Become an Elementary School Teacher

The online Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program at the California School of Education is an excellent fit for those wishing to help shape future generations as elementary school teachers in general education.

Our multiple subject online credential program prepares you to become a teacher-of-record in any self-contained K-12 classroom within California, offering instruction and leadership in multiple subjects as you provide a well-rounded and comprehensive education. Self-contained classrooms are those typically found in elementary and pre-K schools.

Alliant’s California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program is now fully online, meaning all coursework can be completed from the comfort of your home, on your own time. Although instruction is delivered in an online format, you’ll never have to worry about going it alone. As part of our California teaching credential programs, we will pair you up with a field supervisor who will provide mentorship through classroom observations and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Three Ways to Earn Your Multiple Subject Credential

Alliant offers three different pathways toward earning your Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in California:

  • Student Teaching
    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, students will complete a 16-week unpaid student teaching assignment in two different grade levels. Learn more about our Student Teaching option.

California Teaching Credential Program Outcomes

Alliant’s teacher credential programs include the state-required authorization in Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) and compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

Successful completion of Alliant’s California teacher credentialing programs results in a preliminary teaching credential recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Upon completion of the program, students should be able to meet the following student learning outcomes that Alliant outlines for the educators it prepares:

  • Make subject matter comprehensible to all students
  • Assess student learning
  • Engage and support all students in learning
  • Plan instruction and design learning experiences
  • Create and maintain effective environments for learning
  • Develop as a professional educator
  • Address matters of multiculturalism and diversity in education

Complete an Online Master’s in Education with Only Three Additional Courses

Students considering the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program have the option to dually enroll in Alliant’s online Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Emphasis program. This online Master’s in Education program provides enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to advance your studies and direct your applied experience. Earning a masters’ degree can also help open up new employment possibilities with potentially higher salaries, including instructor positions at community colleges or universities.

All coursework in Alliant’s California teacher credential programs counts toward completion of the Master’s degree, which may be completed with only 3-5 additional online courses beyond the credential. The total number of additional courses depends upon your choice of Student Teaching, Standard Intern Teaching or Early Completion Intern Teaching pathways.

Admissions Requirements and When to Apply

Admissions requirements and application deadlines vary by credentialing pathway. For more information, choose a specific option below to learn more about application dates, admission requirements and credentialing requirements specific to each pathway:

Ready for the Next Step?

Contact an Alliant admissions counselor today to learn more about our California multiple subject teaching credential online program by calling 1-866-825-5426.