Multiple Subject Matter Waiver

Units required for Waiver: 80

Program Description

The Multiple Subject Matter Waiver is designed to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) multiple subject matter requirement for students entering a California Multiple Subject or Special Education teaching credential program. The subject matter requirement can be met either through a subject matter program approved by CTC or by taking a state approved content exam (currently the California Subject Exam for Teachers, the CSET).
Subject matter programs are not degrees or concentrations; instead they are a series of courses that allow a student to meet the requirements for admission to a teaching credential program. Subject matter coursework in the Multiple Subject Matter Waiver meets CSET requirements by offering specific curricula in seven different subjects: Language and Literature; Mathematics; Natural and Physical Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities; the Arts; Human Development; and Physical Education. In order to meet the Multiple Subject Matter Waiver, all courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.  Students must also complete a BA or BS degree (with any major) to enter a teaching credential program. The Subject Matter Waiver is open to all majors. The coursework for the multiple subject matter waiver is embedded within the Liberal Studies Major. To teach public school in California, students must also complete a teaching credential program.
The Multiple Subject Matter Waiver is most appropriate for students who intend to pursue an elementary/middle school (multiple subjects) or special education teaching credential. Students who intend to pursue a multiple subject or special education teaching credential should see a faculty advisor or the department chair in the department of their academic major. It is recommended that students pursuing the Waiver obtain advising early as it is critical that their subject matter coursework be carefully planned and coordinated to include the required subject matter program courses.
Note: Students taking the Multiple Subject Matter Waiver may have GE substitutions available, depending on their major requirements. See a major advisor to ensure all GE/GR requirements are met.

Program Requirements

Subject Matter Area One (33 Units)
Reading, Language, and Literature
COMS 5The Communication Experience3
ENGL 5Accelerated Academic Literacies3
ENGL 20College Composition II3
ENGL 116BChildren's Literary Classics3
CHAD 131Language Development3
History and Social Science
POLS 1Essentials Of Government3
HIST 17AUnited States History, 1607-1877 3
HIST 50World History I: to 15003
HIST 132Topics In World History3
HIST 187Topics in United States History 1600-19003
LBST 110California Studies3
Subject Matter Area Two (27 Units)
GEOL 8Earth Science3
GEOL 8TEarth Science Lab for Teachers1
BIO 7Introduction to the Science of Biology4
CHEM 106Chemical Concepts3
PHYS 107Conceptual Physics and Scientific Inquiry4
GEOG 100Themes In World Geography3
MATH 17An Introduction to Exploration, Conjecture, and Proof in Mathematics3
MATH 107AFundamental Mathematical Concepts3
MATH 107BFundamental Mathematical Concepts3
Subject Matter Area Three (20 Units)
Physical Education
PUBH 136School Health Education2
KINS 172Movement Education3
Visual and Performing Arts
ART 133Art Education for Children3
MUSC 101Experiences In Music3
THEA 118Children's Theatre3
Human Development
CHAD 35Child and Adolescent Development3
CHAD 35FHuman Development and Elementary Field Experience3
Total Units80