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Preliminary Credential (Multiple and Single Subject), How to Apply

On this page: Learn how to apply to the Preliminary Credential Program (Multiple and Single Subject).

Important Dates for Fall 2019

Item Due Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2018)

1.  Priority Deadline - Cal State Apply January 31, 2019 
2. Regular/ Final Deadline - Cal State Apply March 1, 2019 
 3. Transcripts due  April 1, 2019

 


Steps to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply to the Preliminary Credential (Multiple and Single Subject) Program:

  • You must first apply to the California State University via Cal State Apply for the program you are interested in.
  • Then, request official transcripts.

1. Cal State Apply

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application)

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Items Needed to Complete the Cal State Apply Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Cal State Apply application in the Program Materials box/quadrant:

You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or be finishing a Bachelor’s degree program to apply to the credential program.  More information

Please have your official transcripts sent to SDSU after you submit your Cal State Apply application.  If you send them in before you submit the application, they will take longer to process.

In addition to official Bachelor's Degree transcripts, please download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for the main institution where your degree was earned and be prepared to upload it to the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply. This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office. All applicants, including SDSU undergraduates, must submit unofficial transcripts for faculty to review.

All credential candidates must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a bachelor’s degree program. 

The SDSU Credential Programs require one of the following:

  • 67 GPA Cumulative Overall
    or
  • 75 GPA in your last 60 semester/90 quarter units

If you do not meet these criteria, click here for more information.

There are several ways to meet the Basic Skills requirement for the credential program at SDSU.  The most common way is passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).

Please plan to take the exams early.  We are requesting passing scores for CBEST by March 1, 2019 for Fall 2019 applications.  If you are applying close to the deadline, please take the exam as soon as possible.

Use this link for other ways to complete this requirement

Subject Matter Competency can be met one of 2 ways:

If you need to take the CSET, please plan to take it early in the application process.  We are requesting passing scores for CSET by March 1, 2019 for Fall 2019 applications.  If you are applying close to the deadline, please take the exam as soon as possible.

These courses must be completed with a C or better prior to starting the credential program.  They can be completed the summer right before the credential program starts.

  •  ED 451: Introduction to Multicultural Education (3 units)
  • TE 280: Health Education for Teachers (1 unit)
  • Math 210: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3 units) (multiple subject only)
  • SPED 450: Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations (2 units) or 500: Human Exceptionality (3 units)

Use this link for approved local equivalents and the petition form.

Candidates must verify their personal and professional fitness for service in public schools through a state and federal review (basically a background check).  This clearance is granted through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Candidates must be granted either a Certificate of Clearance or an Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit prior to start of the Teacher Credential Program

Use this link for more information on how to obtain these clearances

All candidates must successfully complete a volunteer or paid observation and participation in a “regular” classroom (not a Special Ed class or after school program) in a public school within the past 7 years. The purpose is to get you into a classroom to see what a “day in the life of a teacher” is really about.

This requirement must be COMPLETE and may NOT be in progress when you submit your credential program application (unless being completed as a course during the Spring semester).

Use this link for more information on the ways to complete these hours

Verification of a negative TB test (verification of no presence or active case of TB through PPD or Mantoux test), must be valid and on file throughout the credential program.
  • TB tests are valid for 4 years and can be taken at SDSU Student Health Services (for students currently enrolled at SDSU) or through any public health clinic, HMO, or private physician.
  • If you receive a positive skin test, then you will need to provide proof that your TB is not active by a doctor’s note or x-ray results.
  • You will need to upload proof of negative TB test to the Cal State Apply application.

A $25 application fee is required to process your credential program application.

If you are a current/former SDSU student and have a red ID:

You must pay this fee through the SDSU WebPortal.

  1. Log into SDSU WebPortal.
  2. Select Student Account Services.
  3. Select Make Payment(in the top red menu bar).
  4. Select College of Education Fee Menu.
  5. Select Credential Application Fee.
  6. Click on Add to Basketbutton to proceed with checkout and payment.

