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Program Admissions

CSULB Admission

Students that already hold a bachelor's degree or whom will be graduating with their degree (bachelors or masters) at the end of the current semester should apply to CSULB for the semester they wish to begin taking credential courses. ITEP Liberal Studies students do not need to reapply to the university. Please be aware that a SSN or ITIN number is required to obtain a Certificate of Clearance and apply to the Credential Program.

  • The CSULB deadline for Fall 2020 admission to the University is June 1, 2020.
    *International Student Admission Deadline for Fall 2020 admission is April 1, 2020.
  • The CSULB deadline for Spring 2021 admission to the University is November 1, 2020.
    *International Student Admission Deadline for Spring 2021 admission is October 1, 2020.

The University application deadline is firm.  Applications to the university will NOT be accepted after the deadline.  Candidates that miss the university deadline may attend through Open University until the next application period.

Instructions on how to apply to CSULB are available.

Program Admission

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Multiple Subject Credential Program will consider candiates for admission for Summer and Fall 2020 ONLY that have not you completed the Subject Matter Competency Requirement or Basic Skills Requirement. Candidates must submit proof of registration for the CBEST and CSET (if applicable) with their program application. Once testing centers reopen, candidates will need to schedule a test date ASAP and submit passing scores. Candidates admitted to the program for Summer or Fall 2020 without passing CSET or CBEST scores will not be allowed to apply for student teaching until the exams are passed. 

See Program Application Requirements below for further information regarding the program application process and information on how to submit your Summer or Fall 2020 MSCP Program Application. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center advising staff during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm) on Zoom at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can join the Zoom Advising via phone by calling 669-900-6833 and entering the Meeting ID 418 736 275 during the online advising hours.

Application Deadlines

After enrolling in the program prerequisite courses, students who meet the admission criteria may apply to the credential program.  

Credential Program Application Periods:

To Begin Pedagogy Courses in: Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
2020-2021 UTEACH   Extended to June 1, 2020
*Applications are not accepted after this deadline
Summer 2020 Extended to
May 1, 2020

May 11, 2020

Fall 2020

June 1, 2020

August 10, 2020

Spring 2021

November 1, 2020 January 4, 2021

*Program applications will be accepted after priority deadlines on a space available bases.

Complete credential program application packets must be submitted to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67, prior to the application deadline.  The MSCP application is available below under Program Application Requirements.

**For Summer and Fall 2020 Admission, Multiple Subject Credential Program application documents must be uploaded to the MSCP Application One Drive folder. Candidates must upload all documents listed below at one time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Before clicking the One Drive link, be sure you have all your application documents ready to upload.

Candidate Interview

Candidates are required to complete an interview with a program faculty member prior to being admitted to the program.  It is suggested that the interview be completed prior to submitting a program application.  Please contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 at 562-985-1105 to sign up for an interview the semester you are planning to submit your program application.  Interview times fill up so it is suggested that you contact the office early in the semester to secure an interview appointment.

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Teacher Preparation Advising Center is closed to the public however, staff are working remotely. Faculty interviews are still taking place during this time via Zoom or phone. To sign up for an interview during Spring 2020, contact TPAC during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am & 2pm-4pm) at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu

Program Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet the following admission criteria to be eligible for admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program:

  • Submission of a complete application packet prior to the appropriate deadline 
  • G.P.A. of at least 2.75 for the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units, or 2.67 overall 
  • Completion and passage of oral interview with program faculty 
  • Verification of Basic Skills Requirement
  • Current TB test verification 
  • Demonstration of Subject Matter Competence – Passage of CSET: Multiple Subjects (all three subtest) (Scores valid for ten years after passing test date and must be valid at the time credential is completed) or through completion of a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program.
  • Successful completion of pre-requisite courses with a B or better

**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Multiple Subject Credential Program will consider candiates for admission for Summer and Fall 2020 ONLY that have not you completed the Subject Matter Competency Requirement or Basic Skills Requirement. Candidates must submit proof of registration for the CBEST and CSET (if applicable) with their program application. Once testing centers reopen, candidates will need to schedule a test date ASAP and submit passing scores. Candidates admitted to the program for Summer or Fall 2020 without passing CSET or CBEST scores will not be allowed to apply for student teaching until the exams are passed. 

