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Online Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Students in the Online California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program will learn how to create inclusive learning environments for classrooms from kindergarten through grade 12.

49 units of coursework and fieldwork

Guided by CCTC standards

Qualifies to teach in K-12

Acknowledging multiple influences on child development and learning, this online, teacher-credentialing program emphasizes the importance of developing respectful and reciprocal relationships to create supportive and challenging learning environments. The online Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program focuses on strategies of inclusion, issues of equity, social justice, and cultural competence.

Other Credentials and Continuing Learning Programs

  • B.A. Early Childhood Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential
  • M.A. Education: Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • M.A. Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Sample Courses

Advanced Social, Political, & Economic Foundations of Education

This course is designed to provide the teacher candidate with the theory, philosophy, and examples of the social, political, and economic foundations of education. Emphasis in this course will be on historical, legal and ethical, philosophical and political issues that occur in both general education and special education settings. In addition, this course provides both an overview of the teacher certification process in California and focuses on broad educational issues of structures, policies, equity, and what it means to be a teacher in a public school. Specifically, candidates will investigate the following general and special education topics: federal, state, and local structures; governance and demographics; education finance; standardized testing; teacher associations; California laws; school reform trends; and professional development.

Advanced Cognitive Development and 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. It is through this course that each student completes the CalTPA task “Designing Instruction” as a performance- based measure of the knowledge and skills taught in this course.

Advanced Utilizing and Infusing Technology into Teaching

This course provides candidates with the knowledge necessary to select, evaluate, and integrate a variety of technologies into their instructional and assessment strategies. The focus of the instruction will be on building competencies in, and the legal and ethical safe use of technology to support student learning and communication strategies geared to the use of technology that cover the following areas: parent and student communication, record keeping, lesson and unit plans, online searches and research, presentations, and creating assessments and evaluations. While this course will prepare candidates to use the technologies related to these strategies, it is expected that candidates will use these skills to also create the required portfolio for this program.

Additional Locations



Fieldwork consists of observation, practicum, and student teaching. Students may be able to complete a portion of their fieldwork at their current place of employment, upon approval from the Credential Analyst. Prior to beginning fieldwork a background check and TB test is required.

Student Teaching is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. Placement is secured solely through the Credential Analyst. All students, district employed supervisors, field work supervisors and support staff are required to attend the Fall and Spring Student Teaching Orientation.


The California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.

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 2.5
  • 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.