How to Apply
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How to Apply to the Single Subject Credential Program
Please read carefully, as requirements may have changed since the previous semester.
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. Read through the "Meet with your Subject Area Adviser" section toward the bottom of this page.
To apply you must:
Apply to the University for the Single Subject Credential Program
(scroll down to "SECOND..." for instructions)
Submit additional requirements to the Teacher Education Department
(scroll down to "THIRD..." for instructions)
Your application will not be reviewed until you have applied to the University AND submitted the additional requirements to the Teacher Education Department.
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. You must keep your own copies.
Application to Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations
Go to Cal State Apply and apply to Graduate Admissions for the Single Subject Credential Program
- For any questions about the "Personal Information," Academic History", and "Supporting Information" sections and the "Home" tab of the "Program Materials" section of the Cal State Apply application portal, please contact their Customer Service at (857) 304-2087 or email them at CalStateApply@liaisoncas.com.
- For any questions regarding the "Program Materials" section (with the exception of the "Home" tab) of the CalState Apply application portal, please read the Program Materials section below and/or contact the Teacher Education Department.
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.
You must submit a set of official/sealed transcripts to Graduate Admissions from each college you've attended (with the exception of SJSU transcripts).
- NOTE: You do not need to enter courses in the Academic History section on CalState Apply unless you have courses that are in-progress or planned. Otherwise Select “I am Not Adding Any College Transcripts” if you don’t have in-progress or planned coursework.
- All academic information you report on your application will be verified with your
official transcripts or international WES evaluation. It is preferred that these documents
should be sent AFTER you successfully submit the Cal State Apply application. Any discrepancy affecting your eligibility could result in the withdrawal of your
application or admission.
Check the Graduate Admissions website regarding their required documents.
A grade point average [GPA] of 2.75 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 and Program Evaluations "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 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), and upload the required application requirements through the CalState Apply portal.
The following materials must be uploaded to the CalState Apply application online...
- If you're subject matter competent via CSETs, passed CSET scores must be uploaded
to the CalState Apply application portal (even if you have already submitted them
to your Subject Area Advisor). Read through the section above titled "Meet with your Subject Area Advisor" for more detailed information.
- Keep the originals for yourself in a memorable location, as you will need them after completing the program.
- NOTE: We do not automatically receive your official CSET scores when you check off the box to have them sent to SJSU. You must upload a copy of your official passed CSET scores to the CalState Apply application portal.
IMPORTANT: Meeting with a Subject Area Advisor is a requirement even if you're subject matter competent via CSETs. (read through the "Meet with your Subject Area Advisor" section below for information on what to expect in that meeting).
Complete a minimum of 45 observation hours of "Pre-Professional Experience" and upload a completed/signed Pre Professional Experience form [pdf] to in the CalState Apply portal 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.
Verification of meeting the Basic Skills requirement must be uploaded to the CalState Apply application portal (see bullet points below on how to meet this requirement).
Keep the originals for yourself in a memorable location, as you will need them after completing the program.
- 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.
- NOTE: We do not automatically receive your official CBEST scores when you check off the box to have them sent to SJSU. You must upload a copy of your official passed CBEST scores to the CalState Apply application portal.
- Please see this leaflet for information on how this requirement can be met other than
the CBEST: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf
- If you plan to satisfy the Basic Skills requirement by an option other than the CBEST, please contact the Credentials Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your documentation verified. Once the documentation is verified, please upload the verified document(s) through the CalState Apply application portal.
Certificate of Clearance
The Certificate of Clearance must be uploaded to the CalState Apply application portal (see bullet points below on how to meet this requirement).
There are 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, or for additional Live Scan Service locations go to https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations.
- Print three copies of the Request for Live Scan Service form [form 41-LS] and take it with you to your Live Scan appointment.
- Step 2 – Certificate of Clearance Application via CCTC
- After live scan is done, complete the online application for the Certificate of Clearance (CoC) via the CCTC website: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/apply.
- 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 the 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: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/online-services.
