Applications & Checklists

Beginning the Spring 2022 application period, all program applications will be online through Cal State Apply. The first three quadrants of the online application are for applying to Graduate School. The fourth quadrant of the online application is where you will upload your required credential program application materials.

The only applicants who will still use a paper application are Stan State ITCO students and early start Libs students. "Early start" refers to Libs students who will begin the credential program in their final undergraduate semester. ITCO and early start Libs students may email their applications and all forms to credentials@csustan.eduplease do not include SSN on emailed forms!

Please follow the application guide and online application checklist below:

PLEASE NOTE: Single Subject applicants who want to student teach in their FIRST semester must apply for clinical practice through Field Services. Please visit the Field Services website for contact information and deadlines.

Important forms for completing the Multiple, Single, and Education Specialist Teaching Credential Application Process.

1. Statement of Intent

  • Statement of Intent - Information on how to write your statement of intent. Maximum of two pages long. NOT REQUIRED FOR STAN STATE LIBERAL STUDIES MAJORS APPLYING TO MSCP/ESCP.

2. TWO Recommendations 

  • For regular MSCP, ESCP, or SSCP applicants, your references MUST complete an online form through Cal State Apply. Please see the Cal State Apply Walkthrough for more information. 
  • For ITCO/Early Start Libs applicants, your references may write a traditional letter or fill out Form II (included within the ITCO/Early Start application packet). OR, your required Libs reference may fill out the online Libs Recommendation Google Form. Please see the Application Instructions for ITCO and Early Start Libs for more information. 

3.Basic Skills Requirement
From the options below, please include ONE item for Basic Skills in your application:

  • 4 options to satisfy BSR:
    1.  B.A./B.S. Degree from a regionally accredited higher institution of education
    2. approved exams: CBEST, SAT, ACT, etc. (Score report from appropriate exam required)
    3. approved coursework
      • 3 classes total: one in each area for reading, writing, and math
      • classes must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units
      • must be degree applicable
      • must have a letter grade of B- or high (or "CR" if taken as credit/no credit)
    4. combination of exams & coursework
  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) Form - This form may be used by all applicants to verify that that you have met the Basic Skills Requirement. 
    • Approved Courses for BSR - A list of courses from Stan State and local community colleges that can be used to fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement.

4. Subject Matter Competency (SMC)
Five options to satisfy SMC, please include ONE item for SMC in your application:

  1. Approved Subject Matter Preparation Program (SMPP) for SSCP or ESCP ONLY
    • Subject Matter Preparation Verification*  - This form is used to verify completion of one of Stan State's Subject Matter Preparation programs. Please have the advisor in the subject area complete and sign the form before including it in your application. 
    • Non-Stan State students: A letter verifying Subject Matter Competency from another university - Must be signed by a CTC-approved signor. 
  2. CSET Score Report: must submit proof of passage OR registration when submitting application. Visit CSET Registration website.
    • MSCP applicants will take the Multiple Subject CSET:
    • SSCP applicants will take the CSET exams for their content area
    • ESCP applicants may take either Multiple Subject CSET or CSET exams for an approved Single Subject content area: art, business, English, Health Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and Theater
  3. Subject Matter Requirement (SMR):
    • Completion of coursework at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education that addresses each of the domains of the subject matter requirements adopted by the Commission in the content area of the credential being sought
  4. Combination of methods:
    • A combination of the methods described in #1-3 that meets or exceeds the domains of the subject matter requirements adopted by the Commission.
  5. Possess a bachelor's degree that matches the content area of the credential  
    • SMC Using Academic Major Form - This form may be used by students who are applying to the Multiple, Single, or Education Specialist programs whose academic major is the same as the content area for their credential. 
      1. MSCP = Liberal Studies degree
      2. SSCP = Math degree for Math credential, English degree for English Credential, P.E. degree for P.E. credential, etc. Major must be an exact match to subject content.
      3. ESCP = may be Liberal Studies or one of the approved Single Subject majors:  art, business, English, Health Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and Theater

5. Certificate of Clearance - Valid clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is required for ALL applicants.

  • Certificate of Clearance Instructions Form 41-LSa* - This form will give you instructions on how to apply for the Certificate of Clearance. 
  • Request for Livescan Services Form 41-LS.pdf* - This form is used for fingerprints. You will need to first get your fingerprints done to get your Certificate of Clearance, as explained in the instructions.
    • *If you already possess a valid sub permit, teaching credential, or other document from CCTC, you do NOT have to get a new Certificate of Clearance. We will accept existing documentation. 

6. Early Field Experience

  • For SSCP & ESCP: Statement of Intent - Upload your essay to both Statement of Intent and Early Experience Fields on the Cal State Apply application.
  • For MSCP ONLY: Verification of Early Field Experience Hours - Applicant must complete 45 hours of early field experience in a K-6 US classroom setting. This form can be used for verification of early field experience hours. You can also submit a letter from the school on school letterhead indicating the number of hours completed. NOT REQUIRED FOR STAN STATE LIBERAL STUDIES MAJORS.

7. Pre-requisite/Co-requisites

  • Prerequisites/Co-Requisites - This form is used for students applying to the Multiple, Single, and Education Specialist Credential Program.

8. Current TB Test or TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire 

  • You will get this through your doctor's office or campus health center

9. $30 Processing Fee

  • For Stanislaus State students: can pay before or after submitting application. Choose one of 3 options:
    • pay through your student portal. Click "make a payment/view e-bill" and select "credential application" in the pop-up window
    • Send check payable to CSU Stanislaus to Credential Services
    • pay at the Cashier's office (MSR 100) with code PS-1409 by cash, check or money order only
  • For non-CSU Stanislaus students: pay AFTER submitting application once you have a student ID. Choose one of 2 options:
    • Send check (payable to CSU Stanislaus) to Credential Services
    • pay at the Cashier's office (MSR 100) with code PS-1409 by cash, check or money order only

Updated: July 11, 2024