Most elementary school teachers hold a Multiple Subject Credential. The multiple subject credential authorizes an individual to teach in grades K-8.
You can become an elementary school teacher through multiple pathways. While certain majors might be recommended depending on your educational goals, any major can be combined with the requirements for the appropriate credential. In addition, credential program requirements change often. So, the best advice for a future elementary school teacher is to meet with an advisor often. The advisors in the Center for Careers in Teaching will help you design a study plan that combines your major, general education, elective courses (if needed), subject matter competency and credential pre-requisites into one plan.
The Center for Careers in Teaching is not your only advising resource. We also recommend that you meet with your major advisor on a regular basis. If you are undeclared, meeting with the advisors in the Center for Careers in Teaching will suffice until you declare a major. They can also help you select a major that fits your educational and career goals.
Below are some recommendations for general education courses for future elementary school teachers. These courses are not required, however, they will give you the preparation you need to meet subject matter competency for the multiple subject credential program. Subject matter competency for the multiple subject credential program is determined by passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam.
- (GE Courses-Fall ’11 and later)
- CSUF (GE Courses-Fall ’99-Spring ’11)