May 28, 2020  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Multiple Subject Credential (MSCP)

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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

Teacher Education Department Phone:  (209) 667-3357

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

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, Arabic, French, Hmong, Khmer, Portuguese,  Punjabi, and Vietnamese. 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 Authorization flyer on the web page at 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 Multiple Subject and Special Education Credentialed Programs

There is an option to receive dual credentials with concurrent enrollment in Multiple Subjects and Educational Specialist: Mild to Moderate Disabilities.  See concurrent enrollment information sheet for complete details on the Special Education website at

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. 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 an internship, students must meet the following requirements:

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 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 the Multiple Credential Program

  1. 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

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.

  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 within 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 an email from the Commission verfying the “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 Bilingual Authorization, with the exception of the Reading/Language Arts Methods and the Multilingual Methods courses.

I. Competency Requirements

  1. CSET Multiple Subjects Examination -
    All candidates must submit proof of passage of the CSET Multiple Subject Examination by the application deadline.

    Candidates who are not in the CSU Stanislaus Liberal Studies program must pass all three CSET subtests to be admitted to the credential program. CSU Stanislaus Liberal Studies students must pass two subtests by the application deadline.

    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 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.
  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. The coursework within the Credential Program prepares students for the CA TPAs.  TPA orientation meetings are held each semester for students to better understand the process.  See TPA Handbook available online at
  5. 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 two subtests of the Preliminary Educational Technology CSET or pass EDIT 4170 Educational Technology Foundations course for 2 units.

 F.  Complete CPR Certification that includes Infant/Child/Adult (It must meet the American Red Cross or American Heart Association Criteria).

II. Prerequisite Requirements

(prior to taking methods courses)

The 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
    All CSU graduates will have met this requirement as part of their BA/BS degree.  This requirement can be met by one of the following options:
    1. Complete an upper-division writing 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 Credential Services Office if the CBEST score is used to meet this requirement.
    3. Completed on upper division composition course with a grade of C or better.
  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. (Not required for CSU Stanislaus Liberal Studies majors).

III. Corequisite (Concurrent) Course Requirements

The following 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 automatically receive credit for this requirement.

  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-Bilingual Authorization (students not earning a Bilingual Authorization) - 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).  Note:  EDUC 4460 meets this requirement for students earning the Spanish Bilingual Authorization.
  3. Bilingual Authorization- PassCSET/LOTE (Languages other than English) 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. 

A. Traditional Pathway

Semester 1 and Summer Term*

 *denotes courses traditionally offered in Summer term.

2. Reading/Language Arts Methods

Take one course, depending on program emphasis (5 units):

3. Complete the following courses:

Semester 2

(After passing CSET Multiple Subjects and Writing Examinations and completing the co-requisite courses and program courses listed above), students will take:


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

Students entering the Multiple Subject Credential Program 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 grounds 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

Student teaching is done concurrently 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 take methods courses.  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.

See the MSCP Handbook for more information.

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