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Child Development - Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
The Child Development - Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation program of California State University Los Angeles prepares prospective teachers for grades K-8. Students in this option take required coursework that waives the three subtests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: MS).
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Students who select Child Development - Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation program of California State University Los Angeles must complete the following: 48 units of the Child Development Core, 6 units of Required Courses, 50 units of general education requirements, and 84 units of Elementary Subject Matter courses. Because Elementary Subject matter courses overlap with both the major and General Education requirements, the total number of units required for the degree is 120. Students in Option II are subject to the standard General Education requirements; however, because most of the General Education courses in this option also fulfill major and Elementary Subject Matter requirements, they should take the General Education courses listed below in the requirements for Option II. In addition to the requirements listed below under Option II, students will need two more upper division GE courses, one in Block B and one in Block C.

Students who wish to pursue a California Multiple Subject Teaching or Special Education Internship Credential should consult with advisors in the Office for Student Services in the Charter College of Education, usually in their junior year. Information regarding credential programs may be found in the Charter College of Education section in the Academic Programs: College-Based and University-Wide chapter for the regulations governing all Teacher Credential Programs. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses used to meet the major requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation Option.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Techniques for the Study of Children
  • Infant Development
  • Urban Families and Resilience 
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • Issues in Child Abuse, Interpersonal Violence
  • Parent-Child Development Over the Family Life Cycle

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Require a 'F visa' (or I-20) to study at Cal State LA;
  • Will have attained a high school diploma, or its equivalent, by the end of Spring; and
  • Have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following high school graduation.
  • Have a minimum 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in academic courses of the last 3 years of high school/secondary education.
  • Explore and choose a major to declare on your application
  • Apply online at Cal State Apply by the deadline
  • Submit SAT or ACT test scores (if graduating from a U.S. high school)
  • Submit official transcripts or other documents only if requested

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16286 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16286 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6782 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6782 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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