Multiple Subject (Elementary School) Teaching Credential

Prepares students to teach in elementary classrooms, primarily in grades K-5. 

The program is a stand-alone program with an option to pursue a M.A. in Education, Concentration in Elementary Education upon completion of the credential program. The program offers a one-calendar year option, as well as a three-semester option. Specialty programs include a preliminary MSC with bilingual authorization in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Coursework consists of foundational courses, methods courses, field experience (time alongside master teachers in elementary classrooms) and seminars to guide the field experience. Throughout the program, students receive instruction in current educational research and theory and innovative teaching practices.

  • Program housed in the Department of Elementary Education
  • One-calendar year program (August – Fall – Spring)
  • Three-semester program (Fall – Spring – Fall)

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents for students, Master Teachers, and supervisors:


Program Options

Three-semester Program

Three semester program for Fall, Spring, and Fall semesters. Student teaching takes place in public school classrooms, in and around San Francisco, fall and spring semesters.

One Calendar Year Program

This option allows students to earn a credential in 10 months, beginning in the Summer and continuing through the Fall and Spring semesters. Students complete student teaching in cohorted groups at specific partner schools in San Francisco, The East Bay, and Daly City

Teacher Intern Program

The Multiple Subject Credential Intern Program is a part-time teacher certification program for classroom teachers (teachers-of-record) who are earning an elementary teaching credential at the same time they are employed by a public school. You must be currently employed or have received an offer of employment with a public school district in the Bay Area to be considered for an internship credential. 

To confirm eligibility for the multiple subject intern program please contact Dr. Arce, Chair of the Department of Elementary Education, jarce@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-1562. 

Elementary Education MA

Graduates of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program may continue their studies and work toward an MA in Elementary Education. This option requires 18 units of graduate coursework in addition to the credential and is only open to recent graduates of the credential program..


Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be posted before starting the program 
  • GPA: 2.67 overall or 2.75 in last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units 
  • Early Field Experience in a public classroom setting 
  • Fulfill Subject Matter Competency Requirement 
  • Fulfill Basic Skills Requirement