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About the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Elementary TK-8)

If your interest lies in educating children in grades twelve and below, including preschool, earning your multiple subject credential is the path for you. Most Multiple Subject teachers in California teach in grades K-6. 

These classrooms hold the same group of students (self-contained) throughout the day, and you will teach all subject matter areas.  The credential also contains a CLAD or English Learner or EL authorization allowing you to teach English Language Learners or Emergent Bilinguals. This will authorize you to provide the following services to English learners: (1) instruction for English language development in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults; and (2) specially designed content instruction delivered in English in multiple-subject-matter (self-contained) classes. 

Teaching the same group of children throughout the year creates bonds between you and your students. Often you will become a trusted source in which you're seen as their role model and mentor in which they share their thoughts, concerns, and dreams. You have the opportunity to be their first guide in cultivating life-long learners and experience the joys of their early learning successes. 
For your clinical practice, you will be placed into lower and upper elementary classroom.

We partner with many school districts for clinical practice placements. These schools are chosen based on their ethnic, race, and socioeconomic diversity as well as the inclusion of students with disabilities and the use of curriculum that is aligned with California’s adopted content standards and frameworks. 

The program is available both in-person and online. Your success is our success as you prepare to enter one of the most rewarding in-demand careers today.



  • Take courses that prepare them to be culturally responsive teachers in their classroom
  • Participate in teaching experiences in a clinical placement that takes theory to practice about the importance of culturally responsive teaching, restorative justice and authentic care in a diverse classroom setting
  • Nurture and educate English language learners through an inclusive and positive class environment
  • Develop critical and creative problem-solving for student empowerment across all academic subjects
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, families, and the community


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (review full admission requirements here):
An interview with the Admissions Committee will be scheduled once your completed application has been reviewed and meets all the requirements.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Professional Dispositions
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for admission
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Certificate of Clearance issued by the CTC
  • Basic Skills Test Requirement
  • Subject Matter Competency
  • Completed pre-program Field Experience Verification Form
  • Current Resume




EDUC X408:  Integrated Physical Science, Math, and Scientific Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X424:  Integrated Humanities and Visual Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X301:  Foundations in Education (3 units)

EDUC X401:  Learning, Cognition, and Instruction (3 units)

EDUC X303:  Clinical Practice 1 (4 units)

EDUC X409:  Integrated Earth and Space Sciences, Math, and Digital Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X425:  Integrated Humanities and Cultural Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X302:  Teaching Practicum (3 units)

EDUC X305:  Clinical Practice 3 (4 units)

EDUC X410:  Integrated Life Sciences, Math, and Health Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X426:  Integrated Humanities and Global Literacy (3 units)

EDUC X311:  Diverse Students, Inclusive Instruction (3 units)

EDUC X312:  Project-Based Instruction (3 units)





  •  Contact us today to learn more about applying to the credential program.


Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Additional information is available by visiting the University of California | Office of the President and the California Department of Education.


The Teacher Preparation Program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

On August 6, 2021, The Commission on Teacher Credentialing granted full institutional approval to the University of California, Merced.