Subject Matter Competency Waiver

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

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements - Subject Matter Competency Requirement - Waiver Programs

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:

If you attended SDSU for your undergraduate degree:

  • 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 * William Zahner GMCS 505 619-594-7247 [email protected]
Mathematics (Foundational level) Virginia Loh-Hagan EBA 255F   [email protected]
Multiple Subjects* (Liberal Studies) Estella Chizhik     [email protected]
Music * Karen Koner M201   [email protected] 
Biology * Kathy Williams PS 151A 619-594-4358 [email protected]
Chemistry *  David Pullman CSL 301  619-594-5573 [email protected]
Social Science* Brian Adams NH 122 619-594-4289 [email protected]

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.


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