School of Education

Teaching Credential Program Application

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Application Process

  • STEP 1 - Understand Admission Requirements

    Verify that you understand the admission requirements for the program you intend to apply to. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start date of the credential program you are applying to. Please contact the Credential Advisor with questions about credential program admission requirements. 

    Getting Started (PDF) helpful document 

    Prerequisite Courses breakdown by Pathway:

    The Basic Skills Requirement and Subject-Matter Competence exams must be passed prior to submitting a credential application. 

  • STEP 2 - Apply to the Office of Graduate Studies, Pay Fees, & Submit Transcripts
    1. Graduate Admissions - view the requirements for graduate admission.
    2. Cal State Apply(opens in new window) - apply to the Office of Graduate Studies at Chico State.
    3. Pay the application fee.
    4. 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 check here(opens in new window) for advising.

    Cal State Apply Application Tips

    • When creating your profile, for your "Degree Goal" select "Teaching Credential Only (e.g. Single or Multiple Subject, PPS, Librarian, Admin, CalState Teach).”

      Once you save your profile information, click on "Start Your Application!" You will then "Select the Programs to Which You Want to Apply." Under "Campus," choose "Chico State."
    • Under "Chico Credential," pick "Conditionally Classified Credential." Then click on "I am Done, Review My Selections," then click on "Continue to my Application."
    • For the "Personal Information," section you can enter whatever information you want in order to proceed with the application. The information entered in this section will not be used to determine your eligibility for admission to the university or for admission to the credential program.
    • For the "Academic History" section, you do not need to complete the "Transcript Entry," "GPA Entries," or "Standardized Tests" information; you can simply select the option for each page indicating that "I am not adding any College Transcripts/GPA/Tests."
    • 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).
    • For the "Supporting Information" section you do not need to add any "Experiences," you can simply select the option "I am not adding any Experiences."
  • STEP 3 - Submit an Online Credential Application

    After completing steps 1 & 2, you are ready to submit an online credential application.

    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 Graduate Studies if you require assistance with obtaining your login credentials.

Application Deadlines

Application Window: December - March 1st (Fall Term Start)

  • Bilingual
  • Concurrent
  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Education Specialist Add-On

Application Window: July - October 1st (Spring Term Start)

  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
    • Art, Music, and World Languages (Spanish) are Fall Start only
  • Education Specialist Add-On