Thank you for your interest in our Multiple Subject Credential Program. Consistent with the University’s mission, our program reflects a special focus on student achievement, success and appreciation for differences and diversity. We are both pleased and proud to have you join our Multiple Subject Credential Community of Learners. You are encouraged to become acquainted with the faculty and your colleagues as we collectively create our close-knit Department of Education family.
Please read the information on this webpage as it describes key elements of our program. This webpage reviews the guidelines and requirements of our program. In addition, the University Catalog contains course descriptions, required prerequisites and essential information about registration procedures, fees and policies. Email is the official method used by the Department and the University to communicate with students. Check your Cal Poly Pomona email often.
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The prerequisite courses are those required to be completed prior to admission to the Multiple Subject credential program. You may enroll in any or all of the prerequisites once you have been admitted to the University. The following prerequisite courses are:
While enrolled, attend the necessary orientations, acquire and complete the Admissions Packet, and make sure that you have met subject matter competence.
One of the state requirements for earning the Multiple Subject Credential is verification of subject matter knowledge. Candidates who already have a Multiple or Single Subject Credential have met subject matter competence and do not need to meet it again. (NOTE: Districts may require additional subject matter requirements as a condition of hire.).
The state of California requires that all teachers have knowledge in the subject areas in which they will be teaching. Multiple Subject Teacher Candidates must have validation of competence in the subjects of literature and language studies, history and social studies, human development, physical education, mathematics, science, and visual and performing arts for the elementary school grade levels.
To meet subject matter competence, Multiple Subject Credential Candidates must pass the appropriate subject matter examinations:
Evaluations of transcripts for courses taken from another university will be conducted for currently accepted/enrolled Cal Poly Pomona students. Students wishing to waive a Cal Poly Pomona credential course and substitute a course or courses taken from another university must complete the Course Equivalency Request form available online. Attach a copy of transcripts along with a copy of the catalog course description and course syllabus for the year taken. Submit these materials to the Credential Services Office.
Students applying to the credential program will also complete an interview with a faculty member from the Department of Education as part of the Admissions process.
The Evening Track operates quarterly for students accepted to the credential program with the Department of Education. This option allows students who need to maintain personal schedules during the day with the option to take classes in the late afternoon. Evening courses are held at Cal Poly Pomona with fieldwork requirements during the day.
Cal Poly Pomona offers the Internship Credential Program in Multiple Subject, Single Subject (not including art education and agricultural education), and Education Specialist credentials. The Internship program is unique because it provides individuals with the opportunity to work as a paid professional educator while completing a teacher preparation program. Complete information is provided at the Internship Orientation.
Two quarters (formally called “blocks”) of Clinical Practice are required for the Multiple Subject credential. Admission to Clinical Practice requires a separate application with strictly enforced deadlines. (Interns are exempt from this application requirement.) Contact the Credential Services Office for the application forms, procedures and deadlines.
For candidates who are not currently teaching, the Clinical Practice Placement Office (located in 5-228) will place you in an appropriate classroom setting. Candidates should complete the appropriate sections of the application.
Once admitted to Clinical Practice, candidates will receive a letter detailing placement information and the name of their university supervisor. The supervisor will then contact the candidate within the first few days of the quarter, if not before. During the two quarters of Clinical Practice, the candidate completes 11 weeks (per quarter) of full-time teaching in a classroom appropriate to the credential being earned. Attendance at weekly or biweekly seminars is required. For Clinical Practice, there is a Credit or No Credit grade. When a candidate is at risk for not passing Clinical Practice, the University Supervisor will work diligently with the candidate to attempt to meet the required Clinical Practice competencies. The University reserves the right to enact University appeal procedures in these circumstances (see the Cal Poly Pomona University Catalog for further information).
Students have five (5) years to complete the Multiple Subject Credential program. Within that period, students have one (1) year to complete Clinical Practice and apply for the preliminary credential. Students may petition for an extension of these time limits. All petitions must be approved by the Department of Education Appeals Committee.
1. Successful Clinical Practice 1 and Clinical Practice 2 experience, earning a completed Credit status
2. Completion of Teacher Performance Assessments 1 – 4
For more information, please visit the Credential Services Office .