• Teacher assisting students with in class work

FPU’s teaching programs include coursework that provides students with an understanding of the history of schools, theories of teaching and learning, and methods of teaching. The program emphasizes training prospective teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards. Students apply what they learn in coursework to the practical challenges of teaching during their early field experience and student teaching. The credential program prepares candidates to teach in multilingual, multicultural communities. FPU’s credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC www.ctc.ca.gov) and recognized by private schools, as well.


  • Emphasis on application of theory to practice
  • Student teaching cohort model with placement in partnering school districts
  • Collaborative learning community and quality mentorship
  • High rate of employment

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the program requirements, candidates are recommended for a Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, allowing them to seek subject area teaching positions in elementary and middle schools.

Program director

Photo of Darrell Blanks

Darrell Blanks

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, Program Director, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential


Human silhouette

Jacalyn Griffen, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education, Director of Teacher Education, Merced Campus

Photo of Angel Krause

Angel Krause

Associate Professor

Human silhouette

Michelle Pengilly, Ed.D.

Program Director of Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Visalia Campus

Photo of Heather Rutowicz

Heather Rutowicz

Clinical Instructor, Education

Photo of Janet Zoller

Janet L. Zoller

Clinical Assistant Professor, Education

Admission requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, admission requirements have temporarily been simplified.Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Online application and fee
  • Teacher Education Addendum
  • 2 reference forms
  • Official transcripts
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Verification of current negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Certificate of Clearance Official Passing results on Basic Skills Test
  • Official Passing on CBEST and CSET
Deadline to Submit ApplicationIn Order to Start
Friday, April 9, 2021Summer 2021 - 1st Session: Coursework Only
Friday, May 21, 2021Summer 2021 - 2nd Session: Coursework Only
Friday, June 4, 2021**Fall 2021: Coursework and Student Teaching**
Friday, August 6, 2021Fall 2021: Coursework Only
Friday, November 5, 2021**Spring 2022: Coursework and Student Teaching**
Friday, December 3, 2021Spring 2022: Coursework Only

**Complete application includes submission of CTC clearance and negative TB test from within past 12 months

Course listing

Co-requisite Courses

This course is an additional requirement of the state of California for multiple subjects candidates who have not completed comparable coursework in their baccalaureate studies

EDUC 699Positive Child Development2

Required Courses (37 Units)

EDUC 605Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
EDUC 604Foundations of Education4
EDUC 638Health Education for Teachers2
EDUC 642Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice I4
EDUC 643Teaching Elementary Mathematics3
EDUC 644Teaching with Technology2
EDUC 637Curriculum Perspectives and Design: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC 645Curriculum Design and Implementation: Multiple Subject3
EDUC 646Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice II3
EDUC 647Teaching Elementary Science2

Choose One of the Following Tracks

Student Teaching Track

EDUC 610
EDUC 633B and
Directed Initial Student Teaching: Multiple Subject
or Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching II: Multiple Subjects and
Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching I: Multiple Subjects
or 2
EDUC 630Directed Final Student Teaching: Multiple Subject6

Independent Teaching Track

EDUC 662Independent Teaching Practicum3
EDUC 664AIndependent Teaching I3
EDUC 664BIndependent Teaching II3
EDUC 640CIndependent Teaching III: Multiple Subject6

MAT Post-Credential Courses

EDUC 701Issues in Teaching: Investigations of Problems of Practice3
EDUC 703Curriculum Study: Theory, Analysis and Practice3
EDUC 704Research Methodologies: Qualitative Action Research3
EDUC 705MAT Research Project3

Dual Program with Special Education

Candidates for the multiple subject credentials may be interested in adding a credential in special education. The preliminary multiple subject credential and preliminary education specialist credential programs have been designed with this interest in mind. Many courses are the same in the two programs to facilitate opportunities for candidates to complete both credentials. Students in the elementary education and secondary education programs interested in special education are urged to seek advice from faculty in the special education division.

View our State Professional Licensing and Certificate Disclosure.