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Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

The postgraduate Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California) program provides students with a fundamental knowledge base for education and developing learning environments for children from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

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37 units of coursework and fieldwork

Curriculum is guided by the CCTC

Qualifies candidates to teach K-12

Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Pacific Oaks Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential curriculum is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in the education of children. By engaging in supervised learning experiences, students in this Teaching Credentialing program learn about essential principles of pedagogy and child development.

All Pasadena courses have an online component; either blended with face to face instruction on campus or fully online. Throughout the program, students will take part in self-reflection, collaboration with others, and problem-solving.

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Sample Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Courses


ED 530: Methods of Teaching Language and Literacy in a Diverse Classroom

ED 530 will examine the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to K to 12th grade students in a diverse classroom that will consist of a full range of learners. Emphasis will be on incorporating the California Frameworks and Standards into both general and special education programs that also will draw on the children’s real-life experiences and knowledge about language. In a language environment that parallels that of a dynamic elementary school classroom, candidates will explore reading and language arts through readings, discussions, activities, observations, and reflection. The unique needs of English language learners and students with special needs will be addressed through learning how to organize and manage differentiated reading instruction. Key topics will include the reading process, phonemic awareness and phonics, elements of a balanced reading program including guided reading the writing process, lesson planning, inclusion, student assessments, children’s literature, enrichment versus deficit models of schooling, and an analysis of classroom discourse. Candidates will become skillful at implementing curriculum, instruction, assessment, and management strategies that relate to integrating reading and language arts across the content areas.

ED 549: Contemporary Methodologies in Teaching Mathematics

This course focuses on the advanced theoretical and practical aspects of teaching mathematics to students in a diverse classroom.  In keeping with the cognitive theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, brain research, and Gardner, emphasis will be placed on the implications of a constructivist theory in terms of the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and student learning.  This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of content consistent with state adopted (K-8) mathematics standards and the language needs of all learners. The interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics and the fostering of positive attitudes toward mathematics are stressed.  This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners to solve problems using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize and clarify mathematical misunderstandings that are common among (K-8) learners. Modifications for diverse learners and learners with exceptionalities are researched and applied through 15 hours of fieldwork experience. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

Sample Program Sequence




The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from the Bachelor’s Degree-Granting Institution
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*
  • Letter of Recommendation required for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation. However, applicants in the M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential programs will be granted admission for 1 semester or 2 sessions if they have scheduled their CBEST exam at the time of application. Students without passing CBEST scores at the time of admission must participate in the CBEST workshop and support programs provided by the College. These students must pass the CBEST exam within 1 semester or 2 sessions to be allowed to progress in the program. Students who fail to pass the CBEST within this timeframe will be given the opportunity to change to the M.A. Human Development program but must meet all admissions requirements for that program. Students who do not wish to change programs will be withdrawn. Students must request results of the exam be sent to Pacific Oaks College. The CBEST exam can be taken multiple times by the student, with a 45-day waiting period after each exam.