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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multiple Subject Bilingual 2042 Credential

The Multiple Subject Bilingual 2042 Credential (Elementary K-6 Education) is available to students interested in teaching in a bilingual Spanish, Arabic, Filipino, Japanese, or Mandarin elementary school classroom. This credential authorizes the holder to teach in any self-contained bilingual or regular classroom in which one teacher is responsible for all the subjects commonly taught in the elementary schools. Because courses on methods of teaching subject areas are taught in Spanish, Arabic, Filipino, Japanese, or Mandarin, as well as English, candidates must meet the respective language of emphasis proficiency requirements as outlined below.

Candidates who will pursue this credential need to specify “Multiple Subject Credential - Bilingual” in the application for graduate admission to SDSU (Code: 00200). Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.

All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted electronically or as a complete package directly to:

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;
  • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
  • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  1. TOEFL score, if medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org, SDSU institution code 4682).

Dual Language and English Learner Education Department

  1. Complete department application at http://go.sdsu.edu/education/apply-now.aspx;
  2. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) scores;
  3. Demonstration of Language and Cultural Proficiency:
    • Arabic: Copy of CSET LOTE subtests II and V for language of emphasis;
    • Filipino: Copy of CSET LOTE subtests II and V (test codes 191 and 255 respectively) for language of emphasis;
    • Japanese: Copy of CSET LOTE subtests III and V (test codes 159 and 260 respectively) for language of emphasis;
    • Mandarin: Copy of CSET LOTE subtests III and V for language of emphasis;
    • Spanish: Completion of DLE 416  with a grade of C (2.0) or better or copies of CSET LOTE subtests III and V for language of emphasis;
    • World Languages: Copy of CSET LOTE subtest IV (test code 250) for language of emphasis;
  4. TB test results;
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an elementary teacher if multiple subject or from a secondary teacher if single subject;
  6. Verification of early field experience (30 hours for multiple subject) or completion of DLE 416L ;
  7. Certificate of clearance (live scan);
  8. CPR that includes infant/child/adult;
  9. Autobiography/Goals and Philosophy. Candidates must complete a 1-1/2 page essay of their goals and philosophy in education and a 1-1/2 page autobiography. One should be written in the language of emphasis and the other in English;
  10.  California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) scores.

Standards for Admission


Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test prior to admission to the bilingual credential program. This examination is required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Booklets containing registration forms and test information are available at http://www.cbest.nesinc.com.

Subject Matter Competency

Students must verify completion of subject matter competency in diversified subjects commonly taught in self-contained classrooms prior to admission to the bilingual credential program. To be admitted to the bilingual credential program, a candidate shall have achieved a passing score on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) that is required for the credential sought. Registration information and materials for the CSET are available at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

Prerequisite Courses

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better prior to admission to the program, but may be in progress at the time of application or taken in the term immediately prior to the program start date.

Non-Liberal Studies Majors

(Must take the above and below prerequisite)


**With approval of the mathematics adviser, any of the following mathematics courses may be substituted for MATH 210 : MATH 124 , MATH 150 , MATH 312 .

Grade Point Average

Candidates must have cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) within the upper one-half of undergraduate students in the candidates’ majors. GPAs vary according to discipline and graduating institution. GPA requirements are available in the Office of Student Services, 619-594-6320, coeadvis@sdsu.edu. Candidates must have attained a grade point average of at least 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted. Candidates are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and unofficial SDSU transcripts for GPA calculations.

Letter of Recommendation

Two professional references and one letter of recommendation must be submitted attesting to the applicants following characteristics: (a) attitude, aptitude and ability to teach children; (b) personality and character; (c) academic ability. At least one letter should be from an elementary school teacher the student has worked with and the others may be from faculty and administrators.

Tuberculin Clearance

Evidence of a negative tuberculosis test (these tests are valid for four years and must be in effect during the time that candidates are enrolled in the credential program). Clearance statements may be secured from Health Services, private physicians or HMOs, or public health agencies.

Early Field Experience

Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum of 30 hours of experience with students in typical elementary classroom settings within the last three years or successful completion of DLE 416L . Evidence must be documented.