- Step 3 - Upload a pdf of the granted Certificate of Clearance
- Upload a pdf copy of the granted Certificate of Clearance to the CalState Apply application portal.
- NOTE: Do NOT upload a copy of your Live Scan form, only upload a copy of the CoC.
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 CCTC and, if required, district-level clearance.
NOTE: "Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit" is not acceptable.
The Resume must be uploaded to the CalState Apply application portal (see bullet points below on how to meet this requirement).
1 page stating your work and educational experience (does not need to be related to teaching experience).
Three Letters of Recommendation
Request your Letters of Recommendation through the CalState Apply application portal (click on the "Recommendations" tab at the top of the CalState Apply application portal).
- Letters must be current (less than 2 years old).
- Letters must be formal and must include the date the letter was written 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.
Instructions for submitting Letters of Recommendation requests through the CalState Apply application portal:
- Use an early deadline for the letters of recommendation to be submitted to ensure you are able to submit your application by the SJSU deadline. The earlier the deadline you use, the better.
- Include the name of the program you are applying for at San Jose State University in your message to the recommender.
- If you need to cancel your request, you can cancel by using the "trash" button.
- Please note, once you submit your Cal State Apply application, you cannot go back and request more recommendations.
- Your application will not be reviewed unless all 3 Letters of Recommendation have been submitted by the deadline.
NOTE: Once you have saved an electronic recommendation, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.
YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR RETURNED WITHOUT THE ITEMS BELOW...
If you haven't done so already, make an appointment with a Subject Area Advisers as soon as possible to:
A)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 exams 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 upload a copy of your official passed CSET scores onto the CalState Apply application portal (refer to CSETs section above).
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 [SH 305]. 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.
B) 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 the Teacher Education Department 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.
C) Be Interviewed
- The interview asseses your dispostion toward the teaching profession and also screens
for English oral language proficiency.
- Please note if your English oral language proficiency is not at the mid-level advanced
as defined by the ACTFL (https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012) you may be called in for further screening.
- Please note if your English oral language proficiency is not at the mid-level advanced as defined by the ACTFL (https://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012) you may be called in for further screening.
ONE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE YEARLONG RESIDENCY PROGRAM & INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS...
- Email a cover letter (one page, single spaced) outlining teaching and related experiences and skills that you believe make you a good candidate for the Yearlong Residency Program or the Internship Credential Program to email@example.com.
Notification of Application Status and Advising Meeting
You will be sent an email regarding your application status after the application deadline date, once your application is complete.
The following must be submitted to the Teacher Education Department by the end of the first full month in our program or you will not be able to Student Teach in your second semester (the Student Teaching placement process takes place six months before student teaching begins) and your program completion will be delayed a semester.
1) Tuberculous Test
- Email a copy of your TB test to firstname.lastname@example.org (or bring to SH 305) by the end of the first full month in our program or you will not be able to Student Teach in your second semester (the Student Teaching placement process takes place six months before student teaching begins) and your program completion will be delayed a semester.
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 2020, the TB test must have been taken in December 2017 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.
2) Technology Requirement
The following 2 items must be completed and submitted in order to meet the Technology Requirement:
- IMPORTANT: To complete the "Google Educator, Level 1" and "Common Sense Media (Digital Literacy)" you must register for it using your offical SJSU.EDU email in order for the Teacher Education Department to receive confirmation of your course completion directly from Google (which is the only way we accept completion verification).
- Note: Complete the one grade level band that is appropriate to a grade level in which you will be ceritifed.
- You will receive course certificates from Google, which you should print or save as a pdf on your computer and keep for your records and for your Preliminary Credential application after completing the program (the Teacher Education Department will receive confirmation of your course completion directly from Google, you do not need to provide any documentation to the department).
Requirements which need to be met before you apply for your credential at the end
of the program.
This requirement may be met by taking a course or passing an exam (read all paragraphs
below for more information).
A. Meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement via a COURSE...
I. 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.
II. 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.
III. 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.
B. Meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement via a TEST...
This is the only online exam available that is approved by the SJSU College of Education.