Admission to the Teacher Credential Program, Office for Student Services

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Basic Teaching Credentials

Applying for a teaching credential can be a complicated process, but we’re here to help! In addition to the steps below, we offer group advisement sessions for admissions, program requirements and career pathways. To view the upcoming dates, please click here Group Advisement Dates.


The application deadline for Spring 2017 is October 15th, 2016. Click here for all Charter College of Education application deadlines.

  • Eligibility Criteria for Recommendation for Post-Baccalaureate Admission with Conditions
    • GPA – 2.75 or higher in last 60 semester/90 quarter units
    • Testing Requirements
    • Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
    • Admission to the Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential Program requires a valid basic California teaching credential. 

You need to complete two applications as part of the admissions process. First, apply and be admitted to the university via CSU Mentor and pay $55 application fee (see Step 1). Second, apply to your credential program (see Step 2)

Step 1: Apply to the University through CSU Mentor

  • Once you apply to the university through CSU Mentor you will be given a CIN number; you need this CIN in order to submit a credential program application. If you are currently enrolled as a Cal State LA student, you do not have to apply to CSU Mentor (Note: Current undergraduate students need to reapply to CSU Mentor for graduate admission if they complete a bachelor’s degree BEFORE completing a credential.)

Step 2: Complete your Credential Program Application Teaching Credential Application

  • Complete all required sections of your credential program application including:
    • Philosophy of Education Statement
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicants to our credential programs will find the tab labeled “Payment” in the credential program application to pay a $65 Admission and Credential Application Fee before submitting the application. (Note: Continuing students who are adding a second credential program do not have to pay this fee.)

Step 3: Mail Official Transcripts to Cal State LA

Cal State LA Graduate Studies Office
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90032

Please click here for information on California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Guidelines for Foreign Transcript Evaluation.

Re-Admission Process

For any former student seeking re-admission into a teaching credential program, please follow the instructions contained in the Re-Admission Protocol – Teacher Credential Programs. Applications submitted on and after January 5, 2015 will be directed by this re-admission protocol for consideration for re-admission.


  • Meeting Conditions to Progress in the Credential Program
    • GPA – 3.0, with no credential courses of a grade below a “C ”
    • Complete all prerequisite/introductory coursework for the specific credential, including writing proficiency and oral communication
    • *Meet subject matter requirements for the specific credential
    • *Basic Skills Requirement fully met prior to fieldwork

(*Note: Documentation required for the above should be turned in to the Charter College of Education, Office for Student Services in King Hall D2078)


  • Meeting Requirements for Recommendation of the Credential
    • GPA - 3.0, with no credential courses of a grade below a “C”
    • Successful fieldwork experiences
    • Testing
      • Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA) for Multiple and Single Subject Credentials
      • *Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist (Early Childhood Special Education exception)
    • *CPR requirement met
    • U.S. Constitution requirement met
    • *Submit Credential Application to the Office for Student Services

(*Note: Documentation required for the above should be turned in to the Charter College of Education, Office for Student Services in King Hall D2078)