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This page offers information regarding admission to the Health Science Credential Program.  Additional general information for prospective students is available at the Single Subject admissions page.

To apply to the Single Subject Credential Program (Health Science), students must take EDSS 300D: Introduction to Health Science Teaching.  This course is offered in the Fall semester only. As the prerequisite to admission to the Single Subject Credential Program (Health Science), EDSS 300D introduces students to the methods and professional behaviors of teaching middle and high school health in California.  EDSS 300D also guides students through the application to the Health Science Credential Program.

Undergraduate students at CSULB may take EDSS 300D as early as their junior year, but we recommend taking it as close to graduation as possible.   

Students who have graduated must apply to CSULB as post-baccalaureate or credential students at Cal State Apply OR take EDSS 300D through University Extension. Students may apply for post-baccalaureate status at the University before taking EDSS 300D; however, admission to the University does not constitute admission into the Single Subject Program.

Requirements for Program Admission

EDSS 300D guides students through the process of applying to the Health Science Single Subject Credential. Program requirements are outlined in greater detail in EDSS 300D.  The Single Subject Credential Program  admissions committee reviews each application submitted in EDSS 300D, but here are the minimum requirements for admission to the program:

  • A grade of “B” or better in EDSS 300D
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.67 in undergraduate coursework or 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units
  • Satisfactory performance in an interview with Health Science Faculty
  • Two submitted recommendation forms
  • Philosophy of teaching statement
  • Certificate of Clearance to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
  • Results of a tuberculosis skin test taken within the last four years
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and communicating orally in English
  • Proof of Basic Skills Requirement

Students submit their applications to the Single Subject Program in EDSS 300D.  Additional policies for incoming and continuing students in the program are available on the Single Subject site

Candidates with questions concerning admission or credential requirements may contact the advisor at

Appeals related to admissions requirements are considered on an individual basis. Information about admissions appeals can be found on the “Petitions” page.