Important Dates

  Summer 2020
Cal State Apply Application February 1, 2020
Professional Aptitude Interview February 21st or 28th You will be assigned to one of these dates
Basic Skills Passing February 1, 2020
CSET/Subject Matter Competence Completion February 1, 2020
SSTEP Application May 1, 2020
Start of program August 6, 2020
End of program June 2021

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 Teacher Preparation Program (SSTEP). Please note that the two applications have different deadlines. Below is information on how to apply to the program.

Update: When applying through Cal State Apply, you must choose SUMMER 2020 to successfully apply to the program.

  1. Contact your prospective faculty advisor

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

    The SSTEP program begins in the Summer, You must choose the Summer term for the year you are applying (e.g. Summer 2020).

    (GPA) of 2.75 for my last 90 quarter units (or 60 semester units) OR I have a Higher Education cumulative GPA of 2.67. If below the required GPA for both categories, contact your program advisor.
    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
        • 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. 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.
      • 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) (Late February)

    1. You will be contacted by your Cal Poly Content Advisor with your interview date and time.
    2. Download the Professional Aptitude Interview Packet and submit required documents to the Cal Poly Content Advisor at least 1 week prior to your interview.
    3. Meet with faculty, staff, and K-12 administrators for the PAI event.
  4. Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program by May 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 spring quarter only)
    2. Complete the SSTEP Application and return it to the SOE Credential Office by May 1st
      • Includes Health Clearance Verification (TB & Rubella Clearance)

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