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MS in Education plus Preliminary Multiple Subject Teacher Preparation Program

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The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential authorizes you to teach all subjects required of the public school curriculum for a self-contained classroom, pre-school through grade 12. This 50-unit program is primarily designed for individuals interested in teaching at the elementary and middle school levels through grade six. This teacher preparation program culminates in a MS in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree.

In accordance with State requirements, The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential authorizes you to seek initial employment as a multiple subject (elementary)teacher, but does not authorize ongoing teaching service. After you earn your preliminary credential, you will need to complete professional preparation within five years of the date of issuance of your preliminary credential in order to continue ongoing teaching service as an educator. To complete the Professional (Clear) Credential, you will be required to enroll in a commission-approved SB 2042 Professional Teacher Induction Program, usually called a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.


My overall experience in the Dominican teaching program has left me feeling prepared and confident to enter the world of education. Our professors told us to trust the process as we go through it, and now l am getting ready to graduate feeling excited and determined to make a difference in the lives of many children. I am grateful for the education I have received here.

— Melissa Thurner '11

Program Details

  • Small class sizes guarantee personal attention from experienced faculty and site supervisors.
  • Classes are generally held in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Observations and field work experiences take place during the regular school day.
  • Student teaching option, though an intern option is also available.

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