Applying to CSULB
Tips for Special Education Credential Candidates applying to the University
The Deadline to apply to CSULB for Fall 2023 is June 1, 2023.
(International Applicant Deadline for Fall 2023 is April 1, 2023)
The Deadline to apply to CSULB for Spring 2023 is November 1, 2022.
(International Applicant Deadline for Spring 2023 is October 1, 2022)
Please Note: To be admitted to a Credential Program, all candidates must have a Social Security Number or ITIN number to be able to apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the CTC and take the required examinations.
Remember! This CSULB application is separate from the Special Education Credential Program Application.
To apply to the university, go to Cal State Apply and select the appropriate term in the drop down box and click Apply.
Select “Create Account” to begin your application. Once you have created your account, you will need to “Complete Your Profile.” In the first section titled “Degree Goal” select “Second Bachelors Degree and Beyond”, then select "Teaching and Service CredentialOnly. The other questions should be self-explanatory. Click “Save Changes” once complete and then on the next page click “Start Your Application!”
On the first page of the application you will select the program to which you are applying. In the Campus dropdown box select, CSU Long Beach. A list of the open programs will appear. Click the “+” box next to the credential program you wish to apply for and then select “I am Done, Review My Selections” at the top of the page. Remember that you can only apply for one program per campus, per term. On the next page, select “Continue to My Application.”
On the next page, you will see the four areas of the application: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials. You will need to be sure to complete all of the required information in each of these areas before it will allow you to submit the application. The Program Materials section should already be completed and show as green since we do not require any additional program materials at this time.
This section should be pretty self-explanatory. In the Other Information section there is a question on “Teacher or Other Education Credential Information.” Be sure to select “Planning to apply to a credential program at a later time” if you will be taking the pre-requisites in your first semester and then apply to the program for your second semester or later or select “Planning to apply to a credential program for this term” if you have either already been admitted to the credential program or if you have already taken the pre-requisites and will be submitting a program application for this term. It will then ask for your Credential Objective. Select “Education Specialist” in the drop-down box.
You will need a copy of your transcripts to complete this section.
Colleges Attended – Enter information for each college and university you have ever attended in this section. You will need to have official transcripts from each college and university you have attended sent to Enrollment Services. If you have previously attended CSULB you will just need to submit any transcripts for institutions you have attended since you last attended CSULB, if any.
Transcript Entry – You DO NOT need to enter any of your transcripts in this section. Select “I Am Not Adding Any College Transcripts.”
GPA Entries – Enter the total units and GPA for each of your degrees.
Standardized Tests – You DO NOT need to enter any test information. Select “I Am Not Adding Any Standardized Tests.”
This section does NOT need to be completed.
Experiences – You DO NOT need to add any experiences. Select “I Am Not Adding Any Experiences.”
There is nothing required in this section since you will be submitting your program application while enrolled in or after the completion of At least 3 pre-requisites, one of which must be EDSP 454.
Once you have completed all 4 areas of the application, they will appear green when they are complete, you are ready to submit it. You will need to pay the $70 application fee before being allowed to submit the application. Be sure to request official transcripts be sent to CSULB form all institutions you have ever attended (community colleges, universities, etc.) Your application will not be processed until they receive all of your transcripts. Transcripts should be sent to:
California State University, Long Beach
ATTN: Graduate Admission
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Reapplying as a Post-Baccalaureate Student
Once you complete your degree (bachelors or masters) and graduate from CSULB, you must reapply to the University as a post-baccalaureatestudent in order to be eligible to continue to take courses to complete the credential program. Undergraduates may begin taking program courses as a junior or senior; however, it is recommended that undergraduates take only a maximum of 12 units of credential courses as an undergraduate and submit a Request for Graduate Credit in the Senior Year prior to graduating.
Students who failed to submit an Application for an Educational Leave and do not enroll in classes for at least one semester must reapply to the University to be matriculated.