Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application - Credential Applicants

Find helpful tips on completing the Cal State Apply University Application for applicants to Preliminary Credential programs.

Welcome! We are happy that you are applying to a College of Education program at SDSU!

Cal State Apply - Only 1 application for Preliminary Credential programs at SDSU.

All the information required to apply to a preliminary credential program (such as Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Bilingual credentials and SPED credentials) is included in the Cal State Apply application.  The fourth box (quadrant 4) of this application has been developed to ask about all credential items (such as CBEST and CSET scores, narratives, video link, etc.).  

Information that you can skip

You can submit Cal State Apply without entering all of the information in all sections (as described below), since you will provide this information in your Program Application.

  • GPA Entry: You can also skip the GPA question by doing the following:  Click on Add GPA and then select "I don't have a GPA to add." See page 27, GPA Entries, of the Graduate Application Tutorial (PDF).
  • Standardized tests: Credential applicants can use the button, "I don't have any test scores to enter," to skip this section. 

These items are not required on the graduate application at SDSU.

  • Experiences: Applicants do NOT need to enter any information in Experiences.  Our faculty will not be reviewing this information in this application — instead they will review similar information in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply.  Please SKIP these sections by clicking on the button "I have not experiences to add."

Preliminary Credential program applicants will need to submit all the credential program requirements in this section (such as CBEST scores, CSET scores, narratives, video link, etc.).  Please be sure to enter as much of this information as you have prior to submitting the Cal State Apply application.

  • If you are just waiting on test scores, please submit the application and email in your test scores when they are available.
  • Please request your letters of recommendation through this application early to provide your recommenders time to submit their letters by February 1st.

Please be sure that you have the correct program chosen BEFORE you request your letters of recommendation.

If you have to change the program to which you are applying, your letters of recommendation will be DELETED from your application and you will have to request them again.

If you find yourself in the wrong application and have letters submitted in your application, please email Melanie Falkenberg at [email protected] for assistance.

Helpful Resources

This tutorial (PDF) can help all applicants applying for Graduate Admission at SDSU through the Cal State Apply application.

This tutorial (PDF) can help you complete the Program Materials quadrant required when applying to the following programs:

  • Multiple or Single Subject credential
  • Bilingual Multiple or Bilingual Single Subject credential
  • Special Education credential (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate, or Moderate/Severe)

Questions & Problems

Need answers?

For specific questions, visit the Cal State Apply FAQ page or contact Melanie Falkenberg, College of Education, Manager of Admissions at

If you cannot submit your application and are receiving an error message,  contact the Cal State Apply Technical Help Line at 857-304-2087.

Please be sure to have the CAS # assigned to your application for reference when you call.

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