How to Apply

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How to Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program 

Prior to Applying for Admission we suggest you meet with  your  Subject Area Adviser to discuss your subject matter competency and to which semester you should apply. There are several exams and documents you must gather to apply and this process may take several months.

  Applying to the University

  Applying to the Teacher Education Department

  Requirements to Progress in the Program

  Admission Decisions

  Requirements which need to be met before you apply for your credential at the end of the program.

     1) Technology Requirement

     2) CPR Certification   

     3) U.S. Constitution Requirement


To apply you must: 


1)  Apply to the University - follow instructions for #1 below


2)  Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program - follow instructions for #2 below

It is recommended that you apply to our program shortly after you have applied to the University via Graduate Admissions. Your application will not be reviewed until you have applied to both the University and to the Program.

  • All of the requirements must be submitted by the Deadline in order to be considered for admission to the Single Subject Credential Program. 

  • IMPORTANT: Please keep your own record of your submitted Application Requirements, as you will need them when you apply for your credential with CCTC after completing the program.  We do not make copies for you of the items you submit to our office.  You must make your own copies.



1) Applying to the University

Application to Graduate Admissions  

  • Go to Cal State Apply and apply to Graduate Admissions

    • For any questions about the Cal State Apply application portal, please contact their Customer Service at (857) 304-2087 or email them at
  • Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $55 will be accepted by credit card or paypal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application. 

  • Be sure to apply for the Single Subject Credential Program

  • You must submit a set of official/sealed transcripts to  Graduate Admissions from each college you've attended (with the exception of SJSU transcripts). 

    • It is recommended that you have the transcripts mailed to your home, then bring them in to  Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations located at Student Services Center (SSC), or mail them to:  Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA  95192-0017.  

    • Check the Graduate Admissions website regarding their required documents 

    • NOTE: Do NOT adhere to the deadlines on the Graduate Admissions website.  Please find our program deadlines here: Deadlines
  • A grade point average of 2.75 for all college and university coursework is required for admission in the Single Subject Credential Program.

    • GPA for admission to the university is calculated by the last 60 semester units or by the last 90 quarter units taken or your cumulative GPA, whichever is higher. 

  • If you are an international applicant, please go to Graduate Admissions' "International Steps to Admission" web page for further instructions.

    • If you have any questions regarding these instructions, please contact Graduate Admissions at 408-924-2480 or visit them at Student Services Center (SSC).


    • If you apply for the Summer Yearlong Residency Program, and are not accepted to that program and wish to apply for the Fall program, you will then need to apply again to Graduate Admissions for the Fall semester (and pay the application fee again).
    • When applying to Graduate Admissions, you're applying to the California State University (CSU). You will also need to apply to the Teacher Education Department (see steps below for the department application process).


2) Applying to the Teacher Education Department

Your application will not be reviewed without the items below.


A.) If you have not done so already, meet with your Subject Area Adviser

As soon as possible make an appointment with a Subject Area Adviser to:

1) Be Evaluated for Subject Matter Competency (SMC)

  • You will have your transcripts evaluated to determine if you meet subject matter competency requirements via coursework or if you will need to take the CSET tests (and which CSET tests would be required --see next bullet point regarding CSET tests).  
  • If you do not have Subject Matter Competency via course work, you have the option of either taking the additional required coursework or earning passing scores on the required CSET exam in your subject area.
  • Please Note: We do not automatically receive your official CSET scores when you check off the box to have them sent to SJSU.  You must submit a copy of your official passed CSET scores directly to our office at SH 305

    • Keep the originals for yourself, as you will need them after completing the program  

  • Subject-matter competency is a pre-requisite for the Single Subject Credential Program. A major in a subject area may not meet subject matter preparation requirements.

  • Your Subject Area Adviser will forward your SMC Report to the department of Teacher Education. This document, signed by your Subject Area Adviser, is required for admission to the credential program. This is true even if you know you already meet the subject matter competency requirement with CSET or via coursework.


2) Complete a Writing Task

  • You must pass a writing task which will be administered by the Subject Area Adviser

  • Our recommendation is that you do your writing task when meeting with the Subject Area Adviser regarding your Subject Matter Competency and/or Interview. 

  • You will be given a prompt and will have 45 minutes to write on the prompt.

