MSTEP Program Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
For application assistance and clarification, attend a Multiple Subject Information Meeting.
The MSTEP Overview of Prerequisites and Requirements document is a helpful tool in understanding due dates for program and credential requirements.
- Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed from a regionally accredited institution
- 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.
- Prerequisite Coursework (see below)
- Verification of Subject Matter Competency - Individuals may satisfy the subject matter competency requirement by completing one of the following methods:
- Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program
- CSET Multiple Subject - Successful passing of all subtests of the CSET-Multiple Subject
- Holding a Bachelors's or higher in an approved major - contact firstname.lastname@example.org to verify if your degree is approved to meet the subject matter requirement.
- Coursework - This option is not yet available per the CTC. Our site will be updated with processes as soon as we are able to process coursework evaluations.
- (See, AB-130 Coded Correspondence for additional information)
- Basic Skills Requirement - Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by mixing and matching the following methods ensuring they meet the proficiency requirement in all three areas: reading, writing, and math. Candidates should submit a "Verification of Basic Skills Requirement" form for review to email@example.com.
- 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 (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
- Coursework: Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited college or university for credit, passed with a grade of B- or better, be degree applicable, and be at least 3-semester units (or equivalent quarter units).
- For reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
- For writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
- For mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
- (See, Basic Skills Requirement for an explanation of options to meet BSR, also see AB-130 Coded Correspondence for additional information)
- 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
- Experience with children
- Professional Aptitude Interview (see MSTEP application)
Successful completion of the following courses is required for admission into the MSTEP program *:
- EDUC 207 Children's Learning and Development in Educational Settings (4 units)
- Study of theories and research about the development and learning of children and young adolescents within diverse backgrounds, and application to teaching in public school settings. Observations/interactions with children in school settings. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Participation in public schools requires mandated fingerprint clearance. Crosslisted as CD/EDUC 207.
- EDUC 300 Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Public Education (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)
- Historical, philosophical, and social foundations of public education in relation to school curriculum, instruction and dispositions of effective teachers. Structured observation and participation in K-12 public schools with attention to instructional practices for diverse learners. 2 lectures, 1 activity. Participation in public schools requires mandated fingerprint clearance.
- EDUC 427 Theories, Methods, and Assessments of 1st and 2nd Language Acquisition in Schools (4 units)
- Theories, methods, materials and assessment involved in the instruction of emergent bilingual students. Bilingual, transitional, and English only programs compared across a historical framework. Emphasis on an integrated language arts approach; theories of language acquisition. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Participation in public schools requires mandated fingerprint clearance.
- EDUC 428 Foundations of K-8 Literacy Teaching and Learning in Schools with Diverse Populations (4 units)
- Introduction of foundational topics in literacy teaching and learning in K-8 schools with diverse populations. Examination of concepts and theories underlying literacy learning and instruction, and relating research-based patterns of reading and writing development to features of the learner and learning environments. Participation in public schools requires mandated fingerprint clearance. 3 seminars, 1 activity.
Transfer coursework can be reviewed for approval as substitutions for the above prerequisite courses by completing the steps below. *
Prior to submitting your MSTEP application, complete the Request for Course Substitution form, and have each course approved by the Credential Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and providing the information below for review. If the course is approved by the Credential Office, upload the completed and signed form with your application packet.
Complete the form and provide the following supporting documents:
(1) An unofficial transcript** highlighting the course to be substituted; AND
(2) A copy of the course catalog description from the college you attended; AND
(3) A copy of your course syllabus
* Course substitutions are not guaranteed and requests can be denied if the transfer coursework does not meet the necessary requirements.
** For credential program courses, we will only consider substitutions if you received a grade of “C” or better.
* Prospective students may submit a Cal State Apply application for post-baccalaureate admission to the university to complete prerequisite courses. Prerequisite students will apply to the MSTEP program along with their Cal State Apply and will be conditionally admitted pending prerequisite course completion.