School of Education

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. 

    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 contact our Credential Advisor 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 the School of Education if you require assistance with obtaining your login credentials.

Application Support

Application Workshops: Via Zoom(opens in new window)

Meeting ID: 835 9981 0836 Passcode: 791137

December 19th, 2022: 10am-12pm

January 5th, 2023: 3pm-5pm

January 12th, 2023: 3pm-5pm

January 19th, 2023: 10am-12pm

February 2nd, 2023: 3pm-5pm

February 6th, 2023: 10am-12pm

February 16th, 2023: 4pm-6pm

February 20th, 2023: 10am-12pm

February 23rd, 2023: 4pm-6pm

March 1st, 2023: 4pm-6pm

Credential Application Walk Through - (25 minute video)

Helpful Documents

Additional Information

Online Application

Applications will not be considered unless they are completed and include ALL requested information. 

A complete application includes:

  1. 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. 

    List of Accreditation Agencies(opens in new window)

  2. Submission of all attachments requested by the application.


  4. Passing CSET results or verification of completion of an undergraduate subject-matter preparation program for Subject-Matter Competence.

  5. Completion of all prerequisite courses within the last seven years with a grade of C- or higher.

  6. 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 CLASS 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).

  7. A Certificate of Clearance (PDF) or equivalent document from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing verifying eligibility to work in school.

  8. Completion of the interview process—additional details are emailed to applicants after the application period has closed.

Transfer Students

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 Areas & Field Placements to make sure we can accommodate your geographic preferences.

Undergraduate Status

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. 

List of Accreditation Agencies(opens in new window)


Tuition and admission fee information may be obtained from the Student Financial Services website, or call 530-898-5936 or e-mail


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

Financial aid is available for the students accepted into a credential program.

Registration & Enrollment

Application Deadlines

March 1st (Fall Term)

  • Bilingual
  • Concurrent
  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • CLASS-Single Subject
  • Single Subject

October 1st (Spring Term)

  • Education Specialist
  • Multiple Subject
  • CLASS-Education Specialist
  • Single Subject