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Online Master’s in Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Combining advanced study in theory and practice with the academic requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, the online M.A. Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential program allows students to take the step toward advancing their careers while balancing life and work commitments.

2 1/2 years full-time or 4 1/2 years part-time

55 units required for completion

Three units of practicum, including observation in various age groups, abilities and diversities required.

Online M.A. Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

This online joint degree/credential program combines online learning and fieldwork—available in over 25 local public schools—enabling students to understand the connection between theory and practice. The Master of Arts in Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential is designed for candidates dedicated to instructional leadership in the K-6 setting. Courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential and meet requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Education.

This online education degree program is not available to students who live outside of California.

Sample Courses

Advanced Integrated Thematic Instruction

This course focuses on the epistemologies, pedagogies, and learning theories that impact the development of an integrated Science, Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts curriculum unit. Topics in these content areas will be approached through hands-on learning, critical thinking, and using the community as a real-world text to design and implement effective learning experiences for diverse classroom environments. Students will also develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice by creating a thematic unit that demonstrates their ability to think creatively, plan instruction based on statewide standards, and utilize school and community resources. This course includes intentional practice of classroom management, active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically and academically diverse learners, lesson planning, and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Modifications for diverse learners and learners with exceptionalities are researched.

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.

Other M.A. Education & Teacher Credentialing Programs


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
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*

*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.


Consists of observation and practicum in local Southern California, Los Angeles area community settings as well as student teaching, which is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students may be able to complete a portion of their fieldwork at their current place of employment, upon approval.