Credential / MAT, Single Subject / Secondary 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, updated July 2021 [pdf]

For additional questions about current requirements, email our Single Subject Credential Program Coordinator, Paula Oakes, at or email our Teacher Education Department at so we can assist you.

Program Overview

  • Format: Evenings, full time or part time
  • Units: 35-39 (credential only); 45 (credential and MA in Teaching)
  • Start date: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • 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
    • Spring: Open August 1; Close October 1 for international / F-1 Visa applications and November 1 for domestic applications

Initial Eligibility and Requirements

Testing Updates as of July 9, 2021

  • State Bill AB130 provides new ways to meet the 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. Details about how to know if you qualify for any of these new options will be posted on our Credential Services website

GPA, CBEST, and CSET 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 2.75 grade point average. 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. International coursework may require additional steps of evaluation. Visit the SJSU Graduate Admissions website for more details. During the program, you must maintain a B average or better to remain in good standing, and you will need a B average to be able to apply for your credential at the end of the program.

You should begin to schedule your California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and California Subject Examinations 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 Single Subject Credential Program requires 11 courses / 35-39 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.

Upcoming Information Sessions

We highly recommend that everyone who is interested in applying to our Single 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. Prior to attending an info session, review the Steps to Apply below.

  • Thursday, November 11, 5-6:30pm PST
  • Thursday, December 2, 4:30-6pm PST

RSVP to attend an online info session via Zoom

Steps to Apply

Step 1 | Attend an Applicant Information Session & Meet with Your Subject Area Advisor

  • RSVP and attend an upcoming Applicant Information Session. These sessions provide an overview of the program, address questions and introduce you to advisors and potential future classmates.
  • Contact your Subject Area Advisor to schedule an appointment to complete the following requirements. The process and availability for each advisor will vary.
    • Please plan interview appointments at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline. Some subject areas have particular windows in which they conduct interviews, mini lessons, portfolio reviews or auditions. These meetings are an essential step in the application process and require planning.

Subject Area Advisor Meeting

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 | Admissions Decision

Congratulations - if you completed the above steps, you have successfully applied for our SJSU Single Subject Credential Program! After your application has been reviewed by the SJSU Office of Graduate Admissions, which may take a few weeks, it will be referred to the Department of Teacher Education for review. Graduate Admissions may send an email regarding your application status and any next steps. Teacher Education may also require clarification or next steps. Some candidates are asked in for interviews with Teacher Education depending on their application status or program. Each stage of the review process can take some time depending on the number of qualified applicants and application status.

You can check the status of your Cal State Apply application by logging into your MySJSU account.

If you are accepted to the program, you will be notified by email/letter from the Single Subject Program Coordinator and/or Chair, Department of Teacher Education. You will be asked to acknowledge your acceptance (or decline) by joining an orientation and through review of Teacher Education policies and practices and Mission/Vision.

Once the above is completed, Graduate Admissions is notified and matriculation to the university can begin. All enrollment information to courses are sent via email from Teacher Education and Candidates can enroll once they have their account and course information. Each step can take some time. Since Teacher Education is expecting candidates, enrollment can occur closer to the Semester start if necessary.

Additional Student Resources

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