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Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

To become an elementary school teacher, you will need to complete an approved Multiple Subject teacher preparation program. There are several quarterly Multiple Subject Informational Meetings scheduled and/or you may contact the Admissions Advisor, Arlena Allende at aallende@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5291 for an appointment to obtain program admissions advisement.

In order to be officially admitted to the Multiple Subject or Multiple Subject Integrated Track credential program, you will need to apply for admission to the University and submit a Program Admission File (P.A.F.) to Program Admissions (CE-102): NOTE: The Multiple Subject credential program has a Bilingual Authorization option available.

The Multiple Subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as classrooms in most elementary schools, in grades preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults. In addition, the holder of a Multiple Subject teaching credential may serve in a core or team teaching setting.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has comprehensive leaflets listing all of the requirements for obtaining a 

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No provided you supply completed applications that meet both University and College of Education marked deadlines and meet all requirements.

No but CSUSB General Track and all other candidates must apply.

There are two applications required for applicants who have a BA, one to the University at CSU Apply. The other application, is a series of documents called the Program Admissions File (PAF) and is directed to the College of Education.

Yes they would but note that the ENG 311 and PSYC 350 or ESPE 350 would have to have been satisfied at a university since these are upper division courses.

You could with approval be allowed to transfer up to 14 quarter units or 9.3 semester units. You would be required to complete a course substitution form for each course.

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) assesses future educators on basic reading, writing and mathematics skills. The format is given as a multiple choice with the exception of the writing section containing two essay topics.

Yes if you are enering the Multiple Subject program with the student teaching option.

All of the credentialing courses could be taken in the latter afternoon, evening or Saturday. But teacher supervision is conducted during the elementary school day requiring the candidate to be at a school site, Monday through Friday, for two quarters. Candidates also have the option of reserving student teaching till the end of the program.

Courses are offered both during the day and at night with the exception of teacher supervision that must be done during the day. Most courses will typically require one class meeting per week.

No, a 2.67 GPA or higher is absolutely required to enter the credentialing program at this time.

You can submit what is called a “Course Substitution Form” found at the College of Education’s Student Services, room 102. You would need to submit an unofficial transcript showing the completed class and a copy of the course description from a catalog or bulletin or the course syllabus.

You can teach in K-8th grades. However a teacher authorized for multiple subjects may be assigned to teach in any self contained classroom.

No you would be obligated to complete the RICA before applying for your teaching credential.

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) satisfies the state requirement of subject matter competency in the areas that are to be taught. It consists of three separate subtests composed of both multiple-choice and short essay responses covering all the subjects taught in elementary school.

We encourage candidates to either attend our quarterly Multiple Subject Informational Meetings or seek individual advisement at our College of Education by calling Ms. Arlena Allende (909) 537-5291 or aallende@csusb.edu.

In the CSUSB teacher credential program, we have a number of partner districts in which we place students. The CSUSB program has chosen this model for teacher preparation because the faculty and the districts (who are looking to hire the best prepared teachers) believe it is the optimal model to prepare new teachers. By being in the same school for your entire program, you are more likely to develop the trust and experience with the school necessary for you take over teaching responsibilities earlier and with confidence during student teaching. You will also learn better how the academic year develops for K-12 students having been with the same school for most of the year. Finally, this model provides continuity and access to a school for the completion of your Teaching Performance Assessment exams taken at various times in your program.

Single Subject Teaching Credential FAQ

To become a middle school or high school teacher, you will need to complete an approved Single Subject teacher preparation program. There are several quarterly Single Subject Informational Meetings scheduled and/or you may contact the Admissions Advisor, Arlena Allende at aallende@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5291 for an appointment to obtain program admissions advisement.

In order to be officially admitted to the Single Subject or Single Subject Integrated Track ((Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics only) credential program, you will need to apply for admission to the University and submit a Program Admission File (P.A.F.) to Program Admissions (CE-102):

NOTE: The Single Subject credential program has an Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization option available:

The Single Subject teaching credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools, in grades preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has comprehensive leaflets listing all of the requirements for obtaining a 

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Yes the College of Education offer several of options:

  • Bachelor's Degree: B.S. and B.A. in Career Technical Studies
  • Teaching Credentials for Designated Subject, Adult Education and Supervision and Coordination.
  • Masters of Arts Degree in Career and Technical Studies

Visit the Career and Technical Education program website for more information:

Actual paid work experience in just about anything is the basis for qualifying to become an ROP (Regional Occupation Program) or Adult Education teacher. In most cases a degree is not required, though in many instances college level course work can be used to at least partially meet work experience requirements. In most instances, at least five years of such experience, plus completion of specific teacher preparation courses, is needed in order to qualify for the "Designated Subjects Teaching Credential" required to teach ROP or Adult Ed. courses.

