Education Specialist Credential Program
Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential Program Course Sequence
Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential Program Course Sequence
Education Specialist Credential Program Admission Requirements
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Education Specialist Credential Program Admission Requirements

Subject-matter competence is required for program admission. Applicants can satisfy subject-matter competence by:

  • Completing a CTC-approved subject-matter preparation program at CSU, Chico (verified by the subject-matter adviser in that department and sent directly to the School of Education) for elementary subject matter or an academic core subject area, or
  • Completing a CTC-approved subject-matter preparation program at another university (must provide an official, signed subject-matter verification from that university) for elementary subject matter or an academic core subject area, or
  • Passing the appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for Multiple Subjects or an academic core subject areaNote: CSET results are only valid for ten years; results must be current through the entire credential program and the credential recommendation process. When completing the exams be sure to have your results sent to CSU, Chico.

Your GPA must be 2.75 for your last 60 semester units or 2.67 overall. If your GPA does not meet either of these minimums, inquire at the School of Education office about the GPA appeal process.

Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance) or a copy of an emergency permit must be on file before beginning teaching practicum I. Download instructions for the fingerprinting process and the certificate of clearance form (pdf).

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.

Passing status for the Basic Skills Requirement is necessary for admission to the credential program. Basic Skills covers reading, writing, and mathematics at the high-school level. The exam options for satisfying this requirement may be viewed here.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C- or higher prior to beginning the credential program.

Credential candidates must be admitted to the University before beginning a program. Apply to Chico State as a graduate student here

Candidates must reside within the CSU, Chico service area in order to complete the credential program.

Additional documentation and requirements are necessary for a complete application to the credential program; more information is available in the credential application

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