At the California School of Education (CSOE), we believe that education is the great equalizer, and that every classroom should have a qualified teacher at the helm—regardless of the zip code. Our Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential Program is for those who feel a calling to shape future generations as elementary school teachers in general education. This program prepares you to become a teacher-of-record in any self-contained Pre-K/T-K – 8 classroom within California, offering instruction and leadership so you can provide a well-rounded and comprehensive education to each and every student in your classrooms.
Fully Online Program
CSOE’s Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential program is now fully online, meaning all coursework can be completed from the comfort of your home, on your time.
Hands-On Learning, Tailored Guidance
Although instruction is delivered in an online format, you’ll never have to worry about going it alone. As part of our online teaching credential programs, we will pair you up with a field supervisor who will provide mentorship through online observations and one-on-one coaching sessions.
Multiple Degree Pathways
Choose from Student Teaching, Intern Teaching, and Early Completion Intern Teaching options so that you can receive the experience you need in the way you want.
“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn SerranoCSOE Alumna
Three Ways to Earn Your Multiple-Subject Credential Online
Alliant offers three different pathways toward earning your Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential in California:
The Student Teaching Option provides the ideal environment to study pedagogy and apply it in the classroom under the guidance of a Master Teacher before you begin your career as a full-time teacher-of-record. Under the Student Teaching Option, you will complete a 16-week student teaching assignment in two different grade levels. Learn more about our Student Teaching option.
Standard Intern Teaching
The Intern Teaching Option is ideal for candidates who wish to pursue their California teaching certification while continuing to earn an income as a paid teacher-of-record. Intern Teaching candidates. Learn more about our Standard Intern Teaching option.
Early Completion Intern Teaching Option (ECO)
The Early Completion Option is an abbreviated version of the Standard Intern Teaching Option. The ECO is ideal for experienced classroom teachers who have not yet earned a preliminary California teaching credential. Admission to the ECO program is contingent upon successful completion of assessment exams designated by the CCTC. Learn more about the Early Completion Intern Teaching Option.
English Learner Authorization
All credential programs receive English Learner authorization embedded within the credential program.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The career prospects for those wishing to become a teacher are strong as the nation’s population continues to rise at a relatively steady rate. While the growth percentages may not look extravagant at first glance—8% for high-school education, 8% for middle-school education, and 7% for elementary education—they represent a job pool of over 3,000,000 positions in the U.S. today, with another 200,000 added between now and 2026 and an exceptionally large workforce for our graduates of the MAE with Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential program to enter in to.
Graduates of our Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential program will often end up teaching at the elementary-school level, where the increased generality a multiple-subject credential affords is at its most necessary and useful, though many of this program’s graduates go on to teach at the middle- and high-school levels, and in other settings, as well. Other career options include becoming a school principal, a classroom materials creator, adult and secondary educator, policy maker, and a professional tutor.
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.
Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about financial aid options here.
Yes, this program will graduate you well-prepared to both take and pass the following teacher-licensure exams in California: The Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) Exam, the CSET exams, the TPA exams, and the RICA exam. If you wish to be a teacher in another state or region, you will have to take and pass those state- and region-specific licensure exams.
The Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential is either a 21-, 28-, or 30-credit program, depending on your internship track, and takes a minimum of 1 year to complete, over 5 or 6 terms.
Program Campus Locations
The Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.
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