Visit the Career & Technical Education Adult Education program website.

A Designated Subjects Teaching Credential, issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, has two levels: Preliminary and Clear. The Preliminary credential can be issued primarily on the basis of work experience. Once someone has a Preliminary credential they typically have two years to complete the specific teacher preparation courses required for the Clear credential. It is, of course, advantageous to complete that coursework before seeking the preliminary credential. Visit our website for more detailed information about the related teacher education courses offered through CSU, San Bernardino.

Career & Technical Teacher Credential

If you need any of the ECTS courses in order to meet Credentialing Requirements, please follow the "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" link below, follow those explicit instructions AND send an e-mail to Dr. Joe Scarcella jscarcel@csusb.edu that includes the following information:

That it is CRITICAL you be admitted for the Current Quarter as you "need the ECTS courses to meet Comission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential" and unless you are able to "enroll in the ECTS courses during the Current Quarter," you could lose your preliminary credential and consequently the teaching position at which you are currently employed.

With the information indicated above, I am hopeful that I will be able to help facilitate your admission. I'll certainly give it my best shot, but I need the e-mail indicated above in order to go forward.

It is recommended, but not essential to take ECTS 501, 504, 518 and 519 all during the same quarter. The ECTS 501 course has proven to be very helpful to anyone beginning (or about to begin) a new teaching assignment and I will be happy to work with anyone who would like to have a "head start" on the ECTS 501 assignments. E-mail me (jscarcel@csusb.edu) to request the link to the free online ECTS 501 course materials (E-Text) and you can begin working on those course assignments before you are officially enrolled or even admitted.

All of the online ECTS courses (starting with ECTS 501) required for the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential meet Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) standards (including CLAD) and our Designated Subjects Credential Program has been fully approved and identified as an "exemplary program" by the CTC. The ECTS courses required for the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential can also be applied toward either a Bachelors or a Masters degree.

If the information presented here will meet your needs it will certainly be to your advantage to ACT NOW!

Anyone who will be taking only ECTS courses required for their Designated Subjects (DS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential, and who can complete all the required ECTS courses within one year can be admitted to CSUSB as a transitory "DS Credential Courses Only" student without meeting entrance exam, math/English and transcript requirements!

Important Dates:

Cutoff dates for filing for "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" are:

  • December 15, 2016 for Winter Quarter that starts in January 2017.
  • March 15, 2017 for Spring Quarter that starts in April 2017.
  • July 15, 2016 for Fall Quarter that starts in September 2018.

Under special circumstances, applications may be accepted through the first week of classes.

Applicants whose teaching jobs may depend on their being admitted and enrolled in the ECTS "Credential Only" courses may be able to be admitted after the cutoff dates, but will, at the time of their application, need to indicate on their application that they need the ECTS courses NOW in order to meet credentialing requirements, and include that information in the e-mail you send to Dr. Joe Scarcella at: jscarcel@csusb.edu

Also, if you would like a head start, ask Dr. Joe Scarcella about starting to work online on DS/CTE on the Credential (ECTS) course assignments in any of the courses he teaches prior to the start of of the Quarter you intend to officially enroll.

In order to insure that the courses needed remain open, it is ESSENTIAL to apply for admission for the appropriate Quarter and then officially enroll in the courses needed AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

PLEASE NOTE: "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" applicants are not eligible for financial aid and not eligible for fee waivers through CSUSB. Financial aid and fee waivers may be available for students admitted to either a bachelor or master degree program if they follow the regular admission process for traditional degree seeking students. The link just below leads to current information about:

Tuition and Fee$

Any "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" applicants who later decide to enter a degree program or pursue any other course of study, must reapply for admission to CSUSB as a traditional student and must at that time meet all of the admission requirements for the program they want to pursue. All of the ECTS credentialing courses can be applied to our Career and Technical Education Bachelor or Master Degree Programs.

