May 18, 2024  
2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
2011-2012 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Multiple Subject Credential (MSCP)

Anne Weisenberg, Ed.D., Multiple Subject Credential Program Coordinator

Karen Breshears, M.A., Teaching Internship Coordinator
Elmano Costa, Ed.D., Field Placement (Student Teaching) Coordinator
Juan Flores, Ed.D., Spanish BCLAD Adviser
Chris Vang, Ed.D., Southeast-Asian BCLAD Adviser

Note: There are no “catalog rights” in credential programs. Requirements, subject to change, are set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California State University, and CSU Stanislaus. Students must meet the current state requirements for the credential. For current state requirements, consult the Handbook for the Multiple Subject Credential Program, which is available online at

It is the mission of the Teacher Preparation Program to prepare candidates who are:

  1. Competent in their chosen areas
  2. Able to integrate subject-matter content with pedagogy appropriate to their field of study
  3. Culturally responsive and responsible, knowledgeable, and appreciative of the diversity among learners
  4. Committed to self-assessment and reflection
  5. Partners, educational advocates, and leaders at the school level and in the wider community, and
  6. Users of technology that enhances teaching and learning

Beginning in January 2004, CSU Stanislaus began offering a Senate Bill 2042 Credential, which authorizes the holder to teach:

  • All subjects in self-contained classes from kindergarten through high school
  • “Core” classes in middle/junior high school and high school

In practice, most holders of the Multiple Subject Credential teach in grades K-6, with a substantial number teaching “core” classes in grades 7-8. Only a few teach in high schools. Credential program courses are offered in Turlock, Stockton, and Merced.

Emphases in the Multiple Subject Credential Program

CSU Stanislaus offers the following emphases (specializations) in the Multiple Subject Credential:

  • BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development) — prepares holders to teach in bilingual as well as English-only classrooms. BCLAD emphasis is available in the following languages: Spanish, Lao, Hmong, Khmer, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Arabic (some language emphases begin after January of 2011; contact the Department of Teacher Education for further information). Candidates for the BCLAD must be able to speak, read, and write the language as demonstrated in a test offered by the Department of Teacher Education.

Undergraduate Preparation for the Bilingual Multiple Subject Credential Program

Students planning to obtain a credential with a BCLAD emphasis are encouraged to enroll in the Bilingual/Cross-cultural concentration in the Liberal Studies program. Students with other majors are also accepted into the BCLAD credential program, provided they can speak, read, and write the language of emphasis.

  • Certificate in Primary Language Support — This certificate has no legal bearing, but can be used in an application to demonstrate preparation to support students who are English learners by providing instructional support in the primary language. Candidates for this certificate must demonstrate ability to speak the languages (for example, Spanish, Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, Cambodian [Khmer], Portuguese, Punjabi, or Assyrian), but do not have to be able to read and write the language.

Internship Program

The internship program permits students in the Multiple Subject Credential Program to obtain employment as a teacher in collaborating school districts while completing the requirements for the Preliminary Credential. Interns must still complete all the courses and tests in the credential program. The only difference is that interns do not have to complete student teaching practicum; they get credit for student teaching practicum from their paid intern teaching position. To qualify for internship, students must meet all of these requirements:

  • B.A./B.S. degree
  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) exam
  • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subjects Examination
  • College coursework or an examination on U.S. Constitution
  • Employment with a school district that is a partner with CSU Stanislaus in the intern program
  • Tuberculosis (TB) clearance
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance)

Consult the Intern Handbook online at for specific procedures and requirements.

Application Procedures

  • Submit completed application packet (see the Application Form for exact contents).
  • Attend a mandatory orientation session.
  • Be interviewed by a committee composed of University professors and representatives of school districts.

Application packets are available:

Applications are submitted about six months prior to the semester in which the student plans to enroll. For fall semester, the program begins accepting applications the second Monday in February and for spring semester the second Monday in September. Exact dates are noted on the cover of the application packet, or you may contact the Department of Teacher Education for information on timelines.

General Requirements for Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs

  1. Application and Admission to CSU Stanislaus and the Credential Program – Requires Separate Applications, Fees, and Transcripts. The application to the University is separate from the application to the credential program.

Credential applicants must already be CSU Stanislaus students or have applied to the University at the time they apply to the credential program. University applications are available at the Turlock Campus at the Graduate School, at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center, or online at

Application to the University requires a separate set of transcripts and separate fees. If students graduate while in the credential program, they must reapply to the University in a timely manner (about six months prior to graduating) and be readmitted as graduate students to continue in the program.

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Admittance

    The required GPA is 2.75 in the last 60 units or 2.67 overall.
  1. Tuberculosis Clearance

Students must show proof of having completed a screening for tuberculosis in the last 4 years.

  1. Certificate of Clearance

Applicants must submit fingerprints via “livescan” and be “cleared” before working with students. The clearance is processed through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) conduct background checks. When cleared, a student will receive by e-mail from the Commission a “Certificate of Clearance.”