  • The Subject Area Adviser will forward your writing task to Teacher Education for review, and you will be notified by us via email as to the status. 

  • NOTE: The writing section of the CBEST does not meet this requirement.


3) Be Interviewed


B) Next Steps
Other Requirements for Admission:

Your application will not be reviewed without items the items below.

 Please submit items 2 through 7 together to the Teacher Ed Department in SH 305.


1) Teacher Education Application Form

  • Complete and submit the Application Form [pdf] to our department (SH 305). 

  • This form must be completed with:

    • your name

    • SJSU ID (ID number not required for Summer Yearlong Residency Program Applicants)

    • Contact information

    • Semester you're applying to

    • Subject area

    • Signature  


2) Pre-Professional Experience

  • Complete a minimum of 45 observation hours of "Pre-Professional Experience" submit a signed Pre Professional Experience form [pdf] to verify your experience.

  • Pre-Professional Experience typically consists of observing in a public classroom setting.  

  • You may contact any California public Middle school or High School and let them know that you are applying to the SJSU Single Subject Credential Program and need to complete your 45 observation hours of Pre-Professional Experience.

  • The classes observed should be in a regular academic year classroom setting in a class of the subject area you want your credential in.

  • 20 of the 45 observation hours may be from other experience with youth, such as: a summer school class at a California public Middle School or High School (preferably in the subject area you're wanting a credential in), tutoring, camp counselor position, private school experience, etc. (Opportunity for high school tutoring in content-area).


3) Basic Skills

    • CBEST
      • To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total 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. CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential purposes.
    • Please see this leaflet for information on how this requirement can be met other than the CBEST:
      • If you plan to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement by an option other than the CBEST, please contact the Credentials Office at to have your documentation verified. Once the documentation is verified, please submit it to our office.

4) Transcripts

  • Submit a degree-posted transcript (...even if the transcript is from SJSU).

    • Our department will accept an unofficial transcript, even a print-out from the university website would be sufficient. Note: the transcripts you submit to graduate admissions must be official.

    • If your degree won't be posted in time for the submission deadline, submit a print-out of your current transcript with a hand-written note on the transcript stating that you will submit another print-out of your transcript once your degree has been posted.

Note for: International Transcript Evaluation 

  • The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires all individuals who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States to obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts/degrees.
  • The evaluation must result in an equivalent U.S. bachelors or masters degree. If an individual holds a masters degree from an accredited U.S. University or College, evaluation of undergraduate course work is not required for CTC, however, it may still be required for admission by SJSU's Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation office.
  • You may visit SJSU's GAPE website for more information about the transcript evaluation process. Or you may contact GAPE at for assistance.
  • We recommend using WES (World Education Services) for your evaluation since it is accepted by both CTC and SJSU's Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation (GAPE) office.

5) Certificate of Clearance

    Instructions (3 steps) on how to obtain the Certificate of Clearance (CoC):
    Do not wait until the last minute to request this item, as it can take weeks for CCTC to issue.

  • Step 1 – Live Scan Service
    • Make an appointment for Live Scan Service at SJSU Police Department by calling (408) 924-2172. For additional Live Scan Service Locations:
    • Print three copies of Livescan 41-LS form and take with you to Live Scan appointment. ( Form.pdf)
  • Step 2 – Certificate of Clearance Application via CCTC
    • After live scan is done, complete online application for the Certificate of Clearance (CofC) via the CCTC website:
    • The fee for a CoC is payable by credit card only.
    • Immediately following the successful submission of the online application, an email will be sent containing a confirmation number and a link to the Track Payment web page.
    • Once the CoC application is submitted, the system will search for your LIVESCAN electronic fingerprints, which is sent electronically to CCTC by the Live Scan Service.
    • When requirements for issuance of the CoC are completed an email will be sent informing the individual that the document has been granted and can be viewed in 48 hours on the Look-up and Status page:
  • Step 3 - Email a copy of the Certificate
    • Email a copy of the online Certificate of Clearance to the Teacher Education Department Record Specialist at

District-Level Fingerprint Clearance (prior to student teaching)
Although candidates are required to have a Certificate of Clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, some of our participating districts require district-level clearance as well. Candidates should arrange an appointment with the participating district’s Human Resources Department at least 10 working days before the start of the field placement student-teaching experience to ensure district-level fingerprint clearance is completed. Candidates may not begin their field placement without having both CTC and, if required, district-level clearance.

