Credential Program Application and Information
Standard Application Periods:
Admission for a fall term:
Application available October 4 – March 1 at 11:59 pm
Admission for a spring term:
Application available March 4 – October 1 at 11:59 pm
Note: first RiSE courses start in June
|* Internship options available for Education Specialist, Multiple Subject, and Single Subject pathways only; additional information is available here. Please contact Andrew Nichols for internship advising.|
Not ready to apply to a program at this time? Unsure whether you have met the prerequisite and/or exam requirements? Our admission guide should answer your questions.
Do you already hold one general education credential (Multiple or Single Subject) and wish to add another? Or do you already hold one special education credential and wish to add the other? Please contact us for advising.
Are you applying to an MA, advanced credential, or certificate program? Click here to find your program.
Application Process for School of Education credential programs:
Step 1: Verify that you understand the admission requirements for the program in intend to apply to. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start date of the program you are applying to. The Basic Skills Requirement and Subject Matter Competency exams must be passed prior to submitting an application. Additional information regarding admissions is provided below.
Step 2: Apply for graduate admission at Chico State via the Office of Graduate Studies online via CSU Mentor, pay the application fee, and submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies for each institution you have previously attended that Chico State does not already have on file.
Who needs to apply?
- If you are already admitted to Graduate Studies you do not need to reapply.
- Undergraduates who will receive their bachelor’s degrees prior to starting the credential program must be apply and earn admission to Graduate Studies.
- Previous graduates of CSU, Chico must submit an application.
- If you would like to start the credential program as an undergraduate (before your bachelor’s degree is issued), please contact Andrew Nichols for advising.
CSU Mentor Application tips:
- Be sure to select “Credential Conditionally Classified” for your Major/Program Objective (individuals applying directly to the RiSE Program without needing to take prerequisites first should instead select the appropriate “Education: RiSE” option).
- For Degree/Credential Objective select “None” (individuals applying directly to the RiSE Program without needing to take prerequisites first should instead select the “MA” option).
- Do not include commas for any pages that request financial information.
- A statement of purpose is not required—you may simply type “N/A” in the box to proceed.
- You do not need to send a letter of recommendation for this application (a letter of recommendation will instead be requested with your application to the credential program).
- Graduate Studies requires official transcripts from every institution you have attended. Exceptions are transcripts for CSU, Chico and any transcripts you have previously submitted to CSU, Chico (e.g. undergraduate transfer coursework).
Step 3: Submit an online credential application—see link below. Please note that access to this application requires a valid CSU, Chico account for login. If you have never before been admitted to CSU, Chico, you must receive your login information from Graduate Studies (Step 2) prior to beginning this application. Please contact the School of Education if you require assistance with obtaining your login credentials.
Please utilize our Application Walk Through Guide to help you through the online application. This guide will also give you an idea of the documents you will need to gather in order to complete your online application!
Please note: as you proceed through the application you will receive confirmation emails. If you do not receive these emails please verify your email address on record with the university via your Student Center, or check your spam folder. Email is the official method of communication for the university, so it is imperative that you receive these emails.
Applications will not be considered unless they are completed and include ALL requested information. The completed application includes:
- Admission to Chico State Office of Graduate Studies (applicants planning on starting the credential program as an undergraduate, please see the “Undergraduate Status” section below). Please note that, upon completion of the credential program, a credential cannot be issued without verification of a baccalaureate or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college or university is required in order to obtain a credential recommendation. Click here for a list of accredited institutions.
- Submission of a complete credential application.
- Passing results for the Basic Skills Requirement.
- Passing CSET results or verification of completion of an undergraduate subject-matter preparation program for Subject Matter Competency.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses within the last seven years with a grade of C- or higher.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a GPA of 2.75 in your last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of coursework (Exception: applicants for the RiSE Program must have a GPA of 2.75 in their last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units and a 3.0 in their last 30 semester (45 quarter) units).
- A Certificate of Clearance or equivalent document from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing verifying eligibility to work in school.
- Completion of the interview process—additional details are emailed to applicants after the application period has closed.
Students transferring from other universities should contact the School of Education to determine if any previous coursework can be used to satisfy credential requirements.
School of Education Service Area
Are you looking to complete your student teaching/field practicum outside of the immediate Chico vicinity? Review our service area to make sure we can accommodate your geographic preferences.
Graduate status is strongly recommended for credential candidates, but not required. To complete the credential program you must be a regularly admitted student to the University, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student. Permission from the School of Education is also required prior to admitting undergraduates to the credential program, given the complications of scheduling additional undergraduate courses during the program. Any student wishing to complete the credential program as an undergraduate will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the consequences of completing the program as an undergraduate, particularly future salary ramifications.
Please note that a baccalaureate or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college or university is required in order to obtain a credential recommendation. Click here for a list of accredited institutions.
Email is the official means of communication at CSU, Chico. It is the student’s responsibility to regularly check his/her Wildcat email account for information regarding the credential program. Failure to read and/or comply with any information sent to the student may result in adverse consequences.
Financial aid is available for the students accepted into a credential program. Additional information is available on the Financial Aid website and on the School of Education website. You may contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, Student Services Center 250, (530) 898-6451, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Registration & Enrollment
Coursework differs by credential pathway. Some pathways offer more online coursework than others, but all programs require at least some intermittent campus attendance. Some pathways limit online coursework to only students whose field placement is more than 90 minutes from Chico.
Undergraduate Subject Matter Preparation Programs
Information on undergraduate programs available at Chico State that prepare students for a career in teaching may be found here.
Non-Teaching Education Programs
Information on programs available at Chico State that prepare students for career Speech Language Pathology, Adapted Physical Education, School Psychology, and Agriculture Specialist may be found here.
MA in Education
Interested in earning a Master’s in Education? More information is available here.
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