Welcome to the Credential Preparation Center


Due to the COVID 19 crisis, we understand students may have difficulty completing the admissions requirements for our fall 2020 credential programs. We want to encourage you to apply to our programs regardless and have developed the following procedures as temporary solutions to barriers you may encounter:
  • CBEST and CSET cancelled exams and Certificate of Clearance: if you are applying for fall 2020 and have not been able to complete these requirements, please continue to turn in all other application materials and we will continue to process your application. Our admission staff will communicate how requirements are being modified to accommodate applicants during this time.
  • Completing fieldwork experience in pre-requisite courses: Students who are enrolled in a spring 2020 pre-requisite course that has a fieldwork/school observation requirement will not be held to the full required hours for admission purposes. This only applies to students who are completing these requirements in spring 2020. This will also apply to students who are completing these requirements with articulated courses at community colleges.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these updates. We are here to support you.


The Credential Preparation Center at California State University, Fullerton acts as the liaison between the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the credential applicant. We are committed to assure the quality of professional educators in the California elementary and secondary schools and to provide quality advisement and certification services to all professional educators it serves.  The materials provided here serve as resources as you prepare to apply for your teaching credential.  Please call or visit us if you have questions.



California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).



Sara Kirkpatrick, Credential Analyst 
Kristin Nichelini, Credential Analyst

Credential Preparation Center
2600 East Nutwood Avenue, Suite 540
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: (657) 278-3205
Fax: (657) 278-2868
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Office Hours:  
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m

Mailing Address:
CSUF Credential Preparation Center
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, CA 92834-6868