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

Competency Requirements & Prep Resources



Verification of the 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

  • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP - Mathematics and English)
  • Pass the CSU Placement Examinations (ELM and EPT),
  • ACT Scores 
  • SAT Scores 
  • AP Scores
  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • 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.
Examination English Score Requirement

Math Score Requirement

CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) "College Ready" or "Exempt" "College Ready" or "Exempt"
CSU Placement Exams (EPT and ELM) 151+


College Board SAT (taken after March 2016) 560+ Math 570+
College Board SAT (taken before March 2016) Reading 500+ Math 550+
ACT 22+ 23+
College Board Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)

A score of 3+ on one of the following:

-AP English Language & Composition

-AP English Literature & Composition

A score of 3+ on one of the following:

-AP Calculus AB

-AP Calculus BC

-AP Statistics

If you plan to mix & match exams and coursework, you must complete a "Verification of Basic Skills" form and submit it to the Credential Office at for evaluation. Once approved a 41-BSR form will be returned to you providing verification of Basic Skills completion. 


See, Basic Skills Requirement for an explanation of options to meet BSR, also see AB-130 Coded Correspondence for additional information.  


Find additional clarification and answers to commonly asked questions on our Basic Skills Requirement Completion Options FAQ document. 



Verification of Subject Matter Competency

Individuals may satisfy the subject matter competency requirement by completing one of the following methods:

  • Commission-Approved Subject Matter Waiver Program - Applicants may choose to complete a subject matter program from a California university. Cal Poly offers approved subject matter programs in English, Social Science, Mathematics, and Agriculture.
  • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) - Successful passing of all the subtests specific to your credential objective. 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. 
  • Holding a Bachelors or higher in an approved major - AB 130 expands the available options to allow candidates to meet the Subject Matter Requirement through successful completion of an academic major in the subject they will teach.
  • 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)

Single Subject Content Area

Approved Subject Matter Degrees Waiver Program at Cal Poly CSETS (Subtest Test Code)


-Ag. Science

Agriculture Agriculture Subtests I (172), II (173) & III (174)
BIOLOGY/LIFE SCIENCES -Biology No waiver program

Science: Life Science Subtests I (215) & II (217)

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


CHEMISTRY -Chemistry No waiver program

Science: Chemistry Subtests I (215) & II (218)

(prior to 8/6/17 I (118),

II (119) & III (121)


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


-Earth Science

-Environmental Systems: Earth Sciences

No waiver program

Science: Earth & Space Sciences Subtests I (215) & II (219)

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


MATHEMATICS -Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Subtests I (211), II (212) & III (213)
PHYSICS -Physics No waiver program

Science: Physics Subtests I (215) & II (220)

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

SOCIAL SCIENCE -Social Science Social Science Social Science Subtests I (114), II (115) & III (116)
WORLD LANGUAGES: FRENCH -French No waiver program

French Subtests I (148), II (149) & III (150)

WORLD LANGUAGES: SPANISH -Spanish No waiver program

Spanish Subtests I (145), II (146) & III (147)


    • 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. 


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