Hands typing at a computer keyboard with the words Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential (Multiple and Single Subject), Program Application

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 2021

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
February 1, 2021*
2. Transcripts due April 1, 2021
 * 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

Photo of young woman with an open book sitting outdoors on a campus talking on cell phone with the words Cal State Apply.

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

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

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. They are offered online only right now. The dates 2021 have already passed, but 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)

Here are links to the slides shared at this year's sessions:

Multiple subject meet and greet slides
Single subject meet and greet slides
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.