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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

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

    Choose the right program in CSU Mentor

  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. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, 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.
  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 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 early March and 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 application
(opens October 1, 2016)
February 15, 2017 (recommended deadline)*
Decision Desk application priority deadline
January 27, 2017**
Decision Desk application final deadline
March 1, 2017***

*Recommended CSUMentor Deadline

We recommend that you complete this application by February 15th 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. You have until March 1st to submit CSU Mentor, but you may not be assigned a red ID in time to complete the program application on time. 

** Priority Decision Desk Deadline

If you apply by this date you will know about your admission by March 31, 2017

*** Final Decision Desk Deadline

If you apply by this date you will know about your admission by May 12, 2017


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.

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