School of Education

Single Subject Program Admission Requirements

Subject-Matter Competence

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

  • Completing a CTC-approved secondary subject-matter preparation program at CSU, Chico (verified by the subject matter adviser(opens in new window) in that department and sent directly to the School of Education), or

  • Completing a CTC-approved secondary subject-matter preparation program at another university (must provide an official, signed subject-matter verification from that university), or

  • Passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)(opens in new window) in the subject area being pursued. Note: 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

Certificate of Clearance (fingerprint clearance) or a copy of an emergency permit must be on file before beginning teaching practicum I.

How To Apply For Your Certificate of Clearance (PDF)

Degree Requirements

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. 

View the Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs for a list of accredited institutions.

Basic Skills Requirement

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.

Basic Skills Exam Options

The Application For Credential Authorizing Public School Service(opens in new window) from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) contains the exam options for the basic skills requirement.

Admission Into the University

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

Service Area Requirements

Service Area & Field Placements(opens in new window)
Candidates must reside within the CSU, Chico services areas in order to complete the credential program.

Prerequisite Courses

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


Additional documentation and requirements are necessary for a complete application to the credential program. Begin the Credential Program Application(opens in new window) to learn more.

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