Applying to Our Credential Programs

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MASTERS IN EDUCATION:  If interested in being part of our 100% online Curriculum and Instruction emphasis in Early Childhood Education cohort, please contact Heather Terry at   

MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL or COMBINED MASTERS/MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS:  Have you attended the mandatory in-person credential program overview?

How to Apply to Our Credential Program

Application Deadlines

Click here to download an updated list of deadline dates (PDF)

Application Forms and Documents

Click here for a complete listing of our application forms and documents.

Program Overviews

The first step is to attend the mandatory in-person overview where detailed information is provided about all of our program options and application process.The overview is approximately an hour and half and includes a question and answer time. NO RSVP is required.  To attend a face to face overview, please refer to the list below for upcoming sessions.

Parking: During the week you may purchase parking by the hour at the Kiosks in the Parking Structures.  Be sure to allow plenty of time to find parking and walking to the overview location.  We recommend paying for a minimum of 2-hours of parking. Overviews do begin on time and late attendees will be asked to return to attend the overview in full.

Prior to attending the in-person overview, you may click here to view our online overview online .  The online overview does not replace the in-person overview.

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Additional Requirements

Enroll at Cal State Fullerton

To apply to the Multiple-Subject Credential Program, applicants must also apply to Cal State Fullerton. Begin that process at: Cal State Apply ( Note: All credential and graduate students who intend to enroll at Cal State Fullerton must accept their offer of admission and pay a non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit. The deposit will offset a portion of the Registration Fees for the first semester.  This is NOT an additional fee.  Once paid, this deposit will reduce the cost of the fall tuition by $250.

Apply to Our Program

This application is specific to our program. Applicants need to submit this along with all of the required Application Documents. Download the Application here (PDF). Also available: download our application checklist.

Credential Application Processing Fee

Applicants can pay securely and online by clicking here, or pay on-campus at the Cashier's Office (Fullerton Campus - UH 180).

Submit all Application Documents

Below is a complete listing of required documents:

  1. Provide official transcripts from all colleges attended (including CSUF).  Two sets of transcripts are required.  One set should be submitted to the University Admissions and Records office and the second set must be submitted with the program application.
  2. Obtain Certificate of Clearance (PDF) for fingerprints/background check.
  3. Submit a 2-3 page typed autobiography
  4. Successful Completion of Program Prerequisites prior to the start of the program:
    1. Child or Human Development (choose one from the list below)
      1. CAS 312, CAS 315, CAS 325A & CAS 325B (will complete this requirement for CHAD majors), OR PSYC 361
    2. Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching EDEL 315 or equivalent & Grade of “B-” or better.
    3. Cultural Pluralism in Elementary Schools EDEL 325 or equivalent & Grade of “B-” or better.
    4. Notes:
      1. EDEL 315 and EDEL 325 are not offered during intersession or summer sessions at CSUF.
      2. Course Equivalency:
        1. If any of the prerequisite courses were completed at another college or university, please click here to check the course equivalency chart to determine if these courses will count.
        2. If a course is not listed on the course equivalency chart and an applicant believes that it meets the course requirements, a course petition form can be submitted for EDEL 315 , EDEL 325   or Human Development, along with the required documentation listed on the form.
  5. GPA at least 2.75 in all baccalaureate and post baccalaureate or GPA of at least 2.75 in last 60 semester units attempted. For the Combined program, GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units.
  6. Submit a copy of official passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or CSET writing portion. We do not accept scores sent by testing agencies.
  7. Submit a copy of official passing scores for all 3 sections of the CSET exam. We do not accept scores sent by testing agencies.
  8. Two Faculty Recommendations using provided forms.
    1. For the Combined program, applicants will need two faculty recommendation forms specifically for the combined program.
    2. For the Credential only program, either two faculty recommendation forms or one faculty recommendation and one alternative recommendation* form must be submitted. *The alternative to faculty recommendation form is reserved for applicants who have been out of school/graduated for 4 or more years and must be completed by an employer.
    3. Only use the required forms provided for the recommendations.
    4. Letters of Recommendation are only accepted in combination with a completed required recommendation form.
  9. Child Youth Experience Recommendations:
    Applicants who took EDEL 315 at CSUF may submit EDEL 315 evaluation form.  If the form has been lost or if the applicant took the equivalent of EDEL 315 at another institution then the applicant must submit a recommendation from a classroom teacher who has observed their work in a public K-6 regular education setting for at least 45 hours.
  10. TB test results (within 4 years of the start of the program)
  11. Submit a copy of CPR (Infant, Child, Adult) Certification.  The course must be taken from the approved site and cannot be an online course. The CPR Certification must remain valid for duration of the program.
Once an applicant's file is complete he/she will be contacted for an interview which also includes an assessment of written and oral proficiency. Policy 2: Proficiency in Written and Spoken English

Applicants who are planning to apply for financial aid should not wait until admission is offered. Apply for financial aid as soon as possible.  Applicants applying to the credential program must mark 5th year undergraduate when completing the FASFA form. Applicants for the combined credential/masters program must check graduate.

Submit All Documents to:

Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education
Multiple Subject Credential Program (EC-324)
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.

Mailing Address:
California State University Fullerton
Multiple Subject Credential Program (EC-324)
P.O. Box 6868
Fullerton, California 92834-6868
(657) 278-7416

*Please note applications will be accepted until the programs are full. If the deadline has passed, please check with to find out if space is available.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available within programs or departments.

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