How to Apply | Multiple Subject Credential Program / MA Teaching (MAT) Program

SJSU Elementary Education Teacher Preparation

We’re so excited for you to take this next step in your educational journey and apply to enroll in our teacher preparation program! Our Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program is known for effectively preparing transformative educators at the elementary education level in the San Jose region and beyond, and PayScale ranks SJSU education majors #7 in the nation for salary potential. This page will guide you through how to apply for our Multiple Subject Credential Program, which can also include a Master of Arts Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and/or a Critical Bilingual Authorization to teach in dual immersion or bilingual schools.



Recent Updates

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.

Testing Updates as of 7/9/21

  • State Bill AB130 provides new ways to meet the Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competency Requirements
  • 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 this Requirement via qualified coursework, a combination of coursework and the CSET exam, or via a Liberal Arts Major.  Evaluation is not yet available yet, as we are awaiting direction from the state.
  • Details about how to know if you qualify for any of these new options will be posted on our Credential Office Website
  • Click here for a one page summary of current requirements. Further information about each requirement is detailed on this "How to Apply" webpage. 
For questions about current requirements, please contact our Multiple Subject Credential / MAT Program Coordinator, Marianne Mehuys, at or contact the Teacher Education Department at We are happy to work with you on admissions.

Overview of Eligibility and Application 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. Note: International coursework will require additional evaluation steps. See Graduate Admissions Information for details.


You will also need to submit the following materials as part of your application:

  1. An official, sealed transcript from each college you’ve attended
  2. Verification of meeting the Basic Skills requirement (CBEST) (COVID Flexibility—see below)
  3. Completed Certificate of Clearance Clearance
  4. 1-page resume
  5. 1-2 page personal statement
  6. Additional personal statement in Spanish for Critical Bilingual Authorization Program applicants
  7. Verification of your completed 45 hours of pre-professional experience (COVID Flexibility—see below)
  8. Verification of CSET subject matter competency or Teacher Ed Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program Form (COVID Flexibility—see below)
  9. Two letters of recommendation



  • Our Deadlines webpage will help you identify when you need to submit your application materials to SJSU via CalState Apply and to our Teacher Education Department.
  • 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.
  • You should begin to schedule your CBEST and CSET exams 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.
  • Your application will be reviewed after you’ve completed steps 1-3 below.


Step 1 | Attend an Applicant Information Session

These 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.

  1. Create your application
    • Go to the Cal State Apply website, select the term you are applying for at the top of the page, and create your account.
    • NOTE: Apply for the Multiple Subject Credential Program in CalState Apply -- do not apply for Educ/Curriculum & Instruction.
      • While our credential includes an option to earn Master's in Teaching (MAT) alongside the credential (same program length), ALL applicants choose and apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program Option in Graduate Admissions. In other words, all applicants must begin in the Credential Program. Selecting another program may delay your application.
    • When searching for Graduate programs at San Jose State University, only enter San Jose in the search field (Do not enter SJSU, San Jose State, or San Jose State University ...just enter San Jose. Otherwise our programs will not populate.).
    • If you are intending to apply for the combined Credential/Masters program, please search for and indicate the credential program as this refers to the combined program.
    • If you're unable to find the semester you desire to apply for, and you know the deadline hasn't passed, go to the CalState Apply home page. Then scroll down and click on the "Select a Term to Apply For" drop-down menu. You should see all of the available semesters in that drop-down menu. Choose your desired semester and click Apply. That will take you to your application. If you click on the "Submit Application" tab at the top of your application, it will confirm which semester you're applying for.
    • 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 Graduate Admissions by email (preferred) at or by phone at 408-283-7500.
    • 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 or contact us at

  2. Submit your transcripts
    • Official transcripts are required and must be sent to Graduate Admissions.
      • It is preferred that you submit your transcripts after receiving your SJSU ID, account, and email address. Look for an email from SJSU (confirming that your application has been received) approximately 1 week after your CalState Apply online application is submitted. Once you receive that confirmation email, you will get an SJSU ID number and access to your MySJSU account and email.
      • If your university offers official electronic transcripts, we will also accept this method of delivery. If your university requires an email address to send an official, electronic transcript, the recipient address is:
      • All mailed transcripts must be sealed and unopened to be accepted as official documents.
        • Transcripts sent by mail should be sent to:
          Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
          San Jose State University
          One Washington Square
          San Jose, CA 95192-0017
    • SJSU students do not have to submit SJSU transcripts with your application.
    • International Applicants: Please also visit the SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations’ International Steps to Admission webpage for further instructions.
      If you have any questions regarding these instructions, please contact SJSU Graduate Admissions.


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

In CalState Apply Under "Program Materials" submit the following:

  • Note: Keep your own copies! Application documents are also required at the end of your successful completion of the program in order to apply for your preliminary credential.


  1. Basic Skills Requirement

    COVID Flexibility for Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 Applicants: We strongly recommend completing this requirement by the point of admission, but you do have the option to defer meeting this requirement until you apply for your Preliminary Credential after completing the program. You will not be able to apply for your Preliminary Credential without this requirement. If you have not completely fulfilled this requirement already, please fill out the COVID-19 Exceptions Form (read/follow instructions on form).

The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify, in most cases, that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued.  The basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned to daily responsibility for whole class instruction in student teaching or serving as an intern.

Credential candidates generally take the CBEST exam or the CSET: Writing Skills (Multiple Subject candidates) exam (visit our Test Preparation Resources webpage for several free resources to prepare for passing the CBEST or CSET exam) to meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR), however, there are alternate options for meeting the BSR.  If you are choosing an alternate option, you are required to have it verified by a Credential Analyst in the Credential Services Office before submitting your BSR with your admission application to the program.

