Credential / MAT, Multiple Subject / Elementary Education

We understand that COVID-19 is impacting potential applicants’ ability to complete some of our normal admission requirements. We will update you on all requirements through this web page as we have further information. It is important to note that even if a requirement is waived or deferred, it strengthens your application to complete or show progress toward completing that requirement.

View a 1-page summary of our admissions requirements

For additional questions about current requirements, email Fred Tovar, Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator at or email our Teacher Education Department at so we can assist you.

Program Overview

  • Format: Evenings, full time or part time
  • Units: 41 (credential only); 47 (credential and MA in Teaching)
  • Start date: Summer, Fall, or Spring
  • Program length: See program variations below
  • Application windows:
    • Summer: Open November 1; Close February 1 for international / F-1 Visa applications and March 1 for domestic applications
    • Fall: Open October 1; Close April 1 for international / F-1 Visa applications and June 1 for domestic applications (Apply by March 1 for early consideration)
    • Spring: Open August 1; Close October 1 for international / F-1 Visa and domestic applications


Initial Eligibility and Requirements

Updates as of April 2022

  • Qualifying GPA is now 2.5 in most circumstances.
  • Pre-professional hours are now highly recommended, but not required moving forward.
  • Basic Skill Requirement: There are now additional ways to meet this Requirement via qualified coursework or a combination of coursework and the CBEST exam. Evaluation is available now.
  • Subject Matter Competency Requirement: There are now additional ways to meet some or all of this requirement via a Liberal Studies major or a SJSU ChAD Prep for Teaching major. The option to use qualified coursework is not yet available at this time. 
  • School districts require teacher candidates to be vaccinated for COVID-19, with rare exception.

GPA and Testing Requirements

To ensure the quality of our program and compliance with California standards, qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. If your GPA is below 2.5, you may use an alternate method to calculate your GPA. Qualifying GPA is 2.75 if calculated using the last 60 semester units or the last 90 quarter units taken OR if you are a SAGE applicant. International coursework will require additional evaluation steps. Visit the SJSU Graduate Admissions website for details.

You should begin to schedule any test (California Basic Skills Test/CBEST or California Subject Examination for Teachers/CSET) as soon as you know you’re going to apply to this program. It can take time to prepare, receive your results, and retake if necessary. Admissions to this program occur on a semi-rolling basis, so it’s in your best interest to apply as soon as you’re prepared to.

Program Variations

Curriculum and Roadmaps

Our Multiple Subject Credential Program requires 11 courses / 41 units. Descriptions of all of the courses are available on the SJSU Catalog website. Those who are also earning an MA in Teaching can view the additional research and culminating experience requirements on the SJSU Catalog website.

Student Teaching

While completing our credential program, teaching candidates will complete student teaching, which is a critical and exciting part of the process of becoming a transformative educator. Learn more about our student teaching resources and requirements on our Student Teaching webpage and learn about about the assessment process on our CalTPA webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

All SJSU students must submit proof of COVID vaccinations & booster once admitted. Students may apply for a medical or religious exemption. See SJSU COVID 19 Vaccination Requirements for more information. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER that nearly all school districts require teacher candidates to be vaccinated and do not accept medical or religious exemptions.  If you are not vaccinated, it is likely that you will not be able to move forward to student teaching.  

Information Sessions

We highly recommend that everyone who is interested in applying to our Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program attend an applicant information session to meet our admissions and advising coordinator and learn helpful information about admission requirements, the application process, program options, and testing information. If you have any questions prior to or following the info session, email

  • Thursday, September 8: 4-6pm PST 
  • Tuesday, September 20: 10am-12pm PST 
  • Tuesday, October 11: 4-6pm PST 
  • Thursday, November 8: 7-9pm PST 
  • Tuesday, December 13: 4-6pm PST 

Join an online info session via Zoom

Steps to Apply

Step 1 | Attend an Applicant Information Session

Our upcoming info sessions create opportunities for you to receive an overview of this program from our advisors, get your questions answered, and meet some of your potential future classmates.

Step 2 | Create Your SJSU Application via CalState Apply

As you go through the application process, keep copies of everything you submit for your entrance application. You will need those documents when you apply for your preliminary credential after completing the program.

Step 3 | Upload Your Program Materials to Your CalState Apply Application for the SJSU Teacher Education Department

In the "Program Materials" section of your CalState Apply application, upload all of the following:

Next Step | Application Review and Possible Admissions Interview

Congratulations - you’ve applied for our SJSU Multiple Subject Credential Program! You can log into your MySJSU account to check the status of your Cal State Apply application and see whether all of your documents have been submitted and received by SJSU Graduate Admissions.

The “To-Do’s” in your mySJSU account only pertain to tasks needed for Graduate Admissions. You may be contacted directly by the Teacher Education Department with additional questions about your application.

Both Graduate Admissions and the Teacher Education Department will review your application, and this process can take several weeks. After this review, you may be contacted to schedule an admissions interview with the Teacher Education Department.

  • During the interview, we’ll want to learn more about why you’d like to become a teacher, what your experiences working with children are, what you hope to contribute to the teaching profession, how you approach difficult situations, etc.
  • If you are applying for the Critical Bilingual Authorization Program, your interview will be conducted in Spanish.

Additional Student Resources

For information about advising, financial aid opportunities, registration, and more, visit our Student Resources webpage.