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Multiple Subject & Dual Credential Programs

The Multiple Subject credential program at Fresno State is for students who want to become kindergarten or elementary school teachers, K-8. Our nationally accredited and award-winning program prepares candidates to teach elementary school in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

The Dual credential program  allows you to earn your Multiple Subject and Education Specialist (Special Education) credential simultaneously. The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to teach students with mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities (grades TK-age 22) in public or private school programs, clinics, special schools, resource classrooms, educational programs, residential facilities, hospitals, and other agencies serving persons with disabilities. Some of the courses are required for both credentials but field placements are unique.

Program Options

BA in Liberal Studies 

Start your credential program during your undergraduate degree.

Bilingual Authorization - Spanish or Hmong

Develop specialized strategies for working with English Language Learners while in your Multiple Subject Credential program.

Program Pathways


Residencies are similar to Partnerships but also include district professional development, guaranteed employment upon successful program completion and other special perks. 

  • Clovis Residency: focused on Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices (CLSP) -Contact: Michael
  • Fresno Teacher Residency: focused on Special Education and Bilingual Authorizations -Contact: Steve - Fresno Website
  • Madera Residency: focused on Dual Language Instruction -Contact: Luz Herrera: - Madera Website
  • Sanger Residency: focused on Universal Design for Learning -Contact: Kimberly Coy: - Sanger Website

Daytime programs that use district facilities for university coursework and field experiences. Teacher candidates move through the program as a cohort with courses and clinical experiences "blocked" together for each of the three phases of the program. Partnerships allow candidates to experience the culture of a school and the cycle of the school year.

Spring 2021 Residencies and Cohorts 




Campus Evening

Program Education Specialist - Mild Moderate or Moderate Severe Multiple Subject BAP Spanish All
Faculty in Residence Dr. Michael Mahoney Dr. Luz Herrera  
Number of Semesters 3 3 Varies based on program
Financial Incentive $13,000 $12,000