Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department

BA - Social Science, Preparation for Teaching (Multiple Subject)

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Social Science. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing in the state of California (CCTC) recognizes the Social Science Teacher Preparation Multiple Subject degree as verification of subject matter competence. Individuals who do not complete an approved degree program, or individuals seeking a single subject credential in subject areas not listed must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Maintaining a minimum grade of average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements14
Core Lower Division General Education12
Of the 39 units required by the university, 27 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major3
SOCI 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Requirements of the Major36
Lower Division6
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies Sequence
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American History Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government Sequence
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies Sequence
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Upper Division30
ANTH 115. The Emerging Global CultureV3
ECON 109. Analysis of Economic Issues for Teachers3
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
POLS 101. American Government for Teachers3
SOCI 162. Race and Ethnic RelationsS3
SOCS 137. California History for Teachers3
SOCS 177. Sociology of Education3
SOCS 138. US History for TeachersS3
SOCS 139. World History for TeachersV3
SOCS 195. Social Science Teacher Preparation3
Requirements for Multiple Subjects Preparation Core Curriculum54-60
Language and Literature18
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
ENGL 001B also accepted for Transfer Students.
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one course from:
LING 107. Patterns of English3
ENGL 103. Modern English4
Complete one sequence from:
Linguistics Sequence
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms3
Development Sequence
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability and Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
Visual and Performing Arts9
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
Complete six units from:
ART 039. Multicultural Arts for Children3
ART 138. Elementary Art Methods3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 010B. Introduction to MusicC13
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 131. Storytelling3
Physical Education and Health3-6
Complete one sequence from:
Health Education Sequence
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
Child Health Sequence
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3-6
Complete one sequence from:
Development Sequence One
PSYC 082. Foundations of Developmental Psychology3
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
Development Sequence Two
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
University Electives4-10
Foreign language and technology requirements for teaching credential strongly recommended (see Credential Information Services).

Total Units:120