NOTE: "Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit" is not acceptable.

CCTC Frequently Asked Questions


6) Resume

  • 1 page stating your work and educational experience (does not need to be related to teaching experience).


7) Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters must be current (less than 2 years old).

  • Letters must be formal and must include the date the letter was written, the handwritten signature, and contact information (phone number and email address) of the recommender.

  • Letters must be from people who have known you in an educational or professional relationship (not from personal friends or family).

  • Letters must speak to your ability to work with people, your work ethic, your intellectual capabilities, or other characteristics pertinent to teaching.

  • Letters may be submitted one of the following two ways:

    1. Mailed to SJSU's Teacher Education Department directly from the writer of the letter to the follow address:

      Teacher Education
      San Jose State University
      One Washington Square, SH 305
      San Jose, CA 95192-0074
    2. Emailed to the program ( from the author's professional email address, as a pdf or Word attachment (not in the body of the email).

Note: Letters may be addressed to the Single Subject Credential Program Coordinator, Ms. Paula Oakes.


Requirements to Progress in the Program:

The following are due by the end of the first full month in our program. We cannot begin the placement process until you have submitted it. 


1) Tuberculosis  Test 

Negative Tuberculosis Test Results must be submitted by the end of the first full month of your first semester in order to continue in the program. We recommend you submit your TB test with your application but  you are not required to do so.
  • For the safety and health of all involved in field placement, it is essential that every SJSU student-teacher provide documentation of the TB test taken.  

  • The TB Tests are good for 3 years and cannot expire before completion of the program

    • [Example: If you will complete the program in December 2017, the TB test must have been taken in December 2014 or later].  

  • In cases where the results were positive, we also need a copy of the X-ray report that verifies that TB is not present in your lungs. This documentation will be required in order to be considered for the Single Subject Credential Program.

  • Submit a copy of your official test results to the Teacher Education Department with your application packet.

2) Technology Requirement

Both the Google Educator, Level 1 ** AND the Common Sense Media (Digital Literacy) ** must be completed and submitted by the end of the first full month of your first semester in order to continue in the program.

 Please follow the instructions below:

  1. ** Important: In order to complete the Google Educator, Level 1 you must register for it using your offical SJSU.EDU email.
  2. Complete the one grade level band that is appropriate to a grade level in which you will be ceritifed.
  3. Documentation required upon completion of the Technology Requirement:
    1. You will receive course certificates from Google, which you should print and keep for your records and for your Preliminary Credential application.
    2. Teacher Education will receive confirmation of your course completion directly from Google, you do not need to provide any documentation to Teacher Education.

Admission Decisions

Notification of Application Status and Advising Meeting

  • You will be sent an email regarding your application status after the deadline date.


Requirements which need to be met before you apply for your credential at the end of the program.


1) CPR Certification


2) U.S. Constitution Requirement

This requirement may be met by taking a course or passing an exam (read all paragraphs below for more information).

  • Meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement via a COURSE...
    1. CSU BA/BS degree:
    • If you have received a BA/BS degree from a CSU campus, then you have satisfied the U.S. Constitution requirement.
 2. CCTC Approved Course:
    • If you have taken a CCTC approved course listed on the How to Meet the U.S. Constitution Requirement page of the Credentials Office website, submit your transcript (copy or print-out is sufficient) with the course highlighted and a note indicating the course you took which meets the U.S. Constitution requirement.
 3. Course that is NOT approved by CCTC:
    • If you took a course, which you believe meets the U.S. Constitution requirement, at an institution that is NOT on the "How to Meet the U.S. Constitution Requirement" page of the Credentials Office website, complete and follow the instruction on the "U.S. Constitution Requirement Verification Form."  If the course is approved by the Credentials Office, submit a copy of the U.S. Constitution Requirement Verification Form with the Credentials Office stamp/signature to Teacher Education in SH 305.  Keep the original in your records at home as you will need it when you apply for your credential after completing our program.
  • Meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement via a TEST...

 Notre Dame de Namur University Online Test

NOTE: The SJSU Testing Center no longer offers the test which meets the U.S. Constitution requirement and the "Lee Clark" testing center is no longer a CCTC approved agency