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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements

Early Field Experience (EFE)

All candidates must successfully complete a volunteer or paid observation and participation in a “regular” classroom (not a Special Ed class or after school program) in a public school within the past seven years. The purpose is to get you into a classroom to see what a “day in the life of a teacher” is really about.


This requirement must be COMPLETE and may NOT be in progress when you submit your credential program application (unless being completed as a course in the Spring semester).

There are several ways to complete this experience:

Option 1: Through an Independent Experience

You must complete 45 hours of observation in public California classrooms on your own in the grade level (s) and subject(s) in which you plan to teach. You would need to upload a completed “Early Field Experience” verification page to your Program application.


NOTE: If you have any teaching experience outside the classroom within the past seven years such as tutoring, coaching, international teaching experience, private teaching experience... these hours can count for up to 15 of the 45 required hours.

Please include a letter or note in your application to document the completion of these hours in addition to the EFE Verification Form for the other 30 hours that would be required.

Option 2: By Taking a Course

Applicants can take coursework that has a fieldwork component in lieu of turning in an EFE Verification page.  When completing this requirement as a class, only 30 hours of observation are required as most classes only require 30 hours of observation.  You will also be attending class meetings to talk about your observations, so we unofficially use those hours to make up the difference.

SDSU Students: The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • Multiple Subjects: ED 200 or LS 300
  • Single Subject: BIOL 452 (Biology), TE 362 (Social Science) or TE 362 (3 unit section only)*
  • Music Education majors automatically meet the requirement
  • Art 386A and B for Art candidates only

School/InstitutionEFE Course Equivalent
CSU Bakersfield EDTE 300
CSU Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoEDUC 300, LS 230/250; SCM 300 (Science candidates only)
CSU ChicoEDTE 255
CSU Dominguez HillsMAT 489
CSU FresnoEHD 50
CSU Fullerton EDEL 315, EDSC 310
CSU HumboldtEED 210/310, SED 210
CSU Long Beach EDSS 300A
CSU San Francisco StateEED 603, ENG 417/419 (English candidates only)
CSU San MarcosEDUC 350
CSU Sonoma StateEDUC 250, LIBS 312
Cuyamaca CollegeED 200
Grossmont CollegeED 200, Math 177 (Math candidates only)
Palomar CollegeED 200
San Diego Community Colleges (City, Mesa & Miramar)ED 200 and 203
Southwestern CollegeED/ENGL 200
UC San Diego (UCSD)EDS 136/139; EDS 128A/139

If you have completed one of the courses above, enter the information in the Program application and you have satisfied the EFE requirement.

*If you took TE 362 (1 unit) or (2 unit) and you completed 30 hours in the schools, just upload your log sheet to your Program application. You do not need to take additional TE 362 classes.  If you didn't complete 30 hours in the schools, then complete the additional hours by using our EFE verification page and submit logs and verification pages to verify the 30 hour requirement.

If you have taken a course that you believe fulfills this requirement but is not included in the listing above, you may petition to have it approved. Complete the Request for Adjustment of Credential Requirements Form and email this completed form along with the course syllabus to coeadmissions@mail.sdsu.edu for faculty review.

Option 3: Substitute Teaching

If you already hold a Bachelor's degree you can use substitute teaching to meet this requirement—instead of the EFE Verification Form you would upload copies of your pay stubs showing 45 hours completed.


The College of Education Office of Student Services (EBA 259) has a scanner available (free of charge) and can help you with this process.

Questions?

Please contact our advisors, at coeadvis@mail.sdsu.edu, if you have specific questions about your past experience.


College of Education Office of Student Services