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Multiple Subject Credential Program: K- 5/6th Grade

UC Riverside's Multiple Subject Credential programs prepares you to be an outstanding teacher or a leader in a school district. Some of the research conducted at the School of Education focuses on the challenges of serving a diverse student population, and you will learn to evaluate this educational research and apply best practices in the field.

By the time you complete the program you will have a credential to teach in California, a designation that is widely accepted in other states and gives you access to career options. You can choose to earn credentials only, or a dual Master's with credentials. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Program Overview
    • Tuition approximately $18-$23,000. See Registrar page for more current fee information.
    • Scholarships and financial aid available including the Dean's Automatic Scholarship if apply before priority deadline
    • The program can be completed in just one-year June to June (4 Quarters)
    • Field and practicum experiences completed at assigned school sites with partnering school districts during the day
    • Late afternoon and evening classes on the UCR campus
    • Bilingual Authorization Option in Spanish


  • MS Courses and Schedules
  • What does the MS Credential get you?

    The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes you to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. Typically, this is in elementary schools, grades K-6. In addition, this credential prepares you to teach English learners and provide instruction for English language development.


  • Admissions
    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution 
    • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA based in the baccalaureate program
    • Passage of Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Official degree posted transcripts 
    • How to apply - Teacher Education Admissions


  • Multiple Subjects International Applicants/Non-U.S. Residents

    Special Information for applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

    For an application to be considered for review, international applicants must complete the requirements listed below prior to submitting the application. These items are required by the state of California in order to participate in a Teacher Preparation Program, receive a teaching credential, and are considered part of our regular admission requirements. Please note: the application fee is non-refundable.

    Certificate of Clearance

    If you are an international applicant on a student visa, a non-U.S. citizen, or a non-U.S. permanent resident and you are applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), please note the following: in order to be eligible for student teaching, all applicants must complete a Certificate of Clearance through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The Certificate of Clearance application requires a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). For information on obtaining a SSN or ITIN, visit the IRS website. All candidates must obtain a Certificate of Clearance before the application deadline to be eligible for admission. Learn more about the Certificate of Clearance.

    Student teaching is mandatory for all TEP students in order to complete the required coursework and obtain a teaching credential. If a student is not able to begin student teaching, he/she/they will need to withdraw from the program. Applicants who are ineligible to obtain a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax I.D. Number should talk to an advisor before applying. If you have questions, contact us at


    The International Affairs Office: 

    The Undocumented Student Programs: 

    Foreign Transcript Evaluation

    Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents. The complete transcript evaluation must be uploaded into the application prior to the deadline for the application to be considered for review.  Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved organization. Learn more about Foreign Transcript Evaluations.  

    Please note: the UC Riverside’s Graduate Division has additional requirements for international applicants. Please review their Required Documentation from International Institutions


  • Required Multiple Subject Exams
    Multiple Subject CSET
    • Subtest I (test code 101)
    • Subtest II (test code 214)
    • Subtest III (test code 103)

    For information on Spanish Bilingual Authorization CSETs test structure, please visit

    Spanish Bilingual Authorization
    1. Spanish Subtest III (test code 147)
    2. Spanish Subtest IV (test code 250)
    3. Spanish Subtest V (test code 258)

    For information on Spanish Bilingual Authorization CSETs test structure, please visit

  • School District Partnerships
    • Alvord USD (BILA student teaching) 
    • Fontana USD (BILA student teaching)
    • Jurupa USD (BILA student teaching and student teaching) 
    • Moreno Valley USD
    • Riverside USD (Scholarship Page Link)
    • San Bernardino (Local Solutions Grants)
    • Val Verde USD


  • More Questions?

    For more information, visit our Admissions page


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