Teaching Credential Programs

A teaching credential is a state-issued license to teach in a public school. California law requires all teachers in CA public schools to hold a valid teaching credential. Approved College of Education teaching credential programs are offered for the multiple subject credential and the single subject credential, as well as for bilingual and special education.

For teaching credential advising, exit processing and related services go to the Office of Student Services.

Preliminary Teaching Credential Programs

Multiple & Single Subject

Department:  School of Teacher Education

Multiple Subject

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as the classrooms in most elementary schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Single Subject

The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Bilingual (Multiple & Single Subject)

Department: Dual Language and English Learner Education

Bilingual Multiple Subject

The Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential (Elementary K–6 Education) is available to students interested in teaching in a bilingual elementary school classroom.

Bilingual Single Subject

The Single Subject Bilingual Credential (Secondary Grades 6-12) is available for students interested in teaching in a bilingual Spanish middle or secondary school classroom in the candidates’ subject major (e.g., Science, Math, Social Science, English, Spanish, etc).

Special Education

Department: Special Education

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood credential authorizes the holder to work with infant, toddler and preschool-age children with identified special needs.

Mild/Moderate

The Mild/Moderate credential authorizes the holder to teach students with disabilities in grades K-12, and adults up to age 22.

Moderate/Severe

The Moderate/Severe credential authorizes the holder to teach students with a wide range of special needs disabilities in grades K-12, and adults up to age 22.

Integrated Teacher Education Programs (ITEP)

ITEP Integrated Bachelor's & Teaching Credential Programs

Department: various

To ease the growing K-12 shortage in California, policymakers have made it possible for teacher preparation programs to provide “Integrated Teacher Education Programs” (ITEP), a new combination 4-year, bachelor and credential option. Various bachelor's programs at SDSU will be offering an ITEP pathway.

For more information about pathways to PK-12 teaching including the ITEP pathway, visit the TEACH website.

Clear Credential and Induction Program

Department: School of Teacher Education

All California teachers with a preliminary credential are required to earn a clear teaching credential within a five year period through a commission-approved induction program. The SDSU Induction Program allows teachers to clear general, bilingual, and special education credentials.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing Title II Reports

AB 2086 requires all teacher preparation programs to provide information to prospective candidates regarding the license examination passage rates of completers for the most recent available year, as well as other important information about the programs. For details regarding SDSU credential programs, review CTC reports and data.

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