Liberal Studies

CSET-ESM Waiver Letter

Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Waiver Letter (Multiple Subject CSET Waiver)

Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) In Progress or ESM Waiver Letter (Multiple Subject CSET Waiver)


Credential programs in California require proof of subject matter competence. This competence is demonstrated by receiving a degree in Liberal Studies at Chico (an approved waiver program) and by submitting a ESM waiver letter of subject matter completion with your application to a credential program. See CTC approval here(opens in new window).

Individuals who qualify for an Elementary Subject Matter waiver are exempt from taking the Multiple Subject CSET exam for admission to a credential program.

In order to apply to a credential program and be recommended for a credential you must provide an:

  • In Progress ESM Waiver Letter (MS-CSET Waiver)
  • ESM Waiver Letter (MS-CSET Waiver)

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to receive an ESM Waiver In-Progress Letter or an ESM Waiver Letter you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have graduated from the CSU Chico Liberal Studies Program 2006 or after with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.

OR

  1. You must have filed for graduation and be enrolled in your last semester of your BA. 
  2. You must be declared or were declared in the following options to be eligible:
    • BA Liberal Studies: General Option
    • BA Liberal Studies: Bilingual/Cross-cultural Option
    • BA Liberal Studies: General Online Option
  3. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.

Note:

  • If you are enrolled in the BA Liberal Studies: Option in Liberal Arts (Non-Teaching) you are not eligible for an ESM Waiver Letter or an In-Progress letter.
  • At this time we are not able to evaluate transcripts from any other institution. 

Letter Request Process

  • Liberal Studies Alumni
    • Students who have graduated from the CSU, Chico Liberal Studies program in 2006 or after with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher may request a ESM Waiver Letter by email lbst1@csuchico.edu.
  • Spring/Summer Graduates
    • Students who have filed to graduate in spring will receive an In-Progress Waiver letter sent to their Chico State email in February.
    • Eligible students who have graduated in spring will receive an ESM Waiver Letter sent to their Chico State email in September.
  • Fall Graduates
    • Students who have filed to graduate in fall will receive an In-Progress Waiver letter sent to their Chico State email in September.
    • Eligible students who have graduated in fall will receive an ESM Waiver Letter sent to their Chico State email in February.

*For any further questions, please call 530-898-5802 or email lbst1@csuchico.edu