New options available for meeting BSR effective 7/13/2021: Coursework or a combination of CBEST and coursework are acceptable.  Details in BSR form link below. 

  1. Steps for BSR Verification
    Complete the BSR form [pdf] and submit with a copy of your official exam score report and/or official transcripts.  A credential analyst will need to verify a true copy of your exam score report.  Unofficial exam score reports and/or unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the BSR review process, however, official exam score reports and/or official transcripts may be required at the time of filing for your initial credential at the end of the program.  Note:  If you hold a credential or permit issued by CTC which previously required verification of your BSR, you may submit a copy of the exam results and/or transcripts (instead of official) along with a copy of your CTC issued credential.
  2. Submit to Credential Services in person to Sweeney Hall 445 or by email to
  3. You will be notified by email within 48 hours regarding the status of your BSR verification request.

Contact the SJSU Lurie College of Education Credential Services Office with questions at 408-924-3541 or


  1. Certificate of Clearance

    There are 3 steps to obtaining your Certificate of Clearance (CoC).  Do not wait until the last minute to request this item, as it can take weeks for the CTC to issue.

    • Step 1 | Live Scan Service
    • Step 2 | Certificate of Clearance Application
      • After you’ve completed your Live Scan, complete and submit the CTC Online Application for the Certificate of Clearance (CoC).  The fee for a CoC application is payable by credit card only.
      • 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 CTC website.
    • Step 3 | Upload a PDF of the granted Certificate of Clearance to your Cal State Apply application or submit the COVID Exceptions Form if you are unable to complete the Live Scan due to COVID-19.

    • Note: An emergency sub permit may be submitted in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance, as long as you ensure the department always has a current, valid copy.

    • District-Level Fingerprint Clearance: In addition to the required Certificate of Clearance, some school districts also require a district-level clearance prior to student teaching. 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.

  2. Resume
    • Prepare a one-page resume that details your college-level academic, employment, and volunteer experiences. For each position you held, highlight the duties you performed and any accomplishments you achieved. Upload your resume as a PDF.

  3. Personal Statement
    • Explain how you arrived at your decision to become a teacher and your commitment to complete the requirements for the credential. Your essay should be 1-2 pages in length (double spaced, 12 font type).
    • If you are applying for the Critical Bilingual Authorization Program, you must provide a second personal statement written in Spanish about why you want to be a bilingual teacher in particular.

  4. Pre-Professional Experience

    COVID Flexibility for Spring 2021 Applicants: This requirement has been temporarily waived by the CSU Office of the Chancellor. However, we ask you to submit any hours that you have completed. If you have zero hours, upload the COVID Exceptions Form (read/follow instructions on form).

    • Complete a minimum of 45 observation hours of "Pre-Professional Experience" and upload a completed/signed Pre Professional Experience form [pdf] to your Cal State Apply application.
    • Pre-Professional Experience in a public elementary school during the regular school day schedule is a requirement for admission.  You may contact any California public elementary school and let them know that you are applying to the SJSU Multiple Subject Credential Program and need to complete your 45 observation hours of Pre-Professional Experience.  If you need assistance with finding a placement to complete these hours, please contact the SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Success Center.
    • SJSU courses that meet this requirement are LSTP 185 and CHAD 159.

  5. Subject Matter Competency (CSETs or Teacher Prep Program)

    COVID Flexibility for Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 Applicants: If you are meeting this requirement via CSETs, we strongly recommend completing this requirement by the point of admission, but you do have the option to defer meeting this requirement until you apply for your Preliminary Credential after completing the program. You will not be able to apply for your Preliminary Credential without this requirement. If you have not completely fulfilled this requirement already, please fill out the COVID-19 Exceptions Form (read/follow instructions on form).

    Complete one of the two options to demonstrate your subject matter competency:

    • Option 1: CSET Multiple Subject Test | A PDF verification of a passing score for at least 1 CSET subtest must be submitted at the time of application, along with registration verification for any outstanding CSET subtests.  The list of CSET subtests is available on the CTC Exams website.  Visit our Test Preparation Resources webpage for several free resources to prepare for passing various CSET exams.
    • Option 2: Teacher Preparation Form | Complete an SJSU Teacher Ed approved Subject Matter Preparation Program form verifying you have completed all requirements for an Elementary Subject Matter [ESM] waiver. This form is provided and completed by one of the undergraduate subject matter academic advisors listed below.  It must then be counter signed by an SJSU Lurie College of Education Credential Services analyst, then emailed to the SJSU Teacher Education Department at
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation

    Tips: Use an early deadline for your letters of recommendation to be submitted.  The earlier the deadline you use, the better. In your message to your recommenders, include the name of the name of the program you are applying for at San Jose State University - Multiple Subject Teaching Program - as well as the name of the Multiple Subject Credential Program Coordinator - Marianne Mehuys.

    • This step is located in the “Recommendations” tab of the “Program Materials” section of your online application.
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation are needed for the department application.  These letters must be from people in a supervisory role who have known you in a professional or educational setting.  Letters must speak to your ability to work with people (particularly children), your work ethic, your intellectual capabilities, or other characteristics pertinent to teaching.
    • You can submit your application after requesting recommendations. Recommendations which are requested from within CalState Apply will be connected to your application once they come in.  Once you submit your Cal State Apply application, however, you cannot go back and request more recommendations.


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.

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.