Elementary Teacher (K - 6th) Pathway
The Elementary School Teacher Pathway is for students interested in becoming an elementary school teacher. This Pathway will enhance your knowledge in the fields that you'll be teaching; educate and train you to become an effective teacher; provide real-world, hands-on learning in the classroom with mentor teachers; equip you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and allow you to grow as a teacher and a professional.
Elementary School Teachers (typically grades K-6) teach many subjects in a self-contained classroom, therefore, a Multiple Subject Credential is required to teach at Elementary schools.
- Cuesta College Degree to Complete: AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education
- See Sample 2-Year Plan for AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education
- Satisfy the basic skills requirement. There are many ways to meet the basic skills requirement, which include earning qualifying scores on the CBEST, CSU EAP/ELM/EPT, SAT, ACT, or AP Exams. If you take the CBEST, do it right after you’ve completed transferable Math and English.
- Complete BA in Liberal Studies
- Verify Subject Matter Competence
- May be met by completing your Liberal Studies degree at a university that has a Commission-Approved Elementary Subject Matter Prep Program
- Pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject Exam;
Complete a Multiple Subject Teacher Preparation Program
- Apply for your Preliminary Teaching Credential and become a California teacher!
If you’d like more information or have questions about the Elementary Teacher Pathway, the AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education, or the transfer process for your Liberal Studies degree, contact the Counseling Department at 805-546-3138 (San Luis Obispo Campus) or 805-591-6241 (North County Campus)