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

Bilingual (Spanish) 2042 Multiple Subject and Special Education Credential

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(Credential Code: 00200)

Not accepting new applicants at this time.

The joint Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential (Spanish Emphasis) and Preliminary Special Education Specialist Credential for Mild/Moderate Disabilities is a two-year dual credential program. This program is available to students interested in teaching in bilingual elementary classrooms and special education settings. Upon completion, the bilingual 2042 multiple subjects credential authorizes the holder to teach in any self contained bilingual or regular classroom in which one teacher is responsible for all of the subjects commonly taught in the elementary schools. The specialist credential for mild/moderate disabilities authorizes the holder to teach students with designated disabilities in a variety of school settings.

Candidates who wish to apply to the two-year combined credential program need to specify “Multiple Subject Bilingual Spanish and Special Education Emphasis” on the application for graduate admission to SDSU. Students can access the electronic application online at

The admissions committee consists of faculty advisers from the Dual Language and English Learner Education and Special Education departments. Advisers from both programs will review and interview perspective candidates. The following materials should be submitted as a complete package directly to the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department.

  1. One set of official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each issuing institution;
  2. Complete supplementary program application online at (copy of scores for CBEST/Spanish Proficiency Examination/CSET or Portfolio, TB test results, letters of recommendation, early field experience, character and identification clearance, and statement of professional goals and philosophy).

Standards for Admission


Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test prior to admission to the bilingual MS and SPED credential program. This examination is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Booklets containing registration forms and test information are available at

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 multiple subject bilingual credential program. To be admitted to the multiple subject bilingual credential and Special Education programs, 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

Grade Point Average

Candidates must have a minimum 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 semester (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 five years. Evidence must be documented.

Oral English and Written Statement of Professional Goals and Philosophy

A candidate statement (500 word maximum) that addresses background of experiences that have contributed to the desire to be a special education/ bilingual teacher, as well as the personal and professional factors the candidate considers to be most important if one is to become an effective and caring bilingual special educator. Candidates will also have an interview with the admissions and retention committee of the DLE and SPED Departments.

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 live scan and personal information directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, A copy of the certificate of clearance must be provided to the DLE Department.

Credential Advising Appointment

Advising is available in the College of Education, Office for Student Success, 619-594-6320. Ernesto Sanz is the adviser for the dual credential program and may be contacted at:, or 619-594-3265.

Language and Culture Examination

All candidates must demonstrate minimum language proficiency and cultural awareness for the language of emphasis to meet their specific bilingual authorization. This can be met by passing the CSET LOTE examination or earning a C (2.0) or better in DLE 416 .

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 and SPED 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. Deadlines are available at

In Addition

In addition to the minimum admissions standards identified above, the DLE and SPED 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.

Preliminary 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. Passage of the Spanish Language Proficiency and Cultural Awareness Examination, or CSET LOTE, or DLE 416 .
  5. 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.
  6. Passage of California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  7. Passage of Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Test.
  8. Completion of an approved fifth year program (a minimum of 30 upper division or graduate-level postbaccalaureate units).
  9. Demonstrated knowledge of the needs of and methods of providing educational opportunities to individuals with exceptional needs.
  10. Demonstrated knowledge of computer hardware, software, and applications to educational/classroom use (computer literacy).
  11. Knowledge of health education in California, including substance abuse and nutrition: TE 280 - Health Education for Teachers  (1 unit) and verification of CPR competency.
  12. Successful completion of a California Teacher Credentialing approved Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

NOTE: 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.

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