 

If you are a new applicant and do not yet have an SDSU Red ID:

To be able to log into the WebPortal you must first complete and submit the Cal State Apply application  by uploading a document that states, "I will pay this fee as soon as I am able to".  

Within a couple days of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you should receive an email from SDSU Graduate Admissions with your Red ID (SDSU identification number) and directions on how to log into WebPortal. You can then follow the directions above and email the receipt to [email protected]

If you are applying close to the deadline, please submit your Cal State Apply application by uploading a document that states, "I will pay this see as soon as I am able to".  Once you are assigned a red ID, please follow the directions above and email the receipt to [email protected]

For your application to move forward in processing and faculty evaluation, this fee MUST be paid by March 10, 2019

This form is only required from applicants applying to the Single Subject Teaching credential.
Please download the form below and complete it with the subject courses you have taken for the Single Subject credential you are pursuing.  For example, if you are pursuing a Math teaching credential, please list any Math classes you took at a community college and/or University during your undergraduate career.  If you are pursuing a Social Science teaching credential, then please include any college courses you took that you believe is incorporated in Social Science--which could include History, Geography, Economics...

This document will be shared with faculty and cohort leaders within our program as well as professionals at the school site where you will be placed for student teaching.

Please upload the completed form as a Program Application form in the Cal State Apply application, Program Materials quadrant/box, Documents tab.

Download the form here: Documentation for Student Teaching

In the Program Materials section of the Cal State Apply application you will be asked to upload a one-page response for each of the following prompts (double spaced preferred):

Multiple Subject Prompts: 

  1. How have your educational background and life experiences prepared you to teach multiple subjects? 
     
  2. We have all had challenges in a work or academic setting. Describe one of these situations and how you responded to it.

Single Subject Prompts: 

  1. How have your educational background and life experiences prepared you to teach the specific discipline/subject for which you will earn a credential and why are you passionate about teaching that subject?
     
  2. We have all had challenges in a work or academic setting. Describe one of these situations and how you responded to it.

 

prompt #1 revised June 2018 

Identify at least 2 people to serve as references.

In the recommendation section of your application, you will be prompted to provide the name and e-mail address of the references. The application system will e-mail your references and request that they submit a recommendation on your behalf.

It is the applicants' responsibility to follow up with each reference to be sure that the letters are submitted in a timely manner.  Letters should be submitted by the application deadline, so please make your requests early to allow time for your recommenders to complete this for you.

Use this link to learn more about the letters of recommendation

You need to upload a link (URL address) to a personal video, no longer than 2 minutes in length, responding to the following prompts: 
  1. What is a strength you bring to teaching and what do you anticipate will be a challenge for you? 
  2. What are some experiences you have had related to teaching or in your subject area, and how did these help prepare you for the teacher credential program? 

You may choose to get creative in your video, but please be sure to answer the questions.  Your answer to the questions is more important than being creative.  The preference of the faculty is that you would appear in the video.

For the application, you will need to upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo  or you could choose to add it to your Google Drive and use the shareable link to provide in your application.  Please make sure the link you share in your application is public or shareable so the faculty will be able to view this in your application.  Please copy and paste the video link to a document to upload in the Documents tab for the Program Materials section in Cal State Apply.


Note: These items need to be completed prior to admission to SDSU's Credential program. Some items may be in progress when you submit your application, but all (with exception of the pre-req classes and your degree) MUST be complete BEFORE you can be offered admission. 

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Test Scores and Transcripts page.  If you attended SDSU for your undergraduate degree, you can skip this step--we have this information already on file.

3. Interviews

Group interviews will be held in March (for Priority applicants) and April (for all other applicants).

Exit requirements

Please be aware that there are additional exit requirements which you must fulfill to earn your credential.  These must be completed by the time you finish the credential program.

Pre-Admission Disclosure Language for Licensure and Credentialing Programs

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time.

For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.

Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA 259), 619-594-6320, [email protected]