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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Tips on completing the Cal State Apply University application are available here

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. Request official transcript(s): Request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below:

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload.

  1. Clear Credential: Hold a valid California Clear Credential.

  2. Master's Degree: Hold an Education-related Master's degree from an accredited University.

  3. Verification of passing CBEST scores.  If you do not have a copy of your original CBEST test results, you will need to request them using this form.

  4. Verification of Experience: A minimum of five years of successful, full-time experience in a public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status located in California or another state, or a combination of experience earned in California and another state. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, clinical or rehabilitative services, or a combination of teaching and school services. Substitute teaching does not apply. Verification of experience must be on the district or employing agency letterhead and signed by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. School or district personnel other than the applicant must verify all experience.  To earn the credential you must have a full 5 years of teaching experience at the time you finish the program. Verification of Experience Template

  5. Statement of Leadership Philosophy: Write a Statement of Leadership Philosophy, 1-2 pages, addressing your beliefs and values about leadership, curriculum and instruction, students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders.

  6. Resume/CV: Prepare a resume or curriculum Vitae to your application, which will include your education and employment history as well as any academic honors, awards, scholarships, and publications. Be sure to include leadership activities such as department chair, leadership team member, etc.

  7. Letter of Recommendation: Contact two individuals who you have interacted with both academically and/or professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. One of the recommenders must be an immediate supervisor.  Recommenders will submit their recommendations directly into the Online Program application.


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact Rachael Stewart ( or visit the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential/M.A. Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2019 Admissions

University Final Deadline:  

Item DueDue Date

Cal State Apply application
(will open October 1, 2018)

March 1, 2019
Program application 
March 1, 2019
Transcripts dueApril 1, 2019

Please submit your Cal State Apply application prior to sending in official transcripts



Pre-Admission Disclosure Language for licensure and credentialing programs

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Educational Leadership department, 619-594-4063,
College of Education Office of Student Services