Pomona or TED 490 (Korean) CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Vietnamese - EDEL 448 (Vietnamese), CSU Fullerton
  • Note: Bilingual pedagogy and culture of emphasis courses may be taken before admission to the MSCP Program.

Language of Emphasis

Met by passage of appropriate CSET LOTE Exam. See program advisor for recommended courses as preparation for the exam.

Student Teaching

All requirements for advancement to student teaching must be met. EDEL 482B or 482C (16 units).

Track Three – Multiple Subject Internship

The intern program is for full-time teachers in districts with which CSULB has a contractual intern agreement. All students in this program must be employed by the district as the full-time teacher of record in a multiple subject classroom and have met all program and intern program admission requirements. The program requires 24 units of foundational and subject specific course work followed by 16 units of intern student teaching.

Application Requirements

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects).
  • Meet the U.S. Constitution requirement (by course work or exam).
  • Pass the CBEST (or CTC approved alternative exam).
  • Be assigned full-time to a self-contained K-8 multiple subject classroom in a partner school district.
  • Meet the program grade point average requirement of 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
  • Complete MSCP prerequisite and corequisite courses.
  • Have submitted an application to the MSCP program.
  • Become officially admitted to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
  • Complete an interview with the Intern Program Director.

Prerequisites

Same (4 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Corequisites (5 units)

Same (5 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Subject Specific Pedagogy

Same (15 units) as for Track One in the Preliminary credential program.

Student Teaching

All requirements for advancement to student teaching must be met. EDEL 572A and 572B (8 units each).

Note: Interns must attend a Student Teaching Application Meeting and apply to student teach by the October 1 deadline for spring and the March 1 deadline for summer and fall.

Additional Requirements for BCLAD Interns

BCLAD Interns should refer to Track Two, above, for additional BCLAD Emphasis requirements.

Early Completion Intern Option

The Early Completion Intern Option allows qualified candidates to challenge the course work portion of the internship program and demonstrate their pedagogical skills by passage of the California Teaching Performance Assessment while serving as an intern. See an advisor in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center for details.

Track Four – Integrated Teacher Education Program

For the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) requirements, please refer to the Liberal Studies section of this catalog.

Petition Process

Appeals to program decisions or requests for policy waivers are made by filing a written appeal to the Department of Teacher Education Admissions and Standards Committee. The committee reviews the written petition and supporting documentation and renders a decision. Examples of petitions typically reviewed are: waive a deadline for submission of a test score, waive an application deadline, and readmission to student teaching. Decisions of the committee are final. Students follow university policy to appeal a course final grade.

Reading Certificate (code 415)

This certificate is granted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The Reading Certificate provides classroom teachers with advanced preparation in reading/language arts assessment and instruction, as well as theory and research in teaching reading, grades K-12. Some candidates may wish to complete the 12-unit Reading Certificate program as a terminal objective, while others may wish to complete it as a prerequisite to the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential Program.

Before completion of requirements for the Reading Certificate, the candidate must provide verification of three years of full-time teaching experience in any grades preschool through adult, exclusive of student teaching, internship teaching, or teaching while holding an emergency credential or permit.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree and Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential or equivalent; CLAD certification strongly recommended.
  2. ENGL 481 or ENGL 482 or EDRG 520, or current equivalent course in children’s or adolescent literature.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of university course work.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation on letterhead stationery from educators, one of which is from a supervisor.
  5. A personal teaching autobiography including what reading means to you, what you have learned about children and reading, and why you wish to enter the graduate reading program (3 pages maximum).
  6. Interview with program faculty.
  7. For secondary teachers, EDEL 452 or equivalent is strongly recommended.
  8. Program application.
  9. University application.

Requirements

EDRG 540, 551, 558, 559

Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential (code 410)

The Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential prepares teachers to become school and district literacy leaders and supervisors. The reading/language specialist’s role is multifaceted, including diagnostician, teacher of intervention for children or youth with delayed literacy development, collaborator with other school and district specialists, provider of professional development for classroom teachers, and reading program coordinator or facilitator.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the Reading Certificate program, or a valid Reading Certificate, or equivalent.

Requirements

EDRG 543, 544, 554, 556, 651

Note: All courses required for the Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential can be applied to the MA in Elementary or Secondary Education: Specialization in Reading. See Catalog program description and the faculty advisor in the Department of Teacher Education for more information.