Humboldt State University

School of Education

Elementary Education

“Our goal for all of our students is that they will graduate from our program and become exceptional teachers and strong, articulate advocates for children, adolescents, and for public education.”
—EED Mission Statement

Want to teach elementary school or middle school? Complete a one year program of coursework and fieldwork in beautiful northern California!

Our credential program is heavily fieldwork oriented. Public School classroom-based practice is supplemented with in-person coursework at HSU. Our mix of fieldwork and coursework creates opportunities for students to learn through multiple experiences while placed in diverse public school settings.

“We are committed to the act of teaching as being one of social activism and promotion of social justice.”
—EED Mission Statement

The Credential Year

The year begins in mid-August with orientation, followed by one week of in-person instruction: our capstone class, Multicultural Foundations.

When regular semester-long classes begin, credential candidates begin full-time at their fieldwork placement. After two weeks of full-time fieldwork, credential candidates shift to a split schedule of fieldwork and coursework. This continues for 7 to 8 weeks, at which time candidates again shift to full-time fieldwork for the duration of the semester.

Spring semester follows the same basic schedule and candidates stay at their school site placement until the end of the public school semester in June.

The Elementary Education Credential Program is a one-year course of study that begins in the fall semester of each year. Students can obtain a Multiple Subjects Preliminary Credential by taking a 45-unit professional education program to qualify for Elementary Education teaching positions, which are primarily in grades K-8.

“We believe our society needs teachers who: are creative and independent thinkers, take on leadership roles in our profession, demonstrate academic excellence, and commit themselves to high ethical standards.”
—EED Mission Statement

For more information, you can contact the School of Education Office:

Click here to email the School of Education Office.

or by phone: (707)826-5867.

Application Process

The application period for 2018/2019 is now closed.The application period for 2019/2020 opens October 1st, 2018. The deadline to submit applications to CalStateApply and to the School of Education is February 15th, 2019.

On or before February 15:

  1. Apply to the multiple subject credential program at HSU
  2. Apply for Certificate of Clearance to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
  3. Begin, and preferably complete, 45 hours of early fieldwork. If you have questions about the fieldwork requirement or to verify that your hours will be accepted, please contact our office prior to the application deadline.

On or before the beginning of the EED Program in early August:

  1. Pass CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) on or before the June test date (for Fall Admissions) or pass the CSET: Writing Skills Test on or before the May test date. It is also possible to use certain college placement exam scores to waive this requirement.
  2. Pass CSET: Multiple Subjects Examination (California Subject Evaluation for Teachers) on or before the May test date. Need help on CSET? Click here to find out more about our FREE CSET Test Prep Workshops.
  3. Complete Level 1 Computer Competency (EDUC 285 at HSU, a comparable course at another university, or take the CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology Exam).
  4. Complete a course that addresses the US Constitution or pass the US Constitution test. CSU-system graduates will likely have met this requirement.
  5. Complete CPR certification (must have adult, infant, and child and cannot be an online class). Please note, CPR certification must be current throughout the program’s duration. If you are getting a one-year CPR card through the American Red Cross, it is best to complete your CPR training in July or early August before the program starts.