PhD Program Overview

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Become a Teacher at the Elementary Level

If you want to become a teacher of more than one subject in a California elementary setting and already hold a bachelor’s degree, UCR’s multiple subject teaching credential program is a great place to gain the experience and education you need.

You can earn your multiple subject teaching credential in your choice of two ways:

  • Option 1 – This is a great option if you only want to complete requirements for the teaching credential and are not interested in earning a master's degree.
  • Option 2 – Earn the MEd in General Education with Teaching Emphasis. This option is open to exceptional teacher candidates who hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You will earn both a multiple subject teaching credential and a master’s degree.

Through the multiple subject teaching credential program you gain extensive experience in both lower and higher grades and are exposed to working with diverse student populations. The program includes spending an increasing amount of time teaching students and culminates with you devoting nearly full time to classroom instruction. Teacher candidates with prior teaching experience, may be eligible for an internship program and an early completion option from our alternative teacher preparation options. Intern and Early Completion Options

Many students who are fluent in both Spanish and English choose to add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish to their teaching credential. Through this program addition, prospective teachers learn about best practices for instructing students in their primary language and on the teaching of English language development.

If you choose to add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, you must pass complete one of the following:

  • Option 1Bilingual Authorization (Spanish). You must pass subtests III, IV and V. You must pass at least subtest III by program admission deadlines.
  • Option 2 – Complete Bilingual Authorization Prerequisite Coursework.

Highlights of the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program

  • Complete your teaching credential program in one academic year; in 12 months, if you pursue the M.Ed. option. Begin in the summer and complete by spring in the next year.
  • Gain a California multiple subject teaching credential that is widely accepted by other states, giving you increased employment options.
  • Receive help in finding a teaching position from instructors who are well connected to the regional school leadership.
  • Study with faculty members who are experts in their field and widely respected in the California educational community.
  • Be supported by a teacher education faculty supervisor who matches you to a school and observes you in the field.
  • Intern as a full-time teacher under contract to a district, if you meet eligibility requirements. Submit a Request for Intern Letter of Eligibility, which is needed before you can interview for an intern position at a district or school.
  • Earn a Bilingual Authorization (Spanish) and learn to lead a dual language immersion classroom where you teach students to be bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.

Career Prospects for Elementary School Teachers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an increase in elementary school teaching positions of 6 percent between 2014 and 2024, which equals approximately 87,800 jobs. The median annual salary for elementary school teachers is $43,760.

For more information about the Teacher Education programs, contact:

Lina Canawati, Admissions Advisor (Last Name A-L)

Alex Arriaga, Admissions Advisor (Last Name M-Z)

1124 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-5225