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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Elementary Education

Welcome to the Department of Elementary Education


Department Office

  • Telephone: 818-677-2621
  • Fax: 818-677-5723
  • Education 1206
  • 18111 Nordhoff Street
  • Northridge CA, 91330-8265

Multiple Subjects Credential

The Multiple Subject Credential Program is primarily designed for persons who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for English learners of diverse backgrounds in diverse classroom settings. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes foundational coursework in educational psychology, working with diverse populations, and teaching students with disabilities; a full complement of discipline-based methods courses; and field experience and two semesters of student teaching in elementary schools within the university’s service area.

Student Learning Outcomes

readingUpon completion of Multiple Subject and Specialist Credentials, Certificate and Master’s Degree programs, candidates will be able to demonstrate competencies in the following major domains of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession:

Masters in Education - Elementary Education

elementary teacherThe M.A. Degree program builds upon the competencies developed in the Multiple Subject Credential program and is designed to provide candidates with advanced professional preparation in education for (1) assuming differentiated careers in school districts, professional organizations, and the community and (2) continuing into a doctoral program. Total units required for the MA degree in the concentrations Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy, and Multilingual/Multicultural Education is a minimum of 30. A minimum of 33 units is required for the MA degree, concentration in Teaching and Learning
There are four MA Concentrations in the Elementary Education Option:

Curriculum and Instruction

For teachers interested in honing their skills to teach all curricular areas, this option is a strong choice. The integration of visual and performing arts into the traditional subject matter disciplines such as language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics is unique to this option. Through a focus on the various state curriculum frameworks and standards, teachers come to understand the need for all students to be active learners engaged in a rich, meaning-centered curriculum.

Language and Literacy

This option places emphasis on developing a comprehensive and balanced approach to literacy instruction and assessment. Teaching students to be strategic readers, writers, and evaluators of their own literacy progress is emphasized. Through the Literacy Center on campus, CSUN students work in two practical settings to assess and assist children experiencing difficulty in developing literacy skills.

Multilingual/Multicultural Education

Both monolingual English teachers and bilingual teachers select this option to refine their skills in tailoring instruction to the needs of students learning English as a second language. The focus is on teaching children from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The use of formal and informal assessments in the evaluation of learners is emphasized. Research-based strategies for providing English learners access to the core curriculum are used in planning curriculum and instruction.