Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

with optional Bilingual Authorization*

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the teaching credential programs, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the School of Education, applicants must also show that they have met the California basic skills requirement and demonstrate that they have subject matter competency in the areas in which they intend to teach.

Candidates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, can meet the basic skills requirement and demonstrate subject matter competency by passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the Multiple Subjects California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). An alternative is for these candidates to pass the CSET: Writing Skills Exam in lieu of the CBEST.

All credential students also choose and enroll in one of the master of arts programs listed in Teacher Education.

Credential Curriculum

Preliminary Multiple Subject (MS) Teaching Credential

A total of 36 credits is required to complete the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential..
Teacher Education course descriptions are in the USF General Catalog online.
Course schedule is subject to change.

1st Semester | 13 credits

TEC 600 - Teaching, Learning & Technology (2 credits)
TEC 610 - Learning & Teaching (3 credits)
TEC 618 - Teaching for Diversity & Social Justice (3 credits)
TEC 621 - MS Curriculum & Instruction: Early Literacy (3 credits)
TEC 643 - Education of Exceptional Children (2 credits)


2nd Semester | 13 credits

TEC 611 - Education of Bilingual Children: Theory & Practice (3 credits)
TEC 630 - MS Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (2 credits)
TEC 612 - MS Curriculum & Instruction: Reading & Language Arts in the Intermediate Grades (3 credits)
TEC 613 - MS Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science (3 credits)
TEC 616 - MS Student Teaching I (2 credits)


3rd Semester | 10 credits

TEC 601 - Teacher Portfolio Development (1 credit)
TEC 642 - Health Education (1 credit)
TEC 605 - MS Student Teaching II - Fieldwork (4 credits)
TEC 606 - MS Student Teaching III - Fieldwork or
TEC 607 - MS Student Teaching III - Bilingual Authorization (4 credits)


*Optional Bilingual Authorization

Bilingual Authorization candidates are required to take two courses in addition to their preliminary credential program prior to or concurrently with MS Student Teaching III:

  • TEC 635 - Language & Culture of Emphasis: Spanish
    (2 credits) Fall only
  • TEC 636 - Methods & Materials in the Language of Emphasis: Spanish (2 credits) Spring only
  • TEC 607 - MS Student Teaching III - Bilingual Authorization. Candidates complete a student teaching placement in a bilingual classroom.

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish is open to candidates who satisfy language proficiency requirements. Students must demonstrate satisfactory language proficiency competence prior to enrolling in Bilingual Authorization courses.

In addition, written and oral knowledge of Spanish at an FSI Level 3 ("Able to speak, read, and write in the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate in most formal and informal communications on practical, social, and professional topics.") or its equivalent, must be demonstrated prior to Student Teaching II and III.