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Credentials (Graduate Only)

This page applies to: Cal State Apply

This section only applies to graduate applicants. 

Credential Program

Use the drop-down to indicate how you heard about the credential program. If you select Other, provide specific information in the text box that appears.

Memorandum of Understanding

Review the Memorandum of Understanding and select the checkbox to acknowledge you understand the rules and responsibilities required of all applicants in the credential program.

Internship Interest

Select your answers to the questions regarding your interest in an internship. Then, click the Internship Interest Acknowledgement checkbox to acknowledge that you must upload a completed Intern Application Form

Credential Academic Preparation

Select your answers to the questions regarding your current credentials.

Subject Matter Competency

Click the checkbox to indicate you understand that Subject Matter Competency (SMC) in the subject you wish to teach is a primary admissions requirement. You must upload a copy of the CSET Multiple Subject test scores (Subtests I, II, and III) or proof of registration for the earliest test date. 

Note that the Credential Program does not provide further preparation in a subject area. Subject matter knowledge should be mastered before entering a credential program. You must pass the CSET Multiple Subjects Subtests I, II, III in order to be considered for admission. CSET Subtest scores are valid for five years and you must earn your credential before your scores expire. For more information on the CSET, click here

CSET Test 1

  1. Select the CSET Test 1 that you completed or plan to complete from the drop-down.
  2. Select whether you attempted the exam.
  3. If you select Yes, enter the date attempted and your score and indicate if you passed the test. 
  4. If you select No, indicate whether you scheduled time to take the exam and, if applicable, the exam date. 
  5. Indicate whether you have additional CSET Tests to enter and, if applicable, the related details. 

Basic Skills Requirement

This section is required for program admission. You must select the option you plan to use to fulfill the requirement from the drop-down, select the Basic Skills Requirement checkbox to indicate you agree to the terms, and submit a copy of your test results or proof of registration for the earliest test date.

CBEST and CSET Scores

To submit CBEST or CSET scores, you can either request that Pearson Education share your test results with the CSU or submit a sealed, official copy of the results via the application in the Documents section. If you did not yet take the test, submit your proof of registration for the earliest test date. 

Note that CBEST scores do not expire. CSET scores are valid for five years. Ensure that your CSET score is valid through the end of the credential program before submitting. 

Other Test Scores

If you plan to use a test other than the CBEST or CSET (i.e. CSU Early Assessment Program - College Ready or Exempt, CSU Placement Exams, College Board SAT, ACT, or College Board Advanced Placement Examinations) to satisfy this requirement, you must verify that your scores meet the requirement by submitting them for verification via the Documents section. If you did not yet take the test, submit your proof of registration for the earliest test date. 

Note that CSU Early Assessment Program - College Ready or Exempt, CSU Placement Exams, College Board SAT, ACT, or College Board Advanced Placement Examinations do not expire. 

Tuberculosis Clearance

Select the checkbox to agree to submit proof of current tuberculosis clearance. Your tuberculosis exam must have been performed in the past three years. Alternatively, you can submit proof of registration for a tuberculosis exam with the earliest test date. You can submit the proof of clearance or registration via the Documents section. 

Certificate of Clearance

California state law and Education Code requires a background check to be performed on all teaching credential applicants. You must apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) or submit proof of prior clearance completion via the Supporting Information section. 

Select the checkbox to agree to the terms. Then, select responses to questions below.

Early (Pre-Program) Field Experiences

Title 5 Regulations from the CSU Chancellor's Office require that all credential candidates participate in a supervised Early Field Experience in a public school setting prior to applying to a Credential program. Your experience must be documented on a signed Early Field Experience form and you must obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher or administration evaluating the quality of your work. Both documents must be submitted via the Documents section.

Select the checkbox to agree to the terms.

Personal Narrative

Use the text box to succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the Credential program, your preparation for this field of study, and why the program is a good fit for you. In your statement, consider the following:  Why do you want to be a teacher? What personal qualities do you possess and what experiences have prepared you to work in a collaborative environment? 

Note that responses are limited to 2,000 characters (including spaces, carriage returns, and punctuation).

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