Anyone interested in our Bachelor Degree Programs in Career and Technical Education, please contact Sid Burks sburks@csusb.edu.

Anyone interested in our Masters Degree Program in Career and Technical Education, please contact Dr. Joe Scarcella jscarcel@csusb.edu

Anyone interested in the expedited "Credential Only" application, please follow the three step process indicated below.

Step 1 - Applying for Admission

If you want to apply for "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only," please follow the link to the "DS Credential Courses Only Application Form" below, then print and complete that paper form and send it with the application fee (a check for $55 made out to CSUSB Admission) via US Postal Mail to:

Admissions Office
CSU, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA, 92407
(Attn: DS Credential Courses Only)

Completed applications that are sent in via fax are processed more quickly. The fax number is 909-537-7034 and the cover page should indicate "Attention: Processing Unit, Office of Admissions, DS Credential Courses Only Program". If you fax your application, please mail the $55 check to the Admissions Office (Processing Unit) with a note attached indicating your name and the date your DS Credential Courses Only application was faxed.

After downloading the "DS Credential Courses Only Application Form" from the link below, Please RETURN TO THIS PAGE and follow the "VERY IMPORTANT" directions and examples on the remainder of this page to complete the application process.

Download the form at 

VERY IMPORTANT: To facilitate the admission process, any "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" applicant must also send, on the same day that the Application for Admission form is mailed or faxed, an e-mall (as indicated below) to:

Dr. Joe Scarcella ~ jscarcel@csusb.edu

That e-mail should include the following information (all 6 items):

  • Your first and last name (as on the application).
  • Indicate either "Graduate" OR "Undergraduate"
    If you have a Bachelors Degree you are a "Graduate"
    Otherwise, you are an "Undergraduate.
  • Your correct current e-mail address.
  • The exact date the application was mailed or faxed.
  • The Quarter and Year to be officially enrolled (such as Fall 2011 or WINTER 2012, etc.).
  • The online ECTS course numbers you plan to enroll in for that quarter (such as ECTS 501, 504, 518 & 519 or ECTS 502 & 503). All of the "main campus" ECTS courses are done all online.

SPECIAL NOTE for PALM DESERT CAMPUS (ONLY) - Anyone who lives in the Palm Desert area and plans to actually attend the ECTS classes on the Palm Desert Campus, please add an item #7 that states "Palm Desert Campus".

Please be sure to indicate the "SUBJECT" of your e-mail as "DS Credential Only Application" and your name (such as "Mary Smith").

An EXAMPLE of what your e-mail should look like is as follows:

TO:scarcel@csusb.edu
SUBJECT: DS Credential Only Application - Mary Smith

  1. My first and last name is Mary Smith.
  2. I am an UNDERGRADUATE
  3. My e-mail address is WordSmith@whatever.com
  4. My application was mailed on July 1, 2011
  5. I need to enroll for FALL Quarter, 2011.
  6. I plan to enroll in the "all online" ECTS 501, 504, 518 & 519.

Once admitted, it is still necessary to register and pay for the specific ECTS courses needed before the beginning of the quarter indicated on the application. All distance learning students must register for one of the main campus sections of each ECTS course they wish to enroll in (no attendance at any class session is required for any ECTS distance learning student).

After your application for admission has been processed you must then complete the enrollment process described in STEP 2 just below.

Step2 - Enrolling in Courses

As soon as possible after you have been admitted (as either "Special Admission for DS Credential Courses Only" or to a specific degree program) you need to activate your "MyCoyote" student ID and complete the registration process through the MyCoyote system.

Your MyCoyote Student ID number should be sent to you in an e-mail or letter from CSU San Bernardino. If you do not receive that letter within two weeks of the time you apply for admission, please e-mail Dr. Joe Scarcella jscarcel@csusb.edu ASAP to indicate the date you applied, that no application status information is posted on the "status" link referenced above and that you have not received any information about the status of your application. It will also helpful to remind Dr. Joe Scarcella of the specific ECTS courses you need to be enrolled in.

It is highly recommended to enroll in the following all-online courses; ECTS 501, ECTS 519, ECTS 504 and/or ECTS 518, during the your first Quarter. If the ECTS 501 and ECTS 518 courses offered by Dr Joe Scarcella are taken together, additional time (if needed) may be allowed to complete the ECTS 518 course assignments.

Courses offered at the Palm Desert Campus are done in traditional in-class format.

