Important Dates

  WINTER 2021
MSTEP Application October 12, 2020
Professional Aptitude Interview October 16, 2020
Cal State Apply Application November 1, 2020


MSTEP Program Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

There are two applications to be admitted to the credential program: Cal State Apply and the Multiple Subject Teacher Education Preparation (MSTEP) application. 


  1. Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed from a regionally accredited institution
  2. GPA - Cumulative higher education grade point average (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 the Credential Office as soon as possible.
  3. Prerequisite Coursework (see below)
  4. Verification of Subject Matter Competency - Completing a Elementary Subject Matter waiver program or CSET Multiple Subject - Successful passing of all subtests of the CSET-Multiple Subject
  5. Basic Skills Requirement - Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by ONE of the following methods: 
    • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
    • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)–Multiple Subject plus CSET–Writing
    • 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 (550 or higher in Mathematics and 500 or higher in Reading) 
    • AP Scores
    • (See, Basic Skills Requirement for explanation of options to meet BSR)
  6. Certificate of Clearance - Complete application for a Certificate of Clearance
  7. Information Meeting - Verification of attendance at a Multiple Subject Information Meeting
  8. Two letters of recommendation
    • Academic
    • Experience with children
  9. Professional Aptitude Interview (see MSTEP I application)


Successful completion of the following courses is required for admission in to the MSTEP program*:

  • EDUC 207  Diverse Student Learning and Development in Educational Settings (4 units)
  • EDUC 300  Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Public Education (includes observation in grades K-6 in a public school) (3 units); or for Cal Poly LS Majors only, LS 230 Field Experience in the Elementary Classroom I  (2 units) and LS 250  Field Experience in the Elementary Classroom II  (2 units)
  • EDUC 427  Theories, Methods, and Assessments of 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition in Schools (4 units)
  • EDUC 428  Foundations of K-8 Literacy Teaching and Learning in Schools with Diverse Populations (4 units)

*Prospective students may submit a Cal State Apply application for postbaccalaureate admission to the university to complete prerequisite courses. Completing the Cal State Apply application does not guarantee admission to the MSTEP program; postbaccalaureate students enrolled in perequisite courses will be required to submit the MSTEP application during their prerequisite quarter to be considered for admission. 




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