If you are planning on being an Elementary School Teacher or a Special Education Teacher, this is the emphasis for you! The Teaching and Learning Emphasis is designed to provide the required multiple-subject content preparation for students to be admitted to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for teaching Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Teaching and Learning Emphasis requirements include all of the subject-matter content specified by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC). In order to be admitted to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program, students must meet the CTC Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) requirement by either completing a CTC-approved ESM program or passing the Multiple Subject CSET examination as well as the CBEST (PDF, 183KB) examination. CI has an approved ESM program. Students admitted prior to Fall 2018 will need to complete three additional courses to those required in their admitted-year catalog:  ESMS 422, LS 220, and PA 210. LS 220 and PA 210 are new courses that will be offered for the first time in Fall 2018. 

Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis

Freshmen who started Fall 2017 and Freshmen who will start Fall 2018 will have an opportunity to apply to the Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis (ITEP) in their Junior year. Junior Transfers from Community Colleges may be eligible to apply for the first time in Fall 2019. Here is a sample ITEP Four-Year Roadmap. Requirements include earning a C or better in all the courses listed in the first two years of their Four-Year Roadmap with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must also have passed the CBEST. Entry into the ITEP will require completing other documentation and passing an interview process. The ITEP will allow students to obtain their BA Liberal Studies degree and complete all their Teaching Credential coursework and clinical field experience in four years. They will be able to begin their teaching careers after graduation.

If you are planning on being a Junior High/Middle School Teacher,  you can choose from two pathways. First choice is that you can seek a Bachelor’s Degree in the subject area you interested in teaching rather and complete a Single Subject Teaching Credential program. Second choice is to complete the Liberal Studies major and a few extra courses that will qualify you for an Authorization to teach specific subjects added to your Multiple Subject Credential.

If you are planning on being a High School Teacher,  you are advised to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in the subject area you interested in teaching rather than pursue a Liberal Studies major. Students who are interested in teaching secondary school (grades 8-12) will need to obtain a Single-Subject Credential in the area in which they intend to teach. Single-Subject Teaching Credentials in English, Math, History, and Science are currently offered at CI. In order to be admitted to a Single-Subject Credential program, students must document single-subject content preparation by either obtaining a bachelor's degree from a program that has been approved for a CTC subject matter waiver or by passing the single-subject area test (CSET).

Teaching & Learning Concentrations


Four-Year Roadmaps:


Freshman who started new in Fall 2017:

     Freshman Fall 2017: Suggested 4-Year Roadmap (MS Word, 66KB) :  Revised 26 March 2018

Freshman and Junior Transfers who start new in Fall 2018:

     Freshman & New Junior Transfers Fall 2018: Suggested 4-Year Roadmap (MS Word, 66KB) :  Revised 26 March 2018

Students who will be Juniors in Fall 2018 (not including new Fall 2018 Junior Transfers):

     Juniors Fall 2018 Suggested 4-Year Roadmap (MS Word, 66KB) :  Revised 26 March 2018

Students who will be Seniors in Fall 2018 have two options:

    Option One: Old Roadmap requires taking the CSET-MS Examinations:

      Seniors, CSET: Suggested 4-Year Roadmap (MS Word, 66KB) :  Revised 25 May 2017    

   Option Two:  ESM Coursework and no CSET-MS required:

     Seniors, ESM: Suggested 4-Year Roadmap (MS Word, 66KB) :  Revised 26 March 2018

TEACH Project

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze oral or written communication for accuracy of content, logic of argument, and clarity of reasoning;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in computer literacy, information literacy, and technological literacy;
  3. Analyze socio-cultural issues including race, class, ethnicity, gender, and language and discuss societal issues that may arise;
  4. Demonstrate content area knowledge related to the CTC content standards for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.