How to Apply | Multiple Subject Credential Program and MA

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 mutiple 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.


June 10, 2020 Application Updates

Due to COVID-19 and the resulting school and testing center closures, some of the admissions requirements for Fall 2020 have been modified.  View the MSCP Admissions Requirements COVID-19 Updates (PDF) for details.  For each requirement you are unable to complete as a result of the impact of COVID-19, please submit the COVID Exceptions Form (PDF) in your CalState Apply application in lieu of the requested documentation.  We can admit you conditionally to the program and guide you in completing these requirements in a timely manner.

For questions about current requirements, please contact our Multiple Subject Credential / MA Admissions Coordinator Linda Sizelove-Secola at or call the Teacher Education Department at 408-924-3771. We are happy to work with you on admissions.

Note for Spring 2021 applicants:
At this time we cannot anticipate how Covid19 will affect applicants' ability to complete CSET and CBEST testing requirements and whether the deferral of these requirements from the point of admission to the point of applying for your preliminary credential will extend to Spring 2021 applicants state-wide. We urge you to complete these program requirements as soon as possible and prior to admission if possible.

We will update you on all Spring 2021 requirements through our "How to Apply" webpage as soon as we have further information from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


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.


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) (updated June 10)
  3. Completed Certificate of Clearance (updated June 10)
  4. A 1-page resume
  5. A 1-2 page personal statement
  6. Verification of your completed 45 hours of pre-professional experience (updated June 10)
  7. Verification of CSET subject matter competency or Teacher Ed Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program Form (updated June 10)
  8. 2 letters of recommendation (updated March 12)



  • 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 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 Orientation 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 Cal State 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.
    • 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 the Cal State Apply customer service by phone at (857) 304-2087 or by email at
    • 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
    • Request an official, sealed transcript from each college you’ve attended (with the exception of SJSU transcripts) to be submitted to SJSU Graduate Admissions rather than submitting them through your Cal State Apply application.
    • If you have courses that are in-progress or planned, then enter courses in the “Academic History” section on your CalState Apply application; otherwise, select “I am Not Adding Any College Transcripts” in the “Transcript Entry” section after adding your colleges or universities attended in the “Colleges Attended” section.

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: Keep your 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. Verification of meeting the Basic Skills requirement

    June 10, 2020 Update: If you are unable to complete the CBEST due to test site closures, please submit the COVID Exceptions Form.  Passing scores may be accepted up until the first day of classes.

  2. Certificate of Clearance

    June 10, 2020 Update: Conditional admission will be permitted if LiveScan is unavailable due to COVID-19.  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 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 $50 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 Live Scan is unavailable due to COVID-19.

    • 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. An "Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit" is not acceptable.

  3. Your 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.

  4. Your 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, 10-12 font type). If you are applying for the Bilingual Authorization Program, you must provide a second personal statement written in Spanish.

  5. Verification of your Pre-Professional Work Experience

    June 10, 2020 Update: This requirement has been temporarily waived by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.  Please submit any hours that you have completed or upload the COVID Exceptions 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 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.

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

    June 10, 2020 Update: Conditional admission without passed CSETs is permitted at this time, but passing scores must be submitted by the first day of classes in order to remain in the program.  If you are unable to complete the CBEST due to test site closures, please submit the COVID Exceptions Form.  Complete 1 of the 2 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.  This form can be provided and completed by one of the undergraduate subject matter academic advisors listed below.  It must then be counter signed by the SJSU Lurie College of Education Credential Services office in Sweeney Hall 106 and submitted to the SJSU Teacher Education Department, which is located in Sweeney Hall, room 305.
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation

    Tips: Use an early deadline for the 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 - Linda Sizelove.

    • 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 who have known you in an educational or professional relationship.  Letters must speak to your ability to work with people, your work ethic, your intellectual capabilities, or other characteristics pertinent to teaching.
    • You can submit your application after requesting recommendations.  Once you submit your Cal State Apply application, however, you cannot go back and request more recommendations.  Once we've been able to review your entire application, including all of your recommendation letters, we can determine whether to schedule an admissions interview.


Next Step | 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.

You will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview with our Admissions Coordinator after the SJSU Graduate Admissions reviews your initial qualifications, which may take a few weeks.  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 Bilingual Authorization Program, your interview will be conducted in Spanish.