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) 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.

Admission requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Teacher Education Addendum
  • 3 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 results on CSET

Course listing

Required Courses (35 Units)

EDUC-605Teaching Exceptional Learners3
EDUC-641Foundations of Education: Multiple Subjects4
EDUC-642Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice I4
EDUC-643Teaching Elementary Mathematics3
EDUC-644Teaching with Technology1

Educ 637 curriculum perspectives and design: multiple subjects (3)

EDUC-645Curriculum Design and Implementation: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-646Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice II3
EDUC-647Teaching Elementary Science2

Co-requisite Course

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-638Health Education1


EDUC-620Critical Observations in School: Multiple Subject*2
EDUC-632Independent Teaching Practicum: Multiple Subjects**2

* Designed to provide early field experience for candidates new to teaching.
** Required for intern candidates.

Choose One Of The Following Tracks

Student Teaching Track
or EDUC-633A
and EDUC-633B
Directed Initial Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects
Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects
Extended Initial Directed Student Teaching
EDUC-630Directed Final Student Teaching: Multiple Subjects7
Independent Teaching Track
EDUC-632Independent Teaching Practicum: Multiple Subjects2
EDUC-640AIndependent Teaching I: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-640BIndependent Teaching II: Multiple Subjects3
EDUC-640CIndependent Teaching III: Multiple Subjects7