Admission Requirements & How to Apply
Please Note: The Single Subject Credential Program only starts once per year in the Summer term. All applicants must submit a Summer term application by the February 1st deadline and have their bachelor’s degree conferred prior to the program start in July.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS & PREREQUISITES:
- Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed from a regionally accredited institution. Must have a bachelor’s degree conferred prior to the program start in July.
- GPA - Cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for my last 90 quarter units (or 60 semester units) OR have a Higher Education cumulative GPA of 2.67. If below the required GPA for both categories, contact your program advisor as soon as possible.
- Meet with your Single Subject Content Advisor to verify completion of 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. Complete the Verification of Early Field Experience form with your content advisor.*
- ENGL 361: Reading Instruction in Adolescent Literature (English candidates only; offered at Cal Poly spring quarter only) If you are fulfilling this requirement via a course substitution, please complete the Approval of Course Substitution form with your content advisor.
- Verification 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. (For verification, follow the instructions on page 4 of the SSTEP application.)
- Basic Skills Requirement** - Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by ONE of the following methods:
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP - Mathematics and English)
- Pass the CSU Placement Examinations (ELM and EPT),
- ACT Scores (23 or higher in Mathematics and 22 or higher in English)
- SAT Scores (prior to 2016 - 550 or higher in Mathematics and 500 or higher in Reading, after 2016 - 570 or higher in Mathematics and 560 or higher in Reading/Writing)
- AP Scores
- Certificate of Clearance (COC) – Complete the two-step process* including LiveScan fingerprinting and COC application on the CTC website and ensure issuance of a Certificate of Clearance. *COC Instruction Sheet & LiveScan Form
Two letters of recommendation - applicants will input the name and email address of two references who will complete a survey and upload a letter of recommendation
- Professional Aptitude Interview
* NOTE: This requirement is being waived for Summer 2021 admission due to COVID restrictions and schools being mostly online. If you are applying for Summer 2021 you will not be required to complete this item. In the application, you can upload a note stating, "EFE not required for Summer 2021 admission"
** NOTE: Temporary flexibilities adopted as part of EO N-66-20 and SB 820 dictate that for Summer 2021 candidates, this is not an admission requirement. This requirement must be completed prior to the preliminary single subject credential recommendation, and are not currently an admission requirement. If you cannot submit passing scores with your application, please attempt to register and submit proof of registration so that we can ensure you are in progress with this requirement. If you cannot submit passing scores or proof of registration, please upload a document stating your intent to register and pass the required CSET and/or CBEST.
HOW TO APPLY:
- Complete the SSTEP application in its entirety ensuring all requirements are fulfilled, all required signatures are present, and necessary attachments are gathered. Download the application and save it to your computer before completing it.
- Submit a Graduate application to Cal Poly as "Credential Only" for Summer Term online via Cal State Apply by the February 1st deadline for a Summer start. Visit the Cal State Apply Help Center for more information. Please note there is a $70 application fee for Cal State Apply.
- Upload the following requirements with the Cal State Apply application:
- SSTEP application and necessary attachments as “Supplemental Materials.”
- Issuance of Certificate of Clearance
- Evidence of Subject Matter Competency (in addition to Page 4 of the SSTEP app)
- Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
- Name and email of 2 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation
4. Send official transcripts by February 1st to the Cal Poly Admissions office directly from the degree-granting institution.
- Instructions on how to submit your official transcripts
- Cal Poly bachelor's degree holders do not need to provide transcripts
5. Complete Professional Aptitude Interview (PAI) (Late February)
- You will be contacted by your content advisor with your interview date and time.
- Download the Professional Aptitude Interview Packet and submit the required documents to your content advisor at least 1 week prior to your interview.
Find deadlines and information regarding prerequisites and requirements in the SSTEP Overview of Prerequisite Document.