Written Statement of Professional Goals and Philosophy and Interview

In addition to their written statement of goals and philosophy, candidates will have an interview with the admissions and retention committee of the DLE Department.

California Certificate of Clearance

This certificate represents a background clearance and check conducted by the State Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Turnaround time for the clearance can take as long as eight months. Possessors of K-12 California credentials may satisfy this requirement by submitting copies of those certificates. Candidates must submit the application directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A copy of the application must be provided to the DLE Department.

Credential Advising Appointment

Each applicant must attend an advising session at the Office of Student Services. Appointments can be made in 619-594- 6320, coeadvis@sdsu.edu. Afterward, we recommend applicants visit the Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) office or call 619-594-5155 to make an appointment with a faculty adviser.

Language and Culture Proficiency

All candidates must meet Language Proficiency and Cultural Awareness requirements for the language of emphasis to meet their specific Bilingual Authorization through DLE 416  or CSET LOTE examinations III and V.

Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)

California Education Code Section 44283 requires that candidates for the preliminary or clear credential multiple subject pass this RICA requirement. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure that the candidate possess the knowledge and skills important for the provision of effective reading instruction to students. The RICA requirement applies to candidates who did not complete all credential requirements prior to October 1, 1998. Candidates must have passed the RICA in order to be able to file for the credential.

Appeals Process

Candidates who do not meet all the admission requirements may petition the DLE Department Admissions and Retention Committee for individual consideration; petition letters must be submitted concurrently with the application packets.


Applicants should complete application procedures the semester prior to beginning the credential program. Check the department website for current deadline information: http://go.sdsu.edu/education/dle/bilingual_credential.aspx.

DLE Department Admissions and Retention Committee

In addition to the minimum admissions standards identified above, the DLE Department Admissions and Retention Committee may also consider qualifications such as previous teaching experience and relevant working experience with children. Due to the number of applicants, application to the program does not ensure admission.

After admission, students will meet with the program coordinator to plan an appropriate program.

Multiple Subject Bilingual 2042 Program

  • Units: 3
  • Units: 3
  • DLE 910 - Teaching Mathematics to Bilingual Students Units: 3
  • DLE 911 - Teaching Social Studies to Bilingual Students Units: 3
  • DLE 912 - Teaching Science to Bilingual Students Units: 3
  • DLE 915A - Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: English Language Development/SDAIE: Multiple Subjects Units: 3
  • DLE 931 - Skills in Teaching Reading to Bilingual Elementary Students Units: 3
  • DLE 954 - Classroom Organization for Democratic Teaching in Bilingual Classrooms Units: 1-4
  • DLE 960 - Professional Seminar for Bilingual Teacher Candidates (Cr/NC) Units: 1-4
  • DLE 961 - Practicum in Elementary Bilingual Classroom (Cr/NC) Units: 1-12
  • DLE 962 - Student Teaching for Elementary Bilingual Students II (Cr/NC) Units: 8
  • ED 970 - Teaching Event Assessment (Cr/NC) Units: 3

Preliminary 2042 Credential Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) with any major other than education.
  2. Completion of an approved program of professional education. (See Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education  for further information.)
  3. Passage of Multiple Subject/CSET.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and provisions of United States Constitution through successful completion of three-unit college level course or examination. Courses are listed in General Catalog section on “Graduation Requirements ,” IV. American Institutions Requirement.
  5. Passage of California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  6. Passage of Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Test.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of the needs of and methods of providing educational opportunities to individuals with exceptional needs: SPED 450 .
  8. Demonstrated knowledge of computer hardware, software, and applications to educational/classroom use (computer literacy).
  9. Knowledge of health education in California, including substance abuse and nutrition: TE 280 - Health Education for Teachers  (1 unit) and verification of CPR competency.
  10. Successful completion of a California Teacher Credentialing approved Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).


Undergraduate students in their final semester prior to obtaining a baccalaureate degree may sign up for concurrent post-baccalaureate credit as explained in the section of this catalog on “Admission and Registraion .”

According to SB 2042 legislation, teachers will be able to earn Professional Clear Credentials upon successful completion of induction programs sponsored by their employers and approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

To be recommended for the bilingual authorization, candidates must meet the language and cultural proficiency requirements.