Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Pre-Credential

The Child Development Concentration in Elementary Pre-credential is an academic child development program with an emphasis on preparing the student to enter an elementary school (multiple-subjects) teaching credential program. It consists of the core academic child development courses, 11 units of credential prerequisite courses, and 3 units of electives, chosen in coordination with a major advisor. Students who intend to pursue an elementary school (multiple subjects) teaching credential must take the CBEST exam and the CSET subject matter exam as a part of the admission requirements for the credential program. Child Development students planning to pursue the credential should work with a faculty advisor to select general education courses recommended as preparation for the CSET exam.

Career Options

Child Development students pursue careers in elementary school teaching; preschool teaching and administration; child-care and after-school employment; parent education; community college teaching; or work with a variety of counseling, social service and community agencies. The undergraduate major also prepares students for graduate studies in child development, elementary or special education, human development, social work or counseling.


Units required for Major: 49-50
Minimum total units required for BA: 120
Refer to the catalog for detailed admission and academic requirements.

Course Listing

Review the courses required to complete the degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop discipline-based written communication skills
  2. Analyze and critique written materials related to child development
  3. Participate in field based experiences mediated by using theory, concepts, and research
  4. Understand major milestones of development from infancy to adulthood
  5. Develop and maintain positive attitudes towards diversity and its manifestations in children and families

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Elementary Pre-Credential

Phone: (916) 278-4326 | Office: Brighton Hall 228 | Email: Lynda Stone

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College of Education | Undergraduate Studies: Elementary Pre-Credential
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079