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Apply to the Credential Program

For general questions about the application and admissions process, contact Ivy Fitzpatrick and Jessica McVay in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development's advising center. Location: Ed 100. Phone: 559.278.0300.

For credential advising or to schedule an application interview, first read the information below, and then email Dr. Alison Mandaville, the Credential Program coordinator, for an appointment.

Program Eligibility

First, to prepare for applying, you must complete all parts of program eligibility:

1. Complete bachelor's degree

Earn a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.67. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

2. Demonstrate Subject Matter Competency

Demonstrate English Subject Matter Competency (SMC), either through a California state-approved program such as Fresno State's undergraduate major in English Education OR by passing the state's English CSET exam.

3. Complete two prerequisite courses

Complete the course EHD 50: Introduction to Teaching OR obtain a pre-program field experience waiver.

Complete the course CI 149: Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology.

4. Demonstrate basic skills

Demonstrate basic skills by passing the CBEST exam OR another approved college level exam method.

5. Complete an application

Complete all parts of the application process (see below).

Read the Credential Program Application Process Guide for help.

Steps to Apply

After all parts of program eligibility are completed, you may continue to the application process:

1. Credential Program application

Sign up for and attend an orientation with the Kremen School of Education and Human Development's advising center.

Complete all parts of the Credential Program application, including:

  • answering the 10 questions on page 2 (make two copies);
  • obtaining medical and fingerprinting (security) clearances;
  • completing mandatory reporter training.

Submit all program application materials to the Kremen advising center, room Ed 100.

2. University application

Apply to the University through Cal State Apply for post-baccalaureate graduate study. There is a nonrefundable $70 application fee.

3. Schedule an interview

Schedule an interview and advising appointment with Dr. Alison Mandaville, the Credential Program coordinator in the English Department.

Bring a paper copy of your completed application, including typed application essay and interview form. The interview will take 40 minutes.

Interviews are scheduled only during fall and spring semesters.

Additional note

You may apply to the Credential Program in your final year of undergraduate study while completing subject matter competency requirements.

However, you will not be fully admitted nor able to start student teaching until you have demonstrated subject matter competency.