Multiple Subject (Elementary School) Teaching Credential

The Multiple Subject Credential (MSC) is the teaching credential required to work in self-contained classrooms, usually in grades Tk-6. The SFSU MSC program prepares teachers to work effectively in multilingual, racially, and culturally diverse classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our faculty and student body are committed to creating a more socially just world through education. Graduates of our program become part of a large, strong network of teacher leaders in our region.

We offer a variety of pathways for completing the Multiple Subject Credential, including bilingual authorization in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin and the option to combine earning and M.A. degree and completion of the MSC program. Please explore our available options to decide what’s right for you!

One Year Summer Start Program Overview

The one year program provides an intensive teacher education experience that prepares graduates to rapidly take on the full responsibilities of classroom teaching. The program begins in July with two preparatory courses and continues for two full time semesters. Features of this pathway include:

  • Full time schedule with primarily daytime hours, well suited for students who need a schedule that matches school hours
  • Two student teaching placements (Fall and Spring) to prepare students for the range of grade levels for which they may be hired
  • Coursework that is integrated into practicum placements to support application of university learning to classroom teaching practice
  • Cohort model to provide academic and social support
  • Option to continue toward MA degree after credential, while working full time as a teacher

One Year Summer Start Completion Pathway

One Year Summer Start Completion Pathway
  Summer Fall Spring
Courses EED 756 Practicum Seminar 1 EED 786 Seminar in Learning and Development EED 777* C&I Science
  EED 701 Foundations of Education EED 782 Teaching Reading and Language Arts EED 737* Social Studies, Social Justice, and Literacy
    EED 784 C&I Math EED 758 Practicum Seminar 3
    ITEC 711 Technology in Elementary Schools  
Fieldwork   EED 746 (4 units)  EED 758 (6 units) 
    15 hours/ week  4 days/ week for 16 weeks (January start)
    2.5days   

*EED 777 and EED 737 are taught as intensive, hybrid learning modules. Students spend one full week immersed in content and pedagogy, supplemented by online sessions and practicum-based assignments.

Special Financial Aid Information for One Year Program Applicants

Students who wish to follow the one year completion pathway must apply for Summer admissions. Students who are interested in applying for financial aid assistance for the summer term must complete the current year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For example, if you are admitted for the Summer 2020 term, you must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA application. If you are interested in financial aid assistance for the subsequent fall and spring terms, you must complete the upcoming year’s FAFSA (2020-2021 aid year). Both applications can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov.

Three Semester Program Overview

The three semester SFSU Multiple Subject Credential Program provides comprehensive preparation for graduates to become highly effective teachers across a range of elementary grade classrooms (typically grades Tk-6). Features of this pathway include:

  • Student teaching placements across every semester of enrollment that gradually build toward full responsibility for classroom instruction
  • Coursework that is integrated into practicum placements to support application of university learning to classroom teaching practice
  • Cohort model to provide academic and social support
  • Option to integrate M.A. degree requirements concurrently with credential coursework OR completion of M.A. degree after credential, while working as a full time teacher

Sample Completion Pathway

Exact order of some classes will vary by cohort

Sample Completion Pathway
  Semester 1  Semester 2  Semester 3 
Courses EED 756 Practicum Seminar 1 EED 786 Seminar in Learning and Development EED 758 Practicum Seminar 3
  EED 701 Foundations of Education EED 784 C&I Math   
  EED 782 Teaching Reading and Language Arts EED 737 Social Studies, Social Justice, and Literacy  
  EED 777 C&I Science ITEC 711 Technology in Elementary Schools  
Fieldwork EED 687 (3 units)  EED 747 (3 units)  EED 748 (4 units) 
  12 hrs/ week  12 hrs/ week  4 days/ week 
MA* (optional)   1 MA class if admitted to MA pathway  1 MA class if admitted to MA pathway 

Students who choose to begin M.A. coursework concurrently will complete the four remaining M.A. classes after the credential program. These can be completed while working full time as a teacher.