Important Dates

  Fall 2019
Cal State Apply Application April 1, 2019
Cover Letter and Letter of Rec to Content Advisor April 1, 2019
Professional Aptitude Interview TBA
CBEST Passing April 1, 2019
CSET/Subject Matter Competence Completion April 1, 2019
SS program Application July 1, 2019
Start of program Aug. 2019*
End of program June 2019

*The start of the credential program does not coincide with Cal Poly Calendar. The program will start with the K-12 schools

How to Apply and Program Pre-requisites

There are two applications to be admitted to the credential program: an application to the university (through Cal State Apply) and an application to the Single Subject Credential Program. Please note that the two applications have different deadlines. Below is information on how to apply to the program.

  1. Contact your prospective faculty advisor

  2. Apply to the university via Cal State Apply by the deadline (April 1). Please visit the Cal State Apply Help Center for more information.

    Note: A cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.67 at the time of application OR at least a 2.75 GPA for your last 60 semester or 90 quarter units is required. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.67 should contact the appropriate Single Subject Faculty Advisor for guidance
    1. On Cal State Apply (
      • Submit a Graduate application to Cal Poly as "Credential Only", AND
      • Pay the $55 application fee online
      • You will be required to upload the following items to your Cal State Apply application*:
        • Issuance of Certificate of Clearance, including evidence of Livescan
        • Evidence of subject matter competency
          • Pass all subtests of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) specific to your credential objective OR
          • Complete a Commission-approved subject-matter program (see SSCP application instructions for how to show you have completed a Commission-approved subject-matter program). A full list of Commission-approved subject-matter waiver programs can be found at (
        • Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
          • (see Basic Skills Requirement CL-667 for options to meet BSR). CL-667
        • A copy of your unofficial transcripts
        • Unofficial transcripts for all other colleges/universities (if applicable)
        • Name and email of 2 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation

          * Please note that all of the listed items are required to submit your application.
    2. Submit one official transcript from all colleges and universities attended other than Cal Poly to by April 1:
      • For instructions on how to submit your official transcripts, use the following link:
      • All applicants must be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited institution at the time they begin the teacher preparation program.
      • Cal Poly bachelor’s degree holders do not need to provide these transcripts
  3. Complete Professional Aptitude Interview (PAI) (Early April)

    1. Contact the appropriate Single Subject Faculty Advisor to set up interview date
    2. Download the Professional Aptitude Interview Packet and submit required documents to the Single Subject Faculty Advisor at least 1 week prior to your interview
    3. Meet with Single Subject Faculty for interview
  4. Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program by July 1

    1. Completion of all prerequisite courses
      • An approved early field-experience course (e.g., EDUC 300 or SCM 300) to include 45 hours of fieldwork in a K-12 public school
      • ENGL 361: Reading Instruction in Adolescent Literature (English candidates only; offered at Cal Poly winter quarter only)
    2. Complete Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) Application and return to the SOE Credential Office by July 1
      • Includes Health Clearance Verification (TB & Rubella Clearance)
      • Includes evidence of the speaking and writing English competencies requirement

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