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Preliminary Credential (Multiple and Single Subject) Application Process

Learn how to apply to the Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Credential Program.

Multiple Subject credentials are for those who want to teach all subjects in elementary school (K-6). Single Subject credentials are for those who want to teach one subject at a time in middle or high school classrooms.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
February 1, 2022*
2. Transcripts due April 1, 2022
 * The Cal State Apply application will state March 1st as the deadline, BUT we require credential applications be submitted by February 1 st as there are a lot of requirements to review and a small staff to complete this work.

Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply Application

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

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) -- Apply Now

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Items Needed to Complete the Cal State Apply Application

The credential items below will be asked about by questions and/or uploads in the Program Materials box/quadrant of the Cal State Apply application.  Please start preparing to apply by getting these materials ready.

Important Information about Credential requirements:

  • 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.
  • Please maintain all your original documents as you may need to submit these again to Districts for student teaching and/or employment.

2. Request official transcripts

Please wait to request these official transcripts until AFTER you have submitted the Cal State Apply application, then request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

If you attended SDSU for your undergraduate degree, you can skip this step--we have this information already on file.

3. Attend a Meet and Greet

These sessions are available to have questions answered by faculty who teach in the program and will provide more information about SDSU's cohort model. They are offered online only right now. We will hold new sessions for those who apply for the Fall 2022 credential program in the Spring of 2022 (shortly after the application deadline).

Recordings from March 2022 Meet and Greets:

Multiple Subject

Single Subject

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.