Program Requirements

Please note that there are five sets of requirements: general requirements (above), competency requirements, prerequisite requirements, corequisite course requirements, and program course requirements. The general requirements, competency requirements, prerequisite, and corequisite course requirements may be transferred from other colleges/universities. The program course requirements are the same for the BCLAD emphasis, with the exception of the primary reading methods course.

I. Competency Requirements

  1. CSET Multiple Subjects Examination —
    With their application, all candidates must submit proof of passage of the CSET Multiple Subject Examination.

    Candidates who are not in the CSU Stanislaus Liberal Studies programs must pass all three subtests to be admitted to the credential program.

    All three subtests must be passed the semester prior to student teaching.
  2. Basic Skills Requirement — With their application, all candidates must submit proof of passage or registration of ONE of the following options:
    1. CBEST EXAM* (all 3 sections):
    2. CSET Writing Skills Exam*:
    3. CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP): English and Math taken in Spring of 11th grade with a “College Ready” or “Exempt” score.
    4. CSU Placement Examinations: English Placement Test (EPT) with a score of 151 and Entry Level Math (ELM) with a score of 50.

      *Passage is required by the MSCP application deadline.  Candidates in the CSUS Liberal Studies programs do not have to pass in order to be admitted at this time, but must submit proof of taking examp.  ALL candidates must meet the requirement by the semester before student teaching.
  3. Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) —
    This test assesses a candidate’s knowledge of how to teach reading. It is advisable that credential students take this exam only after completing the credential program course on how to teach reading. This exam must be passed to earn the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. Candidates should request that CSU Stanislaus receive electronic verification of passage (no paper verification will be necessary). If this is not possible, candidates must submit actual paper transcripts as verification of passing.
  4. California Teacher Performance Assessments (CA TPAs) — Teacher candidates must complete and pass the four CA TPA tasks.  These tasks are separate, but are interrelated.  Each task was designed with a specific sequence in mind as students learn to plan lessons, develop assessment plans, deliver instruction, and reflect and analyze lessons.  The coursework within the Credential Program will prepare students for the CA TPAs.  TAP orientation meetings are held at the beginning of each semester for students to better understand the process.  See also TAP Handbook available online at
  5. OPTIONAL — Preliminary Educational Technology Requirement Examination —
    To obtain the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, candidates must meet the Preliminary Educational Technology Requirement. This requirement can be met in one of two ways:
    1. Pass the Preliminary Educational Technology Requirement Examination or
    2. Pass EDIT 4170 Educational Technology Foundations course for 2 units after being admitted to the credential program.

II. Prerequisite Requirements

(prior to taking methods courses)

These requirements must be met prior to taking courses in the credential program, but do not have to be met prior to submitting an application.

  1. English Composition
    There are two ways to meet this requirement:
    1. Complete an upper-division English composition course listed as a “WP” in the catalog, or having passed equivalent test or completed an equivalent course at another university, or
    2. Obtain a score of 41 or higher on the writing section of the CBEST. Score transcripts for the CBEST must be submitted to the Credentials Processing Center Office if the CBEST score is used to meet this requirement.
  2. Early Field Experience
    Candidates must complete 45 hours of observation and have experience working with students in classrooms (grades K-8) prior to being admitted to the credential program. These 45 hours may be from required observations completed in courses; volunteering in a classroom; or from employment as an instructional aide, tutor, substitute teacher or regular teacher; or other equivalent experience.
  3. Entry-Level Basic Computer Competency
    The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires that candidates applying for entry into multiple subject or single subject credential programs demonstrate proficiency with technology. This requirement can be satisfied in one of two ways: by completing a computer course (almost any computer course counts) or by submitting documentation which demonstrates knowledge of word processing, Internet usage, presentation software, and email usage as noted on Form VI in the Application Packet.
  4. Pass CSET Multiple Subject Examination
    Candidates who are not admitted into the Liberal Studies “Yellow” or “Blue” Programs must pass all three subtests of this exam prior to beginning to take program courses. See note above in #1 Competency Requirements — CSET Multiple Subjects Examination.
  5. Basic Skills Requirement — See note above in #2 Competency Requirements.

III. Corequisite (Concurrent) Course Requirements

All of these corequisite courses should be completed prior to admittance to the credential program, but may be taken concurrently.

  1. American Government/Constitution — PSCI 1201, American Government or equivalent (may be lower division). If the equivalent of this course was passed by exam, the results must be posted on an official college transcript and submitted with the Multiple Subject Credential Program application. Equivalent courses at local community colleges are as follows: Modesto Junior College (MJC) - POLSC 101, 102, or 110, HIST 101; Delta College - HIST 17A, 27, or 30A, POLSC 1; Merced College - HIST 17A, POSC 1; Columbia College - PLSC 10.

Note: Students who earned their B.A./B.S. at a California State University campus are automatically given credit for this requirement since it is a requirement to earn the degree.

