Important Dates

Winter 2023 deadline
MSTEP Application November 1st, 2022
Cal State Apply November 1st, 2022
Professional Aptitude Interview TBD - November 2022
Basic Skills Requirement November 1st, 2022
Subject Matter Competence/CSET  November 1st, 2022
Program Start Winter Quarter - January 9, 2023
Program End Fall Quarter - December 15, 2023
fall 2023 deadline
MSTEP Application April 1st, 2023
Cal State Apply April 1st, 2023
Professional Aptitude Interview TBD - April 2023
Basic Skills Requirement April 1st, 2023
Subject Matter Competence/CSET June 1st, 2023
Program Start Fall Quarter - September 21, 2023
Program End Spring Quarter - June 14, 2024


How to Apply to the MSTEP Program



  1. Complete the MSTEP 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.
  2. Submit a Graduate application to Cal Poly as "Credential Only" for Fall or Winter Term online via Cal State Apply by the deadline for Fall or Winter start. * Visit the Cal State Apply Help Center for more information. Please note there is a $70 application fee for Cal State Apply. 
  3. Upload the following requirements with the Cal State Apply application:
  • MSTEP Application and necessary attachments as “Supplemental Materials.”​​​​​​
  • Issuance of Certificate of Clearance
  • Evidence of Subject Matter Competency 
  • Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) 
  • Unofficial transcripts for all other colleges/universities as “Supplemental Materials.” (if applicable)
  • Name and email of 2 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation
    • Academic - attest to your ability to be successful in a professional education program.
    • Experience with Children - addresses your relevant experience in an educational setting, such as tutoring or working with school-age youth. 
    • Letters should be typed on professional letterhead with original signatures. The above letters will not be considered if they are from a close relative.
4. Send official transcripts to the Cal Poly Admissions Office directly from the degree-granting institution by the Cal State Apply deadline.
  • Instructions on how to submit your official transcripts
  • Cal Poly bachelor's degree holders do not need to provide these transcripts
  • Transcripts verifying Community College and/or Graduate-level coursework should also be sent to Cal Poly Admissions

5. Complete a Professional Aptitude Interview (PAI) - You will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time.

Credential Application Office hours
These office hours will be held on Zoom and are open to anyone who would like support with credential applications. Pop in and ask your questions without having to schedule an appointment. 

Wednesdays (Jan 4 - March 29) - 2:00 - 3:00 PM - Zoom Link to Join

Cal State Apply Q&A Sessions

These sessions are designed for those with in-progress Cal State

Apply applications for the upcoming application cycle. This

session will not cover general program info but is only offered

for current applicants ready to hit submit on their application. 


Multiple Subject Fall 2023 - Application deadline is April 1, 2023

* Prospective students may submit a Cal State Apply application for post-baccalaureate admission to the university to complete prerequisite courses Fall, Winter, OR Spring quarter. Prerequisite students will apply to the MSTEP program following the process described above and will be conditionally admitted to the MSTEP program pending prerequisite course completion and having all requirements met prior to beginning MSTEP coursework. 


Related Content

School of Education
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407