Check the online Course Schedule to get the Call Numbers for the ECTS courses you need to register for in the Quarter that you need to officially enroll in those courses.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please pay your registration (enrollment) fees at the same time you register for ECTS courses. In some cases it is possible to register without paying the fees, but anyone who hasn't paid the fees within 5 days of registration is dropped from the courses they have enrolled in by the registration software program. If you register without paying and are dropped from the course because of that, you will need to REINROLL by going through the whole enrollment process again!

PLEASE - After completing the online course registration process, double check your MyCoyote account information to confirm that you have been officially enrolled in the courses you need and that all of the required fees have been paid in full.

After you have been officially admitted and have your MyCoyote Student ID number, if you encounter any difficulty with the "MyCoyote" course registration process, please telephone Janet Brooks at 909-537-7370 for assistance.

Step 3 - Contact Course Instructor

As soon as you have completed the official registration process, please send an e-mail message to the course instructor for each ECTS course you have enrolled in. Include your full name, your "MyCoyote" student ID number and a list of all the ECTS courses you have enrolled in for the current quarter. If you have not already done so, please also request the link to that instructor's most current course materials (E-TEXT).

PLEASE NOTE: The DS Credential Courses Only Application for Admission should be completed as far in advance as possible and registration completed and paid for as soon as possible.

Please visit the Career & Technical Education web site for additional program and course information.

Yes: all ECTS courses required for the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential are now done completely online with no required class meetings and are designed so that the assignments can be completed at any time, day or night, form any computer with an Internet connection.

Yes. Registration fees depend on the number of courses officially enrolled in each quarter.

Almost all such problems can be solved. It is important that you do two things. First, file your application for admission to California State University, San Bernardino as described on this website. Second, if you run into any problems, send an e-mail to Dr. Joe Scarcella (with your full name and the date you submitted your application) briefly explaining the problem.

Anyone who has basic computer skills and is able to access information on the World Wide Web should start with ECTS 501. Anyone who has not developed basic web surfing, e-mail and word processing skills is highly encouraged to take a beginning computer skills course that addresses web surfing, e-mail and word processing BEFORE attempting any of the ECTS courses. Such courses are available at minimum cost through local community colleges and/or adult education programs.

ECTS 501 is required for the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential (both CTE and Adult). It is also required for the Bachelor's Degree in Career and Technical Education at CSUSB or can be applied to an MA degree if not taken as an undergraduate. It is open to anyone who would like to acquire and/or improve basic instructional skills and should be completed before starting any other ECTS courses. The ECTS 501 course has proven to be particularly beneficial for those who teach (or would like to teach) in a:

  • Regional Occupational Program
  • Adult Education Program
  • Community College
  • Correctional Institution
  • Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Fire Science Training Academy
  • Private Post-Secondary School

Any of the other ECTS courses. It is recommended that you take ECTS 501 and ECTS 519 concurrently. It would be advantageous to take ECTS 501, ECTS 519 and ECTS 504 during the same quarter and then take ECTS 518, ECTS 502 and ECTS 503 during the following quarter.

The best way to see how much work is involved is review the actual online course materials (E-TEXT) for each course. These materials are free! just contact the instructor for each course to request a link to the E-TEXT for his or her course. Start with the E-TEXT for ECTS 501. Each E-TEXT has comprehensive directions and examples for each assignment as well as links to related background information.

Yes, for information about the Bachelor's Degree, contact Sid Burks (sburks@csusb.edu). For information about the Master's Degree, contact Dr. Joe Scarcella (jscarcel@csusb.edu).

Yes. There is a form that refers to "simultaneous enrollment" that the student has to get and both instructors have to approve. Undergraduate students get the form from Academic Services in UH-380 or telephone 909-880-5034. Graduate students get the form from Graduate Studies in AD-127 or telephone 909-880-5058. If you encounter any particlarly difficult problems, please e-mail Dr. Joe Scarcella or any of the full-time ECTS Program Faculty.

In most cases it is recommended that you wait until you have a good prospect for a teaching job before you apply. Once you do apply for your PRELIMINARY credential you only have one year at CSUSB to complete the course requirements. Also, in order to clear a PRELIMINARY credential you must actually teach under that credential. One thing to be careful about is that anyone applying for the PRELIMINARY Designated Subjects Teaching Credential must have at least one year of their qualifying work experience within the last three years. Under any circumstances it is advantageous to take the ECTS 501 course as soon as possible.

