Important Dates

  Fall 2017
CalState Apply Application (Winter 2018) Nov. 1, 2017
Professional Aptitude Interview TBA
MSTEP Application Oct. 9, 2017


How to Apply to the MSTEP Program

Step 1 - Admission to Cal Poly State University through CSU MENTOR

This first step is about Admission to the university. If admitted, this does NOT guarantee admission to the Mutiple Subject Credential Program.

  1. Apply to the university for graduate studies at Cal Poly by the CSU Mentor deadline on CSU Mentor
    • Submit a Graduate application to Cal Poly as "credential only", and
    • pay the $55 application fee online.
  2. Submit one official transcript of all higher education coursework other than Cal Poly to:
    • Cal Poly Admissions Office (Building 01, Room 206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407).
    • Cal Poly bachelors degree holders do not need to provide these transcripts.
  3. Provide the following items to the SOE Credential Office (Building 02 Room 120)
    • Cumulative higher education grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.67 at the time of application OR at least a 2.75 GPA for your last 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.67 should contact a Multiple Subject Advisor for guidance.
    • Verification of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement
      • 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), OR
      • Pass the CSU Placement Examinations (ELM and EPT)
      • (See, Basic Skills Requirement for explanation of options to meet BSR)
    • Complete application for a Certificate of Clearance (Instructions)
    • Letter of recommendation
      • This letter must be academic in nature, and should be chosen to attest to your ability to be successful in a professional education program. Letters should be typed on professional letterhead with original signatures. The above letters will not be considered if they are from a close relative.
        • A second letter is due as part of the application to the program process.
    • Verification of attendance at a MSTEP Program Information Meeting

Step 2 - Application to the Multiple Subject Credential Program through MSTEP I application packet

  1. Complete the MSTEP I application packet
  2. Complete the following:
    • Pre-requisite Coursework
    • Certificate of Clearance
    • Health Clearance Verification (TB and Rubella Clearances)
    • Professional Aptitude Interview (see MSTEP I application)
    • U.S. Constitution Requirement
    • Verification of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) - See Basic Skills Requirement – CL-667 for options to meet BSR
    • Verification of subject matter competency - CSET Multiple Subject - Successful passing of all subtests of the CSET-Multiple Subject Examination.
    • Submit a second letter of recommendation that addresses your relevant experience in an educational setting, such as tutoring or working with school-age youth.


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