Important Dates

  FALL 2022 (Fall Entry)
Cal State Apply Application April 1, 2022
C&I Supplemental Materials April 1, 2022
C&I Admissions Interview Event TBD

How to Apply to the Curriculum & Instruction Program

Step 1: Cal State Apply Application (NO LATER than April 1, 2020) 

  1. Submit a graduate application to Cal Poly through Cal State Apply by the deadline. Please visit the Cal State Apply Help Center for more information. You will be required to upload the following to the Program Materials section of your Cal State Apply application*:
    • Documents
      • CV/Resume
      • Cover Letter: Explaining your interest in graduate study pursuant to an MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • Application Essay: Please respond to the following in no more than four double-spaced pages:
        • Philosophy of teaching PK-12 students (whichever grade level you have been teaching)
        • Issues in education you would like to learn more about and/or study
    • Recommendations
      • Name and email of 3 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation

        * Please note that all of the listed items are required to submit your application.
  2. Pay the $70 application fee online
  3. All graduate applicants must send an Official transcript to the Cal Poly Admissions Office directly from the degree-granting institution, by the program application deadline. You are encouraged to also send unofficial transcripts from ALL baccalaureate institutions where you have been enrolled.Instructions for submitting you for official transcripts can be found at the following link:

Before submitting your Cal State Apply Application, ensure that you have successfully completed the following:

  • Cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) 2.50 Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 are encouraged to contact Dr. Tanya Flushman,
  • GRE is NOT required
  • We encourage ALL applicants to apply for financial aid in order to be eligible for any School of Education scholarship opportunities.

Step 2: Curriculum & Instruction Applicant Interview (Typically held in the beginning of April)

Applicants will be contacted by the School of Education office to arrange an on-campus group interview time. Those unable to attend the on-campus interview may be able to interview by phone or Skype. All interviews are conducted by Curriculum & Instruction faculty. There will be an opportunity for applicants to pose any additional questions during the interview.

Step 3: Curriculum & Instruction Applicants are notified of their status (NO LATER than May 1st)

After interviews are concluded, Curriculum & Instruction faculty will make recommendations to the Cal Poly Office of Admissions for acceptance to the program. Following notification that an applicant has been recommended for acceptance to the graduate program, a Letter of Intent will be mailed to each applicant. Applicants must sign and indicate their intent to accept the offer of admission in the Letter of Intent and return the form by May 1st. The official offer of admission to the graduate program and the University will come from the Cal Poly Office of Admissions.

For assistance with the submission process, please contact the
SOE Credential Office at (805) 756-2616.

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