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Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Benerd School of Education
Leo Libres
Administrative Assistant

Multiple Subject - Elementary Education

About the Program
To teach in California elementary schools, you need at least a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. With our program you will graduate with a liberal arts degree and a multiple subject credential. Most programs in the state, automatically, require a fifth year of study to become a teacher. Benerd's unique programs provide you with a pathway to earn your bachelor's degree and credentialing in just four years. More importantly, we make sure that you are ready to take on all the opportunities and challenges that come with the exciting profession of an elementary education teacher.

Admission Requirements
Pacific admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.

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Your advisor will provide you with a four year plan that sequences courses for the major and courses for the teaching credential. We have built in courses for the major that double count for general education. 

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A Multiple Subject Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom at the pre-school through twelfth grade level. A self-contained classroom is one in which a variety of subjects are taught to the same group of students by the same teacher. Multiple Subject Credentials are typically used for teaching in elementary schools or self-contained settings. Upon completion of the Multiple Subject Credential program, you will be awarded the SB2042 Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential with English Language Learner Authorization embedded.

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Student Teaching
Our students don't just learn to teach-they actually become teachers well before they graduate. Through our program you'll participate in courses and apprentice as a teacher in our partner public schools.  Your experience in the schools will follow and support your development as a teacher. You'll begin by observing credentialed teachers in their classrooms before you proceed to tutoring, working one-on-one with students and in small groups. Finally, you'll be teaching entire classes yourself.  We're there with you in these classes, serving as your guides and mentors.  It's a supportive and proven approach that provides aspiring teachers the experience they need to excel in the classroom.

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Financing Your Education
We're committed to making your education affordable. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all pacific students receive some form of financial aid, with an average financial aid package of $22,000. We work hard to make sure that every student admitted to our program has access to the full array of loans, grants and scholarships.

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