After considerable effort on the part of the College Administration, Faculty, & Staff, the Liberal Studies Program (both ITEP & BA) is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-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.
Students who graduate from the Liberal Studies program at CSULB and complete all required coursework will not need to provide Multiple Subjects CSET scores for Multiple Subject and/or Education Specialist Credential Programs in the state of California starting July 2017. These students will instead earn a CSET waiver letter for proof of Subject Matter Competency.
Students who graduate with a Liberal Studies or Elementary Education program through another institution may submit a request for an evaluation for Subject Matter Competency if the degree earned is not from a Commission-Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program. Starting February 2020, students who graduate from an institution with a Commission-Approved Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program will not be provided an evaluation for Subject Matter Competency through CSULB, and will be instructed to contact their home or degree-earning institution regarding a CSET Waiver. For a list of all Approved Subject Matter Programs in California, refer to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Website.
Students who graduate from a program other than the Liberal Studies or Elementary Education program will not be eligible to receive proof of the Multiple Subjects CSET waiver through CSULB. Candidates for Teacher Credentialing have two primary options available for satisfying this requirement. They can either complete a Commission-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program or they can pass the appropriate Commission-adopted subject matter examination(s) (Education Code Sections 44280 and 44310).
Requesting an Evaluation for the Multiple Subject CSET Waiver
All applicants for teaching credential programs and/or student teaching need Proof of Subject Matter Competency.
Internal Evaluations (for CSULB Liberal Studies majors) take approximately 1-2 weeks to be processed and are free.
External Evaluations (for non-CSULB Liberal Studies majors) take approximately 4-6 weeks to be processed and include a $50.00 fee (if not a current CSULB student).
To Request an Evaluation for Elementary Subject Matter Competency at CSULB, Complete the Request Form.
Requesting an Elementary Subject Matter Competency Letter
If a student needs to obtain an official Elementary Subject Matter CSET-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 CED-LibSt@csulb.edu to request an Official Letter through CSULB. Students requesting an official letter must have already had an evaluation completed beforehand. If you have not had an evaluation completed, submit your request accordingly.
Individuals will be sent an official, electronic Elementary Subject Matter Competency PDF Letter, signed by a Credential Analyst, by email.