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Online California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Students in the Online California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program can get their teaching credential online and learn how to create inclusive learning environments for classrooms from kindergarten through grade 12.

37 credits of coursework and fieldwork
Guided by CCTC standards
Qualifies to teach in K-12

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Online California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Acknowledging multiple influences on child development and learning, this online teaching credential california program emphasizes the importance of developing respectful and reciprocal relationships to create supportive and challenging learning environments. The online Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program focuses on strategies of inclusion, issues of equity, social justice, and cultural competence.

Please note: Students enrolled in our online California teacher credential preparation program MUST complete all observation, fieldwork, and student teaching hours in California classrooms. There are no exceptions.

Other Credentials and Continuing Learning Programs

  • B.A. Early Childhood Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential
  • M.A. Education: Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • M.A. Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK)


The California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.

Credentials Office

For more information to assist you in your journey to obtain your California Preliminary Teaching Credential, visit the Credentials Office page.

Sample Online Teaching Credential Courses

ED 530: Methods of Teaching Language and Literacy in a Diverse Classroom

ED 530 will examine the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening to K to 12th grade students in a diverse classroom that will consist of a full range of learners. Emphasis will be on incorporating the California Frameworks and Standards into both general and special education programs that also will draw on the children’s real-life experiences and knowledge about language. In a language environment that parallels that of a dynamic elementary school classroom, multiple subject teaching credential candidates will explore reading and language arts through readings, discussions, activities, observations, and reflection. The unique needs of English language learners and students with special needs will be addressed through learning how to organize and manage differentiated reading instruction.

Key topics for this online California teaching credential program will include the reading process, phonemic awareness and phonics, elements of a balanced reading program including guided reading the writing process, lesson planning, inclusion, student assessments, children’s literature, enrichment versus deficit models of schooling, and an analysis of classroom discourse. Multiple subject teaching credential candidates will become skillful at implementing curriculum, instruction, assessment, and management strategies that relate to integrating reading and language arts across the content areas.

ED 549: Contemporary Methodologies in Teaching Mathematics

This online California teaching credential program course focuses on the advanced theoretical and practical aspects of teaching mathematics to students in a diverse classroom.  In keeping with the cognitive theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, brain research, and Gardner, emphasis will be placed on the implications of a constructivist theory in terms of the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and student learning.

Th methodology for this online California teaching credential program course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of content consistent with state adopted (K-8) mathematics standards and the language needs of all learners. The interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics and the fostering of positive attitudes toward mathematics are stressed. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners to solve problems using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize and clarify mathematical misunderstandings that are common among (K-8) learners. Modifications for diverse learners and learners with exceptionalities are researched and applied through 15 hours of fieldwork experience. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course.

Sample Program Sequence

Admission Requirements for the online California teaching credential program

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from the Bachelor’s Degree-Granting Institution
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores
  • Letter of Recommendation required for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.5
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution
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