Important Dates

  Summer 2022
Cal State Apply Deadline February 1, 2022
SSTEP Application Deadline February 1, 2022 (Upload to Cal State Apply)
Professional Aptitude Interview TBD - February 2022
Basic Skills Completion May 1, 2022
CSET/Subject Matter Competency Completion May 1, 2022
Start of program TBD - July 2022
End of program June 2023

SSTEP Required Exams & Prep Resources

On July 9th, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the TK-12 Education Trailer Bill (AB 130), which creates additional pathways for teacher candidates to satisfy the basic skills requirement (BSR) and subject matter competence (SMC). The School of Education has been receiving many email inquiries about AB 130 and we want to assure you that we will be accepting the additional options to meet BSR and SMC. Our office has limited guidance from CTC at this time, so we may not be able to answer all your questions just yet. We are working on developing an evaluation process for the new pathways and will continue to post updates as we have additional information. If you are currently studying for the CSET and want to verify if your undergraduate degree fulfills the subject matter requirement, email

Assessments required for admission:


1. Basic Skill Requirement - Single Subject Candidates can satisfy the basic skills requirement in one of the following ways and must be completed prior to admission:

2. Subject Matter Competency - In general, there are two options for showing Subject Matter Competency:


  • Coursework Option: Applicants may choose to complete a Commission-approved subject-matter program where they received their bachelor's degree from a California university. Cal Poly offers approved subject matter programs in English, Social Science, Mathematics, and Agriculture.
  • Examination Option: Subject matter competence may be demonstrated by successfully completing the California Subject Examinations for Teacher (CSET). The CSET Web site is The exams are computer-based and offered all year long. The exam for Agriculture and World Languages are computer-based, however, there are only certain testing windows. Please view their website for details and test dates. The CSET typically consists of 3-4 subtests depending on the subject area (see details below). All of the subtests should be passed prior to submitting your Cal State Apply application. For exceptions, contact your content advisor. 

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 daily whole-class instruction (March 1, 2022).




Waiver Program at Cal Poly CSETS (Subtest Test Code)
AGRICULTURE Agriculture I (172), II (173), III (174)

I (118), II (119), III (120) prior to 8/6/17

I (215), II (217) after 8/7/17

CHEMISTRY No waiver program

I (118), II (119), III (121) prior to 8/6/17

I (215) II (218) after 8/7/17

ENGLISH English I (105), II (106), III (107) IV (108)

I (118), II (119), III (122) prior to 8/6/17

I (215) II (219) after 8/7/17

MATHEMATICS Mathematics I (211), II (212), III (213)
PHYSICS No waiver program

I (118), II (119), III (123) prior to 8/6/17

I (215) II (220) after 8/7/17

SOCIAL SCIENCE Social Science I (114), II (115), III (116)
WORLD LANGUAGES: FRENCH No waiver program I (148), II (149), III (150)
WORLD LANGUAGES: SPANISH No waiver program I (145), II (146), III (147)

Suggested CSET/CBEST Preparation Resources: 


Assessments required for credential recommendation:


  • edTPA - edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment to emphasize, measure, and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment. Candidates will prepare a portfolio of materials during their Clinical Practice and coursework. 


If you have questions please contact the Credential Office at


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