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Elementary Subject Matter Waiver

After considerable effort on the part of the College Administration, Faculty, & Staff, the Liberal Studies Program (both ITEP & BA) is a Commission-Approved Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students who follow the current core requirements or curriculum of the Liberal Studies program at CSULB may be eligible to utilize their coursework to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Teacher Credentialing.

CSULB students who major in the Liberal Studies program at CSULB and complete all currently required coursework will not need to provide CSET scores for Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential Programs in the state of California starting July 2017, and will instead earn a CSET Waiver. Students who graduate from other Liberal Studies or Elementary Education programs at other institutions may also be able to earn the CSET Waiver, if they have all equivalent requirements of the Liberal Studies Bachelors Program at CSULB. Individuals who do not have all the required coursework required of the Liberal Studies Bachelors Program at CSULB will not qualify for Elementary Subject Matter Competency or a CSET Waiver through CSULB.

Requesting an Evaluation

Students who majored in Liberal Studies or Elementary Education at CSULB, or from another institution, may submit a request for an evaluation. Students currently attending CSULB and/or who graduated from a program at CSULB will not be required to submit a fee as they will be provided a free evaluation. Individuals who graduated from a Liberal Studies or Elementary Education program at another institution, and are not attending CSULB currently, will be required to pay a $50.00 fee.

Evaluation Fee
Are you a Current CSULB Student and/or Graduated from CSULB? Evaluation Fee
Yes No Fee
No $50.00

Evaluations take approximately 4-6 weeks to be processed. Requests will not be expedited, and are completed on a first come, first serve basis.

To Request an Evaluation for Elementary Subject Matter Competency at CSULB, Complete the Request Form


Requesting an Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Letter After an Evaluation

If a student needs to obtain an official Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Letter as proof of Subject Matter Competency for an employer or other programs at other institutions, students may contact the Department of Liberal Studies at to request an Official Letter through CSULB.  Students requesting an official letter must have already had an evaluation completed beforehand.

To retrieve the Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Letter, students may pick up the document at the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 or have a copy sent by email.