Degree or Subject Matter Competency Waiver

Learn about how Single Subject candidates may meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement through a degree or waiver program (from the undergraduate major).

Degree to meet Subject Matter competency requirement

NEW! In July 2021 a new way to meet subject matter competency was approved.  This new provision allows some degrees to meet the subject matter competency requirement for the credential program, so the CSET exam would be waived.  This is explained in full on PSA 21-10.  

Currently, for Multiple Subject applicants, if you have a degree in Liberal Studies this will waive the CSET exam.

For those applying to Single Subject, your degree must match the subject area that you plan to teach.  For example, if you want to teach English, then you must have an English degree to waive the CSET exam.  If you want to teach Math, then you must hold a degree in Math to waive the CSET.  Even if you have taken a lot of math classes for an Engineering or Business degree, those degrees will not waive the CSET at this time.

Subject Matter waiver programs

If you attended SDSU for your undergraduate degree:

Subject Matter waiver programs are undergraduate degree programs that have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to waive the CSET exam for the credential program.  Use the information below if you think you participated in an undergraduate major that may qualify:

  • You must obtain an Advisors Recommendation (waiver) form (PDF) signed by the designated advisor for the academic teaching major on this campus (see chart below), or a letter from the credentials analyst at another California institution that has an approved subject matter waiver program.
  • SDSU does not provide evaluation services to individuals who graduated from other universities.
  • Faculty advisors are available during the academic year (fall/ spring), but generally are not on campus during the summer session. Please refer to the list of advisors below.
The following are Single Subject advisors at SDSU who can evaluate your transcript to see if you meet the waiver program in the following areas. This list is not a listing of current waiver programs at SDSU — *only the subjects with asterisks/ stars have current waiver programs.
Art Mark Siprut  Art 509 619-594-2850  [email protected]
English * Claire Colquitt   619-594-6219 [email protected]
Mathematics * Steven Klass     [email protected]
Mathematics (Foundational level) Estella Chizhik     [email protected]
Music * Karen Koner M201   [email protected] 
Biology * Kathy Williams PS 151A 619-594-4358 [email protected]
Chemistry *  Peter van der Geer    619-594-5582 [email protected]
Social Science* Brian Adams NH 122 619-594-4289 [email protected]

Liberal Studies (Multiple Subjects) students complete an application to verify completion of the subject matter competency program.  You can access the application through the Liberal Studies Canvas Homeroom site.  

If you attended another school in California, other than SDSU, for your undergraduate degree:
  • You must obtain a letter from the credential analyst at your California institution that has an approved subject matter waiver program which will prove you have completed the appropriate course work for the waiver program at your institution.
  • Only programs that have been evaluated and approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) fulfill this requirement. SDSU cannot provide courtesy evaluations of subject matter coursework for candidates who graduated from other institutions.


University Catalog: Secondary Education, Single Subject Credential