The State of California requires that anyone applying for a teaching credential must have completed a course (or passed a test) that addresses issues related to the U.S. Constitution. College of Extended Learning - U.S. Constitution Challenge Examination

The State of California requires that anyone applying for a teaching credential must have completed course that addresses basic health issues. Follow the link just below for more information about meeting this requirement through the UC San Diego Extension - Health Education for the Teacher

Yes. Anyone taking teacher preparation courses is required to have a measles vaccination prior to their second quarter at CSUSB. This needs to be cleared through the CSUSB Student Health Center and applies to distance learners as well as traditional students. There is a "measles hot line" at 909-880-7356. Please see the Student Health Center Immunization Requirements for more details.

Yes, but only if you are accepted into a degree program. If you apply as "Credential only," just to take the ECTS credential courses, you will not be able to qualify for financial aid. For additional information please contact the Financial Aid office here at CSUSB to find out more about Financial Aid.

Yes, any California resident who is "60 or over" may be able to enroll in courses through CSUSB for as little as $22 per quarter. Follow the link just below to information about: 60 and Over Fee Waivers.

Yes, but qualification is dependent on the ECTS courses being taken as part of a degree program. The ECTS courses are required for both the BVE or the MA in Voc. Ed. programs and can be taken before completing other courses in those programs. Follow the link just below to see information about:Veteran Certification.

Yes, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has approved the CSUSB Designated Subjects Credentials Programs (and recommended it as a "model program" and all of our programs are also accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Follow the link to see our

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Grades cannot be officially posted until the end of the quarter in which a student is officially enrolled in the course. This applies under all circumstances, even if all course requirements are met before the end of that quarter. If it will help, course instructors can provide a letter for any officially enrolled student who has completed course requirements before the end of the quarter, indicating what that student's grade will be when it is officially posted.

Information about transcripts is posted at Request a CSUSB Transcript.

Follow the "Region Directory" links below to see:

In most cases you can be certified teach almost anything that you have had at least 5 years of paid work experience actually doing. There is a list of specific subjects, as well as good related information, posted on the web site of the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing - Adult Education and Career Technical Education Credentials.

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Education Specialist Instruction Credential

To become a special education teacher, you will need to complete an approved Education Specialist teacher preparation program. There are several quarterly Special Education Informational Meetings scheduled and/or you may contact the Program Credential Advisor, Shelia Braggs atsbraggs@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5621 for an appointment to obtain program advisement.

In order to be officially admitted to the special education credential program, you will need to apply for admission to the University and submit a Program Admission File (P.A.F.) to Program Admissions (CE-102).

The Education Specialist instruction credential authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student's access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction and Special Education Support to individuals in the area of specialization listed on the credential.

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M): Includes specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate mental retardation; other health impairment; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
  • Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S): Includes autism; deaf-blindness; moderate to severe mental retardation; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE): Includes the mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities listed above and traumatic brain injury, and authorizes service to children ages birth to pre-kindergarten only.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has comprehensive leaflets listing all of the requirements for obtaining an 

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Visit the Special Education program website for more information: 

For more information, Special Education Program Email: specialeducation@csusb.edu or Call: 909-537-7406

You can get assistance at:

College of Education Student Services Office 
College of Education Building
Room CE-102
Phone: 909-537-7413

Office hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-5:30pm
Fridays: 9:00-4:30pm (Closed between 12-1pm)

Administrative Services Credential

To become an administrator, you will need to complete an approved Administrative Services credential program. For program advisement, contact Educational Leadership & Curriculum at (909) 537-7404 to obtain faculty advisors' office hours.

In order to be officially admitted to the Administrative Services credential program, you will need to apply for admission to the University and submit all required documentation to Admissions:
Administrative Services Preliminary (Tier I)
Administrative Services Clear (Tier II)

The Administrative Services credential authorizes the holder to provide the following services in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organizes primarily for adults:

  • Develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs
  • Evaluate certificated and classified personnel
  • Provide students' discipline, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion
  • Provide certificated and classified employees discipline, including but not limited to, suspension, dismissal, and reinstatement
  • Supervise certificated and classified personnel
  • Manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services
  • Recruit, employ, and assign certificated and classified personnel
  • Develop, coordinate, and supervise student support services, including but not limited to extracurricular activities, pupil personnel services, health services, library services, and technology support services

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has comprehensive leaflets listing all of the requirements for obtaining an 

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Pupil Personnel Services Credential

To become a school counselor and/or school psychologist, you will need to complete an approved Pupil Personnel Services credential program. There are quarterly cohort meetings scheduled and/or you may contact Educational Psychology & Counseling at (909) 537-5606 to obtain faculty advisors' office hours.

