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Elementary Subject Matter Waiver

Liberal Studies as an Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program

After considerable effort on the part of the College Administration, Faculty, & Staff, the Liberal Studies Program (both ITEP & BA) is now a Commission-Approved Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students who follow the current Core Requirements of the Liberal Studies program at CSULB may utilize their coursework to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Teacher Credentialing instead of taking the Multiple Subject CSETs. CSULB students who major in the Liberal Studies program and complete the 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. Students from other programs in other institutions, who are pursuing their Teaching Credential at CSULB, may also be able to earn the waiver as well, if they have all equivalent requirements (coursework) to the Liberal Studies Degree at CSULB.

Students may demonstrate Elementary Subject Matter Competency for the Multiple Subject or Special Education Credential Programs by either providing passed CSET scores for Multiple Subjects and/or providing proof of a CSET waiver after having completed the appropriate coursework/program approved by the CTC.


Requesting A Subject Matter (CSET) Waiver Evaluation

To request an evaluation to see if you are eligible for a CSET Waiver and if you have already met Elementary Subject Matter Competency, refer to the following -

Liberal Studies Students from CSULB

Eligiblity: Graduated or on path to graduate with a Liberal Studies degree at CSULB, following all the current core requirements of the program.

Complete the Evaluation Request Form (external Google Doc)

Students from Another Bachelor's Program and/or University

Eligibility: Graduated with a Liberal Studies degree or similar, following all requirements deemed equivalent to the Liberal Studies program at CSULB. Students from other programs or institutions must first be admitted to CSULB for post-bac admissions to pursue the credential program and/or be enrolled in the pre-requisite courses, in order to receive an evaluation for the waiverAt this point in time, evaluations of coursework from other programs or institutions will only be completed if the student will be pursuing a Teaching Credential at CSULB as well. 

Complete the Evaluation Request Form (external Google Doc)

Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Evaluations may take up to 3-6 weeks to complete.

Requesting an Official Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Letter

If a student plans to attend a Teacher Credential Program at another Institution and/or if a student is requested to provide an Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Letter as proof of Subject Matter Competency for an employer, then 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 either pick up the document at the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 or send a self-addressed envelope to:

CSULB: Teacher Preparation Advising Center


1250 Bellflower Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90840