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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements

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

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU. We have access to this information.

    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 to the Program application:

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. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for the main institution where your degree was earned and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office. All applicants, including SDSU undergraduates, must submit unofficial transcripts within the Program application.
  4. Basic Skills Requirement
  5. Subject Matter Competency
  6. 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 450: Classroom Adaptations for Special Populations (2 units)
  7. Certificate of Clearance or Emergency Teaching Permit
  8. Early Field Experience
  9. Negative TB Test
  10. $25 Credential Application Fee
  11. Personal Narrative
  12. Documentation for Student Teaching (single subject only)
  13. Letters of Recommendation
  14. Video
**Important**Please plan to take the exams early.  We will need passing scores for CBEST and CSET by May 4, 2018 at the latest for Fall 2018 admission.  You will need special permission from the admissions staff to be able to submit test scores past this date.


Group interviews will be held in early March and throughout the month of 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 2018 Credential Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens on October 1, 2017)
March 1, 2018  
(Please submit ASAP)*
Program application priority deadline
January 29, 2018**
Program application final deadline
March 1, 2018***

*We recommend that you complete the Cal State Apply application ASAP as you will need to be assigned an SDSU red ID to complete the Program application. It can take up to a week to be assigned a red ID after submission of this application. 

If you have not yet been assigned your red ID and need to submit your Program application please enter 800000000 as your red ID number; so that you will be able to submit your application by the deadline. 

** Priority Program application Deadline

If you apply by this date you will know about your admission by March 31, 2018

*** Final Program application Deadline

If you apply by this date you will know about your admission by May 12, 2018


Download Admissions Printable Checklist


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact the credential advisors ( or visit the Credential Programs Homepage.


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,


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