In order to be officially admitted to the Pupil Personnel Services credential program, you will need to apply for admission to the University and submit all required documentation to the appropriate program coordinator:
School Counseling: 
School Psychology:

The specialization in School Counseling authorizes the holder to perform the following duties:

  • Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal, and social development
  • Advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students
  • Provide school-wide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services
  • Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students' needs
  • Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in California Education Code, Section 49600

The specialization in School Psychology authorizes the holder to perform the following duties:

  • Provide services that enhance academic performance
  • Design strategies and programs to address problems of adjustment
  • Consult with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties
  • Conduct psycho-educational assessment for purposes of identifying special needs
  • Provide psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families
  • Coordinate intervention strategies for management of individuals and school-wide crises

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has comprehensive leaflets listing all of the requirements for obtaining a 

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There are several ways to get started: One way is make an appointment with one of the recruitment advisors depending on the program you wish to apply. Another way to get started is to attend one of the many informational meetings offered by the programs (these dates are listed on each program's website). Finally, you could just apply to the program of your choice.

Arlena Allende
Program Admissions Advisor
Masters & Advanced Credentials, Single and Multiple Subject Credentials
aallende@csusb.edu
909-537-5291

Shelia Braggs 
Program Admission Advisor Special Education Credentials 
sbraggs@csusb.edu
909-537-5621

The Certificate of Clearance verifies that the credential candidate has completed the Commission on Teacher Credentialing professional conduct review evaluated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has met the personal qualifications necessary to obtain a regular California teaching or service credential. Credential candidates who do not hold a valid California document or a valid Certificate of Clearance must submit an Application for Certificate of Clearance prior to official and unconditional admission to a credential program and no less than 60 working days prior to enrolling in course work requiring field experience in the public schools.

The Accelerated Subject-matter Acquisition Program (ASAP) offers affordable, accessible, applicable California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) preparations. ASAP has successfully supported individuals from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds, some of whom attempted an examination multiple times, with limited success before coming to the program from coaching.

Administrative Services Credential :
Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate Severe):
Pupil Personnel Services Credential (School Counseling and/or School Psychology):
Reading and Language Specialist Credential and/or Certificate:

No, students with varied academic and professional backgrounds meet the qualifications for admission.

Credential Processing has three options available for submitting the Application for On-line Credential Recommendation:
NOTE: Application for Designated Subjects Credential Recommendation must be processed in-person or by mail.

Masters Degree

There are several ways to get started: One way is to make an appointment with the Recruitment Specialist or register for Program Virtual Advising. Another way to get started is to attend one of the many informational meetings offered by the programs (these dates are listed on each program's website). Finally, you could just apply to the program of your choice.

Arlena Allende 
Program Admissions Advisor 
Masters and Advanced Credential Programs 
aallende@csusb.edu
909-537-5291

The Certificate of Clearance verifies that the credential candidate has completed the Commission on Teacher Credentialing professional conduct review evaluated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has met the personal qualifications necessary to obtain a regular California teaching or service credential. Credential candidates who do not hold a valid California document or a valid Certificate of Clearance must submit an Application for Certificate of Clearance prior to official and unconditional admission to a credential program and no less than 60 working days prior to enrolling in course work requiring field experience in the public schools.  (updated by rg 2016)

  • graduate writing requirement
  • 12 unit limit
  • seven year course rule
  • extension of time to complete and incomplete
  • retroactive withdrawal

Yes, all of our programs are accredited in their respective areas and the college is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Accreditation is very important because it shows that the institution is meeting or exceeding the highest standards possible. In addition teachers trained by accredited institutions are often hired first and are more successful in their teaching positions than those teachers who are trained by non- accredited institutions.

The prospective students should send their recommendation letters to Shani Sims (ssims@csusb.edu) who collects such paperwork for all COE programs. Please let the students know that they could still start the program while we are waiting for the recommendation letters; surely, their GPA needs to fulfill the requirement.

