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Multiple Subject and Dual Credential Admissions Requirements

Applications for Spring 2020 will be accepted for submission from September 3 through October 11, 2019.

Want to learn more about the application process? Attend an Information Session: sign up here!

  • Thur. Oct. 17 - 3:30-4:30pm (Online)
  • Mon. Nov. 18 -  9-10am ED 360
  • Tues. Dec. 3 -  3:30-4:30pm (Online)

To find out more about the difference between residency cohorts and other cohorts, check out our video.

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Multiple Subject (Elementary Teaching) Credential Program Application Process

To apply to the program, gather all applicable Items listed in 1-10 below and deliver to the Center for Advising and Student Services in the Kremen School, ED100. Keep a copy of all application materials for your records.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or 90 units toward graduation from Fresno State (with the exception of the Blended Degree Program)
  • a GPA of 2.67 or higher overall or 2.75 or higher in the last 60 units
    If you do not meet this requirement, you still have an opportunity for admission by completing a Special Consideration Form and submitting it with your application.

All requirements are subject to change due to new legislative mandates.

Program Options

Full or part time students are welcome!

  • Multiple Subject and Education Specialist (Dual) Program (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe)

Admission Requirement Forms - All Forms

1. Program Application

Complete the following sections on the program application:

  • Student Information
  • Program Information

2. Admission Interview

You may sign up for an interview at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development building, Room 250 or call 559.278.0240.

Please bring your responses to the three questions listed on the Admission Interview Form, along with your completed form, to the interview.

3. Advising

Select the appropriate Advising Form for your program. Include a copy with your program application and keep a copy for yourself.

4. Subject Matter Competency

  • Liberal Studies Program Option
  1. Fresno State Liberal Studies graduates: Submit unofficial transcripts verifying your degree was conferred Spring 2016 or later.
  2. Liberal Studies graduates from other California Institutions: Submit an original subject matter competency verification letter from your school.
  • CSET Option
  1. Submit a copy of all three (3) passing Multiple Subject CSET test scores. (Get registration and test information at

5. Medical Clearance

Submit ONE of the following, signed by the Fresno State Student Health Center, a private physician, or an appropriate State of CA health agency:

  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Certificate of Completion (preferred form, valid for four years) OR
  • Evidence of a negative TB test dated within one year of starting the credential program (valid for one year) OR
  • Evidence of a negative chest x-ray if TB test results are positive

 Admission Requirement Letters

6. Letters of Recommendation (two required)

Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters, on letterhead with a recent date, may be from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who know you personally or professionally (ex. employer, teacher, etc.).

Admission Requirement Verifications

7. Apply to Fresno State via Cal State Apply

A University application is required if are applying to the credential program and:

  • You have already completed a baccalaureate degree from Fresno State or other University.
  • You are a first time Fresno State applicant.

A University application is NOT required if you are applying to the credential program and:

  • You are a current Fresno State undergraduate entering the program as an undergraduate student.
  • You are a current Fresno State post-baccalaureate entering the program as a post-baccalaureate student.
Apply to the University online: Cal State Apply. Refer to these Cal State Apply Instructions if needed.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each college attended. Transcripts are not required if the most recent school you attended was Fresno State.

Your school can send transcripts electronically to: 

Or, mail official transcripts to:

Fresno State
Graduate Admissions
5150 North Maple Ave. M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026             

Your University admission status can be checked at

Please provide verification of your University application with your credential program application.

8. Basic Skills

Provide ONLY ONE of the following:

  • Verification of passing all three subtests of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Verification of passing the College Board SAT English (500) and SAT Mathematics (550)
  • Verification of passing the ACT English (22) and ACT Mathematics (23)
  • Verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Writing Skills exam and CSET: Multiple Subject exam
  • Verification of a score of 3 or higher on the AP English Language and Composition or the AP English Literature and Composition Exam and a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus or Statistics Exam

9. Certificate of Clearance

For instructions on obtaining a Certificate of Clearance, click on the Livescan/Certificate of Clearance Instructions.

The Certificate of Clearance is a document issued by the Commission to an individual who has completed the Commission's fingerprint;character and identification process, whose moral and professional fitness has been shown to meet the standards as established by law. The Certificate of Clearance is not related to obtaining a clear credential. The Certificate of Clearance provides no authorization to provide instruction or services in schools its sole purpose is to provide verification that the holder has completed a professional fitness review.

Period of Validity: Certificates of Clearance are valid for five years. Fingerprint information will be invalidated for individuals who have not held any other type of valid document for more than eighteen (18) months after the expiration date of a Certificate of Clearance. The fingerprint process will need to be repeated when individuals whose fingerprints have been invalidated subsequently apply for certification.

10. Pre-Program Field Experience

Provide ONLY ONE of the following:

U.S. Constitution

Please provide unofficial transcripts verifying that you have passed a U.S. Constitution course with a ‘C’ or better or verification that you have passed a U.S. Constitution exam. This is not required for admission to the credential program, but will be required if you apply for an internship credential and when you apply for your preliminary credential