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
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 www.csustan.edu/TeacherEd.
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.
Multiple Subject Credential Program - Bilingual Authorization
Bilingual authorization— prepares holders to teach in bilingual as well as English-only classrooms. Bilingual authorization is available in the following languages: Spanish, Lao, Hmong, Khmer, Portuguese, Vietnameses, Punjabi, Farsi, and Arabic. Candidates for the bilingual authorization credential must be able to speak, read, and write in the target language. Credential candidates wishing to earn the bilingual authorization for languages other than Spanish should take the CSET LOTE exams in the target language and culture. See the MSCP Bilingual flyer on our web page at www.csustan.edu/TeacherEd/Bilingual.html or obtain a copy of the flyer in the Teacher Education Department, DBH 330.
Credential candidates will also take the Multiple Subjects methods and student teaching courses.
Students planning to obtain a credential with a Bilingual authorization are encouraged to enroll in the Bilingual/Cross-cultural concentration in the Liberal Studies program. Students with other majors are also accepted into the Bilingual Authorization program, provided they can speak, read, and write the language of authorization.
Concurrent Enrollment in Special Education
There is an option to receive dual credentials with concurrent enrollment in Educational Specialist: Mild and Moderate Disabilities. See concurrent enrollment information sheet on the Special Education website at http://www.csustan.edu/teachered/SpecialEd/handbooks.html for complete information.
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
- Basic Skills Requirement
- 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 www.csustan.edu/TeacherEd for specific procedures and requirements.
- Submit completed application packet (see the Application Form for exact contents).
- Attend a mandatory program 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 in January and for spring semester in August. Exact dates are noted on the application, or you may contact Credential Services for information on timelines.
General Requirements for Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs
- Application for Admission to the CSU Stanislaus Graduate School and to the Credential Program – Requires Separate Applications and Fees. The application to the University is different 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 online at www.csumentor.edu.
Application to the University requires transcripts and separate fees. If students graduate with a B.A./B.S. 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.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for Admittance
The required GPA is 2.75 in the last 60 units or 2.67 overall.
- Tuberculosis Clearance
Students must show proof of having completed a screening for tuberculosis in the last 4 years.
- 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.”