Education Specialist Credential Program Admission Requirements
Subject matter competence is required for admission. Applicants qualify for subject matter competence by passing all required subtests of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) for desired subject area (Multiple Subject exams are most commonly chosen). CSET results are only valid for five years; results must be current through the entire credentiai program and the credential recommendation process. When completing the exams be sure to have your results sent to CSU, Chico. Subject matter competence may instead be satisfied by verification of completion of a state-approved subject matter preparation program at CSU, Chico or other university.
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).
Applicants must complete a baccalaureate or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university. Click here for a list of accredited institutions.
Candidates may satisfy the state basic skills requirement by passing the entire California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, or by passing all three subtests of the Multiple Subject CSET plus the CSET Writing Skills subtest. Verification is required before admission to a credential program. CBEST results do not expire; CSET results are only valid for five years, and must be current through the entire credentiai program and the credential recommendation process. When completing the exam be sure to have your results sent to CSU, Chico. Additional options may be researched on the CTC website.
Credential candidates must be admitted to the University before beginning a program. Apply online at CSUMentor.