  1. Child Development — PSYC/CDEV 3140, Human Development I: Childhood or equivalent (may be lower division). Equivalent courses at local community colleges are as follows: MJC - Psych 141 or Child Develop 245; Delta College - FCS 21; Merced College - FSCS 9 or 29, Psych 9 or 29; Columbia College - CHILD 1. 
  2. Second Language Experience
    Non-BCLAD emphasis (students not earning a Bilingual Credential) — Applicants should consult the “Options for Completing the Second Language Experience” form included in the Program Handbook for alternative experiences that count toward meeting this requirement (there are 16 options). Generally, it is 3 units of foreign or sign language or 2 years of high school foreign language (same language).

    BCLAD Emphasis – Pass Language Proficiency Exam. Candidates will take a proficiency test prior to or upon admittance to the program. Students should check the Teacher Education website for information on how to fulfill the Spanish Language proficiency assessment requirement, or take  .

IV. Credential Program Course Requirements

Note: EDMS 4100 and 4150 may be completed prior to formal admittance to the credential program. All other courses can only be completed after being admitted to the program.  Students completing the Bilingual Credential should take the method courses identified on the class schedule as “BCLAD Spanish” offered in Fall only.

A. Traditional Pathway

Semester 1 and Summer Term

Semester 2

(After passing CSET Multiple Subjects and Writing Examinations and completing co-requisite courses and program courses listed above)


Candidates with three years teaching experience in accredited private schools may be exempt from student teaching practicum as per the provisions of the Scott Bill – contact the coordinator for more information.

B. Integrated Pathway

Integrated Methods and Practice Alternative

Many students entering the MSCP have had limited contact with students and the classroom.  These students benefit from a program that integrates theory and practice for a full year in the Integrated Methods and Practice Program.  The concrete experiences in the schools for half a day all year long ground the abstract theory they learn in their methods courses.

Student Selection

Students apply for this pathway with only 30 students per year admitted.  Candidates must have passed the CSET Multiple Subject Examination and Basic Skills Requirement prior to being considered.  Once admitted, students sign a memorandum agreeing that they cannot leave the program until it is done.  That is, they cannot become interns for the second semester of the program.

Basic Design

Students do student teaching concurrent with methods courses.  However, following the intern model, students are assigned to a school for a full year—from the beginning to the end of the school year.  Instead of teaching the whole day, students teach half a day and are paid to work in the classrooms for the other half of the day or take methods courses, if not paid.  Because students are assigned to the school site for the whole year, the program only begins in the Fall Semester and ends in the Spring Semester.  An additional option is to student teach the full year 2 1/2 days a week, leaving 2 1/2 days to substitute teach or take courses.

Integrated Pathway Options

Option 1: Unpaid Position

Tentative Daily Schedule

Monday to Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Assigned to site for Student Teaching Practicum (UNPAID)

12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.:  Methods courses at University


Student free time

Option 2: Paid Position

Tentative Daily Schedule (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Monday to Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Assigned to site for Student Teaching Practicum (UNPAID)

Afternoon:  Paid time at school, hours to be determined by district

Late Afternoon and Evening:  Courses


Student works at school if in a paid position; student free time, if position is not paid.

Suggested Course Sequence for Integrated Pathway Students

C. Intern Pathway

Suggested Course Sequence for Interns

The sequence of courses for interns is only suggested because the actual sequence is dependent on courses completed and needing to be completed at the time a student becomes an intern.

Option 1 - Internship Begins in the First Semester

This option is for students who become interns prior to completing the first semester of program courses.  Intern candidates must have 120 hours teaching experience (post-baccalaureate).

Internship Semester 1

(16 units: 11 course units and 5 student teaching units)

1. Complete the following course:

(3 units)

3. Complete the following required courses:

Option 2 - Internship Begins After Completing Courses in the Credential Program

Option 3 - Scott Bill (SB 57) Early Completion Option (ECO) for Interns

To qualify for this option, candidates must be employed as interns in a school district that is a partner with CSU Stanislaus in the Intern Program, and must also meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance
  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirement
  • Pass the CSET Multiple Subjects Exam
  • Meet the U.S. Constitution Requirement
  • Pass the Praxis II Teaching Foundations Exam (TFE) — register at
  • Pass the California Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA), Tasks 1-4
Internship: One Semester

Candidates who meet the requirements for the ECO option listed above will then be supervised in their intern teaching experience for one semester. They will register in:

To qualify for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, candidates must also:

  • Demonstrate mastery of all the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) via the observation of classroom lessons and evidence collected in Portfolios
  • Pass the Preliminary Education Technology Exam or complete EDIT 4170 Educational Technology Foundations
  • Pass RICA exam
  • Pass all four California Teacher Performance Assessments

Candidates who are unable to demonstrate mastery of any TPEs, or pass the RICA exam or any of the TPAs, will have an Individualized Plan that stipulates courses and/or experiences that will assist the candidate in meeting the requirements. This plan will be developed by the Coordinator in consultations with the candidate, the university supervisor, the mentor teacher, and the site administrator.

For more information about this option, contact the Program Coordinator.