Credential Processing

College of Education Building, CE 102 Please refer to Credential Processing page for more detailed information.

Credential Processing provides services to credential candidates with the processing of the credential recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (C.T.C.) once the credential program and all requirements have been successfully completed. Please refer to Credential Processing services page for detailed information by program option.

Please refer to Credential Processing web page for detailed information on the Designated Subjects: Preliminary Career Technical Education and Designated Subjects Clear (Adult/Career Technical Education/Special Subjects/Supervision & Coordination/Vocational Education) credentials.

Credential application fees range from $25-$35. Please refer to Credential Processing page for processing fees and payment methods.

The direct link for the On-line Submission of the Application for Credential Recommendation may be located at the College of Education Forms & Applications page under Credential Processing Applications: On-line Submission section. Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all credential requirements are successfully completed and that all required documentation (located by program option on the Credential Processing services page) is in their program file at Credential Processing prior to or at the time of submission of the application.

Please refer to Credential Processing page for submission options and payment methods.

The Application for Credential Recommendation may be submitted at the beginning of the last quarter of program course work at CSUSB only. All program requirements, i.e., examinations and/or hands-on Infant, Child & Adult CPR must be successfully completed and official verification in hand at the time of application. NOTE: Designated Subjects applicants are not eligible to apply with course work in progress.

The Health Education requirement may be satisfied with a course that covers the physiological and sociological effects from the use and abuse of alcohol, narcotics and drugs as well as the use of tobacco. In addition, "hands-on" Infant, Child & Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is also required (offered separately). HSCI 540 at CSUSB fulfills the Health Education requirement and The CSUSB College of Extended Learning offers Infant, Child & Adult CPR training. Please contact the College of Extended Learning at (909) 537-5975 or visit the College of Extended Learning website for detailed information.

CPR training must be obtained from an agency that provides "hands-on" Infant, Child and Adult CPR, i.e., American Red Cross or American Heart Association. The CSUSB College of Extended Learning also offers Infant, Child & Adult CPR training. Please contact the College of Extended Learning at (909) 537-5975 or visit the College of Extended Learning website for detailed information.

U.S. Constitution may be satisfied with at least a two-semester unit course that covers the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution: American civilization from the age of exploration and colonialization through the civil war and reconstruction (generally listed as a History to the 1800s at a community college). HIST 146, 200 540; PSCI 203, 410 OR 411 at CSUSB fulfills this requirement OR the CSUSB College of Extended Learning offers a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (C.T.C.) approved U.S. Constitution examination. Please contact the College of Extended Learning at (909) 537-5975 or visit the College of Extended Learning website for detailed information.

Please refer to College of Education Forms & Applications page under Credential Processing Forms for the application and instructions for a Request for Course Substitution.

The results of the evaluation will be e-mailed to the applicant and the recommendation processed to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (C.T.C.) within approximately 2-4 weeks of the submission date. Applicants with course work in progress will not be formally recommended to C.T.C. until 2-4 weeks after CSUSB grades have been posted.

Please refer to Credential Processing services page for detailed information by program option.

Applicants have 90 days after the credential recommendation date to follow through with C.T.C.'s online application. Non-compliance will result in C.T.C. cancelling the recommendation and the applicant having to re-process an Application for Credential Recommendation with the appropriate fees.

A Request for Pre-evaluation is a service offered and conducted by the Credential Analysts to determine the status of the credential program and/or eligibility for the credential recommendation. NOTE: There is no fee associated with this request although, there will only be one Pre-evaluation conducted for each type of credential program. If a Pre-evaluation has been previously conducted, the applicant may apply for a Request for Program Completion Verification (processing fee required).

Please refer to Credential Processing services page to process a Request for Pre-evaluation and/or a Request for Program Completion Verification.

Please refer to Credential Processing services page to process a Request for a Subject Matter Competency Completion/Four-Fifths Completion Letter (processing fee required).

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Program Admissions

A Certificate of Clearance verifies that the credential candidate has completed a C.T.C. professional conduct review evaluated by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Please refer to College of Education Forms & Applications page under C.T.C. Applications and Forms for the Certificate of Clearance Application and Instructions for Certificate of Clearance Application. (updated - 2016)

Please refer to College of Education Forms & Applications page under P.A.F. Applications for the Change of Name and/or Mailing Address form.