Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

Mission: We invite candidates in the teacher education program at FPU to embrace teaching as a calling to redemptive service. We expect our graduates will become scholars, professionals, peacemakers and leaders as they enter the teaching profession.

This credential includes coursework that provides you with an understanding of the history of schools, theories of teaching and learning, and methods of teaching. It emphasizes training prospective teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards. Students apply what they learn in coursework to the practical challenges of teaching during their early field experience and student teaching. This credential program prepares candidates to teach in multilingual, multicultural communities and is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC) and recognized by private schools, as well.

Unique Features

  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice
  • Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts
  • Collaborative learning community and quality mentorship
  • High rate of employment

Subjects Available:

The multiple subjects preliminary credential prepares candidates to teach in general education elementary and middle school classrooms where they teach the range of subjects (math, science, history and the arts).

Degree Program

Teacher Education Program

Our Graduates

Upon completion of the program requirements, candidates are recommended for a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, allowing them to seek subject area teaching positions in elementary and middle schools.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application form and fee
  • Three reference forms (see form below)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of  3.0 or higher
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • Teacher Education Addendum (see form below)
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints - see form below)
  • Official passing results on Basic Skills Test
  • Official passing results on CSET
Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Students have the option of either enrolling as a full-time student through the program or as a part-time student until their final student teaching. The program may be started in summer, fall and/or spring. We treat all students as individuals, so plans can be modified to meet individual needs. All applicants are urged to meet with a program advisor to select the program plan that best meets their needs.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The multiple subjects preliminary credential is offered as a part of FPU's combined credential/MAT program. However, some students may choose to enroll in the credential-only program. Credential-only students who change their mind and wish to enroll in the MAT program need to complete a Change of Enrollment form (available in the Graduate and Degree Completion Office).

Total Units: 35 units

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Program information and tuition subject to change.