How to Apply to the SSTEP Program





1. Complete the SSTEP 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 summer term online via Cal State Apply by the February 1st deadline for a summer 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:

  • SSTEP application and necessary attachments as “Supplemental Materials.”
  • Issuance of Certificate of Clearance
  • Evidence of Subject Matter Competency 
  • Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Name and email of 2 individuals to submit a letter of recommendation

4. Send official transcripts by February 1st to the Cal Poly Admissions office directly from the degree-granting institution.

  • Instructions on how to submit your official transcripts
  • Cal Poly bachelor's degree holders do not need to provide transcripts
  • Transcripts verifying Community College and/or Graduate-level coursework should also be sent to Cal Poly Admissions

5. Complete Professional Aptitude Interview (PAI) (Late February)

  • You will be contacted by your content advisor with your interview date and time.
  • Download the Professional Aptitude Interview Packet and submit the required documents to your content advisor at least 1 week prior to your interview. 

Find deadlines and information regarding prerequisites and requirements in the SSTEP Overview of Prerequisite Document.

Please Note: The Single Subject Credential Program only starts once per year in the summer term. All applicants must submit a Summer term application by the February 1st deadline and have their bachelor’s degree conferred prior to the program start in July.

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) - 1:00 - 2:00 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. 


Summer 2023 Single Subject - Application deadline is February 1, 2023


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