Program Application Requirements

**For Summer and Fall 2020 Admission, Multiple Subject Credential Program application documents must be uploaded to the MSCP Application One Drive folder. Candidates must upload all documents listed below at one time. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. BEFORE clicking the One Drive link, make sure you have all the documents listed below ready to upload.

Candidates must submit a complete program application packet to EED-67 to be admitted to the program. A complete application includes the following items:

  1. Program Application (PDF)
  2. Personal Essay (1 – 2 pages, typed or word processed) Submit a one-to two-page essay in which you describe why you have chosen teaching as a career, what you hope to accomplish as a teacher and how you view the role of a teacher. The essay must be word-processed and include your name, campus ID number and the date.
  3. One Letter of Recommendation (Via DocuSign) is required from an individual who is well acquainted with your educational training, teaching or other experience, and related activities. The letter of recommendation can come from a college instructor (NOT an EDEL instructor), a K-12 educator (not the same teacher that fills out the EDEL 380/200 Final Fieldwork Evaluation), employer or other adult who is not a relative. If you work in an educational setting, it should be from your current supervisor.
    By including any letters in your packet, you agree we may contact the writers for additional information concerning your work and personal qualifications. Please ensure that your letter is typed, on letterhead, dated, signed and includes full contact information for the writer. If the letter is not on letterhead and/or is not signed, be sure to request your Letter of Recommendation via DocuSign to allow the recommender to digitally sign and provide contact information on the Cover Sheet.
  4. EDEL 380/200 Final Fieldwork Evaluation or Second Letter of Recommendation - Candidates that have not yet completed the fieldwork at time of application submission or those that have approved course equivalencies or approved fieldwork waivers must submit a second letter of recommendation in place of the Final Fieldwork evaluation. 
    **Candidates that were unable to complete their fieldwork associated with EDEL 380/200 during Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic should upload a 2nd letter of recommendation in place of the Fieldwork Evaluation. 
  5. Unofficial Transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended - provide unofficial transcripts for all colleges or universities you have attended, including CSULB. 
  6. Verification of TB Clearance (skin test are valid for 4 years or chest x-ray valid for 8 years)
  7. Official Proof of Basic Skills Requirement - see Basic Requirement for more information and required official documentation.
    **Candidates that are using the CBEST exam to meet the Basic Skills Requirement that were unable to take the exam prior to testing centers being closed must submit proof of registration for the CBEST exam with the program application. Candidates will be required to select a test date and take the exam as soon as centers reopen. Candidates will not be eligible to apply for student teaching until they can submit passing CBEST scores.
  8. Proof of Subject Matter Competency (NOT Required for ITEP Applicants)- Either Passing CSET: Multiple Subjects Scores (Scores valid for ten years from date of test passage and must be valid at the time credential is completed) or  verification of completing a CTC approved Subject Matter Preparation Program.
    **Candidates that are using the CSET exam to meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement that were unable to take the exam prior to testing centers being closed must submit proof of registration for the CSET exam with the program application. Candidates will be required to select a test date and take the exam as soon as centers reopen. Candidates will not be eligible to apply for student teaching until they can submit passing CSET scores.
  9. Verification of Valid Certificate of Clearance or 30 Day Sub Permit
  10. Self-Assessment of Dispositions for Teaching form (PDF)

**Candidates applying for Summer or Fall 2020 admission must upload all of the documents listed above to the MSCP Application One Drive file, incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Teacher Preparation Advising Center advising staff during online advising hours (M-F 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm) on Zoom at https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​ or email us at ced-tpac@csulb.edu. If you do not have access to a computer, you can join the Zoom Advising via phone by calling 669-900-6833 and entering the Meeting ID 418 736 275 during the online advising hours.

Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Candidates that are attending through Open University, graduating with a degree (bachelors or masters), have never attended CSULB or have been away from the university for a semester or more without an approved Education Leave of Absence must also submit an application to the university at Cal State Apply by the appropriate deadline to be able to enroll in credential courses for the following semester.  The university application is separate from the program application detailed above and has seperate deadlines.  For more information go to Applying to CSULB--MSCP in the navigation menu.