A. Admission Requirements:

These are absolute requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply to the program. Your application will not be accepted if the requirements listed below are not met.

  1. Bachelors Degree - You must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from an accredited college or university. If you have a foreign degree, additionaltranscript evaluationis required.
  2. Minimum GPA - The minimum GPA required for admissions to the program is 2.87 of your cumulative college work. If your GPA does not meet this minimum, you may request consideration for an exemption from this requirement by submitting a written justification to the Department Chair in the Elementary Education Department. However, please note that San Jose State University, under no circumstance, admits students who have a GPA of less than 2.5. If you hold a degree from a foreign country where there is no GPA grading scheme, your grades will be converted into GPA format.
  3. 50 Hours of Pre-professional Experience - Pre-professional experience is a requirement for admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program. Please usePre-professional Experience Verification Form to document experience.
  4. Basic Skills Requirement - California law requires that all teachers verify basic skills proficiency. This is a requirement for admission into the Multiple Subject Credential Program. Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by ONEof the following methods:
    • Pass theCalifornia Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST): Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a section score as low as 37 is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. Any or all sections of the CBEST can be repeated as many times as necessary to obtain a passing score, but the full registration fee is charged for each test administration. Additional testing information about CBEST is available at the CBEST website.
    • A list of all options for meeting the basic skills requirement is available on the CCTC website.

B. Requirements Before 2nd Semester Registration or Student Teaching (whichever comes first):

  1. Subject Matter Competence- California law requires that all teachers verify subject matter competence in subjects taught in K-8 classrooms. Individuals may verify subject-matter competence by passing all portions of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Passing scores are valid for 5 years and must be used for certification purposes within five years of the passing test date and applies to each score independently. The five-year limit does not apply to exam scores that have previously been used for certification purposes.

    NOTE: Candidates admitted to the program must pass ALL 3 subtests of the Multiple Subject CSET by the second semester registration period or before student teaching, whichever comes first. Aregistration hold will be placed on accounts of those students who do not pass the CSET by the specified period. The registration hold is removed only after the department receives results of ALL 3subtests of the CSET Multiple Subject exam.(Students accepted into the TE, YLR or MLE one-year options have an earlier deadline)

    Information about CSET

    The CSET Multiple Subjects exam consists of three subtests. Each subtest covers specific domains, and each includes multiple-choice and constructed-response items. The three subtests measure knowledge in the following areas:

    Subtest and Domains Covered Items Per Test Form Passing Score Test Length
    Subtest I(101)
    ï Reading, Language andLiterature
    ï Historyand SocialScience
    52 multiple-choice
    (26 in each area)
    4 constructed-response
    (2 in each area)
    220 CSET examinees will be provided five uninterrupted hours of testing time in which to complete, in the order of their choice, any or all subtests for which they have registered. All three subtests may be taken all at the same time are separately.
    Subtest II(102)
    ï Science
    ï Mathematics
    52 multiple-choice
    (26 in each area)
    4 constructed-response
    (2 in each area)
    Subtest III(103)
    ï PhysicalEducation
    ï HumanDevelopment
    ï Visual andPerformingArts
    39 multiple-choice
    (13 in each area)
    3 constructed-response
    (1 in each area)

    Additional testing information about the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is available at:

    FAQ about CSET

    • How can I prepare for this test? CSET study guides can be purchased at any bookstore. Start a study group and study with other students who plan to enter the program.
    • Do I have to take all three subtests on the same test date? No, the CSET Multiple Subject subtests I, II, and III may be taken individually on separate dates but all three subtest must be passed to verify competence. Examinees are given 5 hours regardless of the number of subtests registered each testing date.
    • Do I need to submit CSET passing scores with my application packet even if I request for them to be sent directly to SJSU? YES, a copy of your individual passing scores for all three subtests must be submitted to the department. The department does not receive the electronic scores even though you may have requested for them t be sent to SJSU.
  2. Certificate of Clearance (or CA Substitute Permit)- California law requires individuals in a teacher credential program to obtain a Certificate of Clearance prior to beginning student teaching. A Certificate of Clearance is a document that verifies that the individual has completed the Commission's (CCTC) fingerprint and character and identification process. As fingerprinting is a requirement for Emergency Permits, individuals holding these permits do not need to complete the Certificate of Clearance. A copy of the Emergency permit may be submitted to the Elementary Education Department in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance. The Certificate of Clearance is a two part process. See instructions on How do I Apply for a Certificate of Clearance?NOTE: For Fall 2011 admissions, applicants may submit proof of application for the Certificate of Clearance, however, acceptance to the program is contingent on the issuance of the Certificate of Clearance. Candidates may check the status of the Certificate of Clearance application online via theCCTCLook-up and StatusPage.

C. Requirements Before Completing Program:

The requirements listed below may be completed before, anytime during or after completion of the credential coursework (except where noted). However, all requirements must be completed before applying for your Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. THESE REQUIREMENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE SUMBITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE ELEMENTARY DEPARTMENT. THEY WILL BE VERIFIED BY THE CREDENTIALING OFFICE AT THE TIME OF APPLYING FOR YOUR PRELIMINARY MULITPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL.

  1. U.S. Constitution - California law requires individuals to verify completion of a course (two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution or pass an examination given by a regionally-accredited college or university. The U.S. Constitution requirement may be satisfied by ONEof the following methods:
  2. Instructional Technology- It is required by the State of California that all applicants for a Preliminary Credential demonstrate knowledge that includes general and specialized skills in the use of computers in educational settings. This can be satisfied by one of two methods:
    • Course Option: Take a CCTC approved course below. Official transcripts are required to verify completion of course.
      Institution Course
      SJSU EDUC 122 or EDTE 214
      Foothill College CIS 50A
    • Test Option:
      Testing Center Contact
      SJSU Elementary Education
      Technology Test
      Preliminary Educational Technology
      Subtests I (133) & Subtests II (134)
      (800) 205-3334
      (916) 928-4003
  3. CPR - It is required by the State of California that all applicants for a Preliminary Credential must be certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR. Certification must be valid at the time of applying for the Credential. List ofInstitutions offering approved CPR crouses.
  4. RICA - Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment. Additional testing information about the RICA Test is available at NOTE: RICA is to be taken following completionof EDEL 108A (Reading and Language Arts Curriculum). EDEL 108A helps prepare candidates for the RICA test.
  5. Bilingual Teacher Preparation Program - Applicants for Bilingual Teacher Preparation Program must satisfy the second language requirement by passing the CSET/LOTE subtest III. This requirement must be met before student teaching. We currently offer Spanish but not Mandarin due to low enrollment.