Sonoma State's Multiple Subject Credential Program Requirements

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Application Tips for Multiple Subject Credential Program

Basic Program and Structure

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The Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom at the pre-school through twelfth grade level. A self-contained classroom is one in which a variety of subjects are taught to the same group of students by the same teacher. In addition to the standard elementary education curriculum, the Multiple Subject Program prepares candidates to provide instruction for English language development and specially designed academic content instruction in English. Multiple Subject Credentials are typically used for teaching in elementary schools or self-contained settings.

California and University Multiple Subject Credential Requirements

Basic Skills Requirement – Provide ONLY ONE of the following:

  • Passage of the CBEST. Provide a copy of your PDF report of your passing scores
  • Passage of the College Board SAT English (500) & SAT Math (550)
  • Passage of the ACT English (22) & ACT Math (23)
  • Passage of the CSET: Writing Skills exam
  • Verification of AP English Language and Composition or the AP English Literature and Composition Exam (score of 3 or higher) and the AP Calculus or Statistics Exam (score of 3 or higher)
  • Original score report showing a score of “college ready” or “exempt” in the English and Math sections of the Early Assessment Program (EAP)
  • Original score report showing a score of 50 on the Entry Level Math (ELM) exam and 151 on the English Placement Test (EPT)
  • A combination of the scores from the EAP and the EPT/ELM as long as you have passed a section of the English and a section for Math

*In addition to the above, it is recommended that you request scores to be sent directly to SSU when registering for these exams.

Subject Matter Competency - CSET: Multiple Subjects exams (consists of 3 subtests)

  • Passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is required prior to enrolling in a Multiple Subject credential program. Note: The CBEST does NOT cover this requirement.
  • Program applicants should register for the appropriate CSET exams and request for scores to be reported to SSU. CSET test dates, test registration procedures, deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information.  
  • While passage of exam is not required, proof of exam registration is required as part of the application process.
  • We recommend that you take the CSET exam no later than the July test administration for Spring admission and no later than the January administration for Fall admission. Early passage of the exams will enable accepted candidates to register during our first registration period. The sooner the exams are taken the better as it takes 4-6 weeks to receive official test results. Failure to complete exams in a timely way will prohibit early registration and may delay assignment to a student teaching placement.

BA/BS Degree-Individuals may apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program if they have a Bachelor’s degree OR SSU senior status of 90 units toward graduation OR if integrated/blended student, prior to award of credential

Certificate of Clearance (or copy of previous CA credential)-file with application to the credential program. Clearance must be met for full program admission.

Negative T.B./Chest X-ray/Medical Evaluation results- This requirement must be completed prior to applying to program.

Legal Information Requirement- This requirement must be completed prior to registering for program courses. SSU matriculated students can complete via Moodle prior to applying to program.

Course or exam in U.S. Constitutioncomplete prior to award of the credential

Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA) (Please be sure to indicate the SSU is approved to receive scores)– complete prior to award of the credential

Valid CPR card copy which covers Infant, Child and Adult CPR skills –complete prior to award of the credential

Cumulative 3.0 grade point average upon completion of all program courses: Individual passing grade is a “C” or better –includes prerequisites and program coursework

Teacher Performance Assessment(four-part evaluation embedded in program) –complete during credential program

Credential Program Units
Prerequisites 6
Phase 1 20
Phase 2 20
Total Units 46


Course Number Units Course Title
EDUC 417 3 School and Society OR LIBS 312 (3) Schools in American Society
*EDMS 419 3

Identity and Agency for Socially Just Classroom and Communities

Note: Applicants who took EDMS 470 may substitute it for EDMS 419 through Fall 2022.

Credential Program Outline

Phase 1
Course Number Units Course Title

EDMS 463 or

EDMS 464

4 each

Teaching Literacy and Language in Elementary School (TK-2) OR

Teaching Literacy and Language in the Elementary School (3-6)

EDMS 474 4
Teaching Math in the Elementary School
EDMS 475 4
Teaching Science and the Arts in the Elementary School
EDMS 476S 2
Multiple Subject Phase I Seminar
EDMS 482P 3
Part-Time Student Teaching
EDSP 430 3
Introduction to Special Education


Phase 2
Course Number Units Course Title

EDMS 463 or

EDMS 464

4 each

Teaching Literacy and Language in Elementary School (TK-2) OR

Teaching Literacy and Language in the Elementary School (3-6)

EDMS 471 4
Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDMS 482S 2
Student Teaching Seminar
EDMS 482F 10
Full-Time Student Teaching

Program: 46 Semester Units (including prerequisites)

All candidates completing fieldwork (part-time student teaching or full-time student teaching) in basic teacher education programs are required to carry professional liability insurance. Sonoma State University provides this insurance at no cost to the student.

* PLEASE NOTE: If you do not pass all three subtests of the CSET PRIOR to full admission into the Multiple Subject program, you may petition to be admitted under our special admissions policy. For more information on this option, please email the Credentials Office at:

**These prerequisite courses MUST be satisfactorily completed prior to beginning the program. If you believe you have completed comparable coursework, you may petition to substitute these requirements. For more information on the petition process please contact the Credentials Office at Please note: Taking these courses does not guarantee admission into the credential program.