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Entering a Credential Program

On this page: Learn about SDSU credential programs and the steps required to enter a program.


Note: Credential program prerequisites at different schools are likely to vary widely. Consult a website or counselor affiliated with the school of your choice for more information about that school’s prerequisites, application process, and requirements. The information below applies only to SDSU.

Start Planning Before You Graduate

What to do after graduation? Enter one of our nationally recognized teacher credential programs! SDSU offers many programs to make you a professional educator. Be aware that the process of transitioning from the undergraduate Liberal Studies major to a credential program needs to begin at least 1 year before you plan to graduate. The process involves several steps and costs money. Start early!

What is a Credential?

A teaching credential is a state-issued license to teach in a public school. California law requires all teachers in California public schools to hold a valid teaching credential. Teacher preparation in California is different from most states. In California, teaching candidates acquire content knowledge before entering a credential program. In the credential program, students learn how to teach.

Why get your credential at SDSU?

Many Liberal Studies students enroll in a credential program after earning their BA, with many choosing to pursue their credential through SDSU’s award-winning College of Education. Learn more about SDSU credential programs!

How to Enter a Credential Program

Follow these steps to prepare to enter an SDSU credential program:

  1. Take and pass the CBEST exam.
  2. Pass your Liberal Studies 498 Assessment ($45).
  3. Take and pass the CSET exam.
  4. Apply for graduation ($55).
  5. Apply for a Certificate of Clearance.
  6. Reapply to the CSU using the online application system ($55). Note: Because you exit the university when you are graduated, you must be readmitted. If you intend to complete prerequisite courses during the summer after a May graduation, it is sometimes more economical to delay graduation until August so you will be able to take those courses as an undergraduate and thus pay undergraduate fees.
  7. Apply to the credential program. Once you have applied to the CSU, you should visit the College of Education website to apply online. Attend a group workshop and complete any needed prerequisites for your program of choice. (Note that some credential programs require an additional $25 application fee.)

Timeline
 Action NeededMay GraduationAugust GraduationDecember Graduation
1Take CBEST 1 year prior 1 year prior 1 year prior 
2 Pass LS 498Fall semester Spring semester Spring or summer 
3 Begin to take CSET9 months prior 9  months prior  9  months prior
4Apply to graduate Beginning July 1 Beginning July 1Beginning February 1 
5 Apply for Certificate of ClearanceDecember December  August
6Reapply to SDSU January January *January 
7Apply for credential  January January *January

*SDSU credential programs are only accepting new students for Fall admission (no Spring admission).


 

SDSU Credential Program Prerequisite Coursework

Multiple Subject, Regular Education

  • Program: Multiple subject credential (regular education)
  • Department: School of Teacher Education
  • Prerequisites not automatically satisfied through the Liberal Studies major (5 units):
    • ED 451 (3 units) [if not taken for the major]
    • SPED 450 (2 units) or SPED 500 (3 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]
    • TE 280 (1 unit)
    • 2.67 overall GPA or 2.75 GPA in last 60 units

Special Education

  • Program: K-12 special education credential
  • Department: Special Education
  • Prerequisites not automatically satisfied through the Liberal Studies major (16 units):
    • SPED 500 (3 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]
    • SPED 501 (3 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]
    • SPED 502 (1 unit, includes field experience) [if not taken for the option in the major]
    • SPED 524 or 525 or 528, depending on emphasis see SPED Department (3 units)
    • SPED 527 (3 units)
    • DLE 915A or 915B (3 units)
    • TE 280 (1 unit)

Bilingual Education

  • Program: Multiple subject credential with bilingual authorization
  • Department: Dual Language & English Learner Education
  • Prerequisites not automatically satisfied through the Liberal Studies major (12 units):
    • DLE 415 (4 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]
      • This class includes field experience. The class can be applied to the Bilingual ED Credential Option (#2) in the Liberal Studies major.
    • DLE 515 (3 units)
    • ED 451 (3 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]
    • SPED 500 (3 units) [if not taken for the option in the major]

Credential Program Advising

The official advising office for SDSU credential program issues is the SDSU College of Education Office of Student Services (OSS).

 

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