Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with an Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a California Inspired Teaching in Learning Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher at early elementary grades. Candidates are introduced to essential knowledge, strategies, techniques and connections across the disciplines as applied to young children. Focus is on an enriched and thought-provoking curriculum incorporating content across subject areas, specific educational methodology courses and preparation for professional work as multiple subject teachers in elementary grades. All candidates must demonstrate subject-matter competency through a state-approved examination (CSET).

The credential is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring K6 learners by ensuring for them: social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement and an equitable and inclusive learning community.

Please Note: To avoid interruption to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy /pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirements (e.g., CSET) PRIOR to starting the multiple credential area method courses.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education's Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a California Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Candidates should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
Preparation for Major (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Program Requirements (24 courses; 103.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Early Childhood Education Core Requirements
Core Requisite(s):
All Early Childhood Education coursework has field experience component.