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Who is a post-baccalaureate applicant?

You are considered a post-baccalaureate applicant if you hold a Bachelor's degree and wish to continue your education for personal enrichment or to meet professional needs by pursuing a certificate, credential or second Bachelor's degree. Applicants seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree should refer to the Graduate Programs page.

What post-baccalaureate programs are offered at CSULB?

Second Bachelor's Degrees

CSULB accepts applications for a second baccalaureate degree only from highly qualified applicants to the following majors: Nursing, Engineering, Natural Sciences (excluding Biology options), Math, and Foreign Languages. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the major specific criteria required of transfer applicants in addition to the minimum post-baccalaureate admission requirements listed below. Eligible applicants will be offered admission on a space available basis after considering all eligible transfer students.

Due to the special admission requirements for Second Baccalaureate students, students are not allowed to change their degree objective nor are they eligible to declare additional bachelor-level majors or minors.

Certificate Programs

To review the list of available certificate programs at CSULB please visit the University catalog. Some certificates must be pursued concurrently while pursuing a Bachelor's or Master’s degree.  Select programs can be pursued independently as a post-baccalaureate student.

Certificate programs usually require completion of 24 to 27 units of coursework and emphasize the practical application of knowledge. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor's degree may be applied to a certificate program. However, if you choose to pursue a Master's degree only 15 units of graduate coursework may be applied to a certificate program. For more information about a specific certificate program visit the appropriate department. The award of a certificate is noted on the official transcript and is issued separately from degree diplomas.

Credential Programs

CSULB offers the following credential programs for public school teaching, specialists, service, and designated subjects, all of which have been designed to meet the current state requirements administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC):

  • Single Subject Credential
  • Multiple Subject Credential
  • Specialist Credential
  • Service Credential
  • Designated Subjects Credentials

Single Subject Credential: A Single Subject Credential authorizes a teacher to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized schools. This is commonly done in California high schools and in most California junior high and middle schools. Music, Physical Education, Art, and Foreign Language teachers in elementary schools usually have Single Subject Credentials. The Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) at CSULB is a state-approved program that prepares teachers in ten subject areas: Art, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Languages Other Than English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education & Adapted Physical Education, Science, and Social Science. The program includes courses in the single subject teaching area, in Secondary Education (EDSE), and in Single Subject Education (EDSS). Admission as a Single Subject Credential student requires an application to both the University and to the Single Subject Credential Program by the appropriate deadlines. For more information about the Single Subject Credential program and its admission requirements, visit the College of Education's Single Subject Credential website.

Multiple Subject Credential: Those desiring to become elementary teachers in California complete requirements for a Multiple Subject Credential. This credential authorizes holders to teach multiple subjects in grades pre-K through 12 in self-contained classrooms, though generally they teach at the elementary or middle school level. The Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) offers the following program choices, typically found in the elementary school: the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Preparation Program, Multiple Subject Spanish-English Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD), Multiple Subject Asian Languages-English BCLAD, and the Multiple Subject Internship. Admission as a Multiple Subject Credential student requires an application to both the University and to the Multiple Subject Credential Program by the appropriate deadlines. For admission to the MSCP, prerequisite courses must have already been completed or be in progress at the time the MSCP application packet is submitted. Only complete applications are accepted. For more information about admissions and the Multiple Subject Credential Program, visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center website.

Specialist Credential: Those who wish to teach children and youth with disabilities in California must meet the requirements for the Education Specialist Credential. At CSULB, the Education Specialist Credential Program offers two authorizations: Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe. Students can also complete a dual program and earn the credential in both Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe. Teachers with these credentials are authorized to teach students aged 5 to 22 in a variety of settings, such as a special day class, resource room, or as an inclusion support teacher in a general education setting. Admission as an Education Specialist Credential student requires an application both to the University and to the Education Specialist Credential program by the appropriate deadlines. For more information about admission to the Education Specialist Program, visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center website. For more information about the Education Specialist Credential Program, visit the College of Education's Education Specialist website.

How do I qualify for post-baccalaureate admission?

To qualify for admission to a post-baccalaureate program you must meet general university admission requirements as well as any professional, personal, scholastic or other standards for post-baccalaureate study as prescribed by the program. The general university minimum requirements are:

  • Complete a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution by the end of the summer term prior to Fall enrollment and the end of the Fall semester for Spring enrollment
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university you attended.
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirements for admission to the university. This can be met in any of the following ways:
    • Hold an advanced degree
    • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (A=4.0)
    • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units you attempted, excluding lower-division and/or extension coursework attempted after the baccalaureate degree.
    • Students in the progress of completing a baccalaureate degree may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion, if their cumulative GPA is at least 2.7 or if the GPA in their last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are calculated at a 2.5 or higher. An official transcript showing degree completion must be submitted or the offer of admission will be withdrawn.
  • Applicants satisfying the general admission requirements will have their applications forwarded to the academic department for their program. The department will then review the application for program specific requirements and make an admission decision.

How do I apply for admission?

Students who wish to earn a certificate or credential, or a second bachelor's degree must submit a Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Application along with the $55 nonrefundable application fee. To apply, visit CSUMentor. CSULB graduates or candidates must reapply to the University under the same conditions and deadlines as all other students. We will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your application. During peak periods of application processing, it may take one to two weeks for acknowledgement notices to be sent.

In addition to the University application, some programs require supplemental applications or information. Be sure to check the current application deadline page for general CSULB application deadlines and the graduate studies website for additional program specific information.

Applicants must submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope to: Enrollment Services/Admissions, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Only one set of official transcripts is required and they must be sent directly to Enrollment Services.

CSULB applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the university and to check their email regularly, as the university uses email as the official means of communication. You may update your email address or check the status of your admissions application by visiting the application status web page at: www.csulb.edu/applicationstatus. You will need your 9 digit campus identification number when you log in. This number can be found on the upper right corner of your application acknowledgement notification. If you cannot locate your campus ID number, you will be given the opportunity to use your Social Security number instead.

When will I be notified of the admission decision?

Upon receipt of all necessary documents, the University Admissions Office will review your eligibility based on the minimum University requirements listed above. If you are deemed eligible, your application will be forwarded to your academic program for review. You will receive notification of your admission status after the department has made their decision.

Be aware: Provisional offers of admission made to applicants with a degree in progress, will be subject to verification of degree conferral based on official transcripts. Admission offers may be withdrawn if degree verification is not provided by the requested deadline.

What's the next step?

Financial Aid: Check out Financial Aid to explore the programs that can assist in making CSULB affordable. Be sure to review the application procedures and priority deadlines.

Admitted Student Information: If you have already been offered admission, you should refer to the Information for Newly Admitted Post-baccalaureate and Graduate Students.

Information on teaching careers: The California Center for Teaching Careers (Cal Teach) is an excellent website for anyone considering a career in teaching. Cal Teach was instituted by former Governor Wilson and the California Legislature in 1997 to recruit qualified individuals into the teaching profession in order to alleviate the shortage of credentialed teachers in California.