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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply
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Preliminary Bilingual Credential Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

  1. CSUMentor University Application: Complete the CSU Mentor application at

  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. Decision Desk Program Application: Complete the Online Program Application for SDSU Graduate Programs using Decision Desk

Items Requested in Program Application

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

These items need to be completed prior to admission to SDSU's Credential program. Some items can be in progress when applying, but MUST be complete BEFORE admission.

  1. Bachelor's Degree
  2. GPA Requirement
  3. Basic Skills Requirement
  4. Subject Matter Competency
  5. Pre-requisite Courses
    Read more about pre-requisite courses and information on approved course equivalents
    • ED 451: Introduction to Multicultural Education (3 units)
    • TE 280: Health Education for Teachers (1 unit)
    • Math 210: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3 units) (multiple subject only)
    • SPED 500: Human Exceptionality (3 units)
    • DLE 515:Multilingual Education (3 units)
  6. Certificate of Clearance or Emergency Teaching Permit
  7. Language and Cultural Competency
  8. Early Field Experience
  9. Negative TB Test
  10. $25 Credential Application Fee
  11. Personal Narrative
  12. Letters of Recommendation
**Important**Please plan to take the exams early.  We will need passing scores for CBEST and CSET by April 30th.  We will not be able to accept scores provided after June 1st without special permission from the admissions staff.


Group interviews will be held in April.

Exit Requirements

Please be aware that there are additional exit requirements required to earn your credential.  These must be completed by the time you finish the credential program.

Important Dates for Fall 2017 Credential Admissions

Item DueDue Date
CSUMentor applicationMarch 1, 2017
(Please submit ASAP)* 
Decision Desk application March 1, 2017
Transcripts due  

April 1, 2017 

*We recommend that you complete this application ASAP as you will need to be assigned an SDSU red ID to complete the Online Program application. It can take up to a week to be assigned a red ID after submission of the CSU Mentor application. If you wait until March 1st to submit CSU Mentor, you may have to submit the Decision Desk program application LATE.  


Download Admissions Printable Checklist

  • Bilingual Multiple Subjects Credential Checklist (DOCX)
  • Bilingual Single Subject Credential Checklist (DOCX)


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact the credential advisors at


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 College of Education, Office of Student Services (EBA 259), 619-594-6320, 

College of Education Office of Student Services