Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Preparation Programs
In Fall 2017, Cal State LA underwent the approval process for previously approved Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Preparation Programs through the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The effective completion of an ESM Preparation Program would allow a student to waive the CSET: Multiple Subjects through an approved set of completed, accredited academic coursework. The university’s proposed programs in this regard were determined to hold the proper quality that satisfies the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's elementary subject matter program standards, and are effective as of the 2018 calendar year. The four academic programs approved for an Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program via academic coursework through the CTC are only: Child Development, Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies, Liberal Studies, and Urban Learning.
Each Program of Elementary Subject Matter Preparation shall consist of a minimum of 84 semester units, or equivalent quarter units, including, but not limited to, language studies and literature; mathematics; science; social science, history, and humanities; visual and performing arts; physical education; and human development. There must be a minimum of 12 semester units in the major content area. Institutional discretion on course equivalences accepted (articulation of courses and equivalent course substitutions). Cal State LA cannot “grandfather” now a previously completed ESM waiver that was not conferred/approved under old standards. Cal State LA will abide by a 10-year rule for courses included in the ESM.
A student who began their post-secondary career at a community college can potentially be eligible for an elementary subject matter waiver after transferring to Cal State LA.
A student can be considered for a waiver through one of these, provided 3 stipulations:
There are equivalency for a student’s previous coursework (articulated or substituted)
Students declare one of the listed majors
Students complete the remaining units following an appropriate program roadmap for their major at Cal State LA.
Waiver evaluation and conferral process is determined and executed by approved faculty advisors from one of the listed departments, and by the CCOE via program coordinator, and Office for Student Services advisors. Waiver applicants must have earned a “C” or better on every course listed for the Elementary Subject Matter program. If you are not an undergraduate degree recipient of Cal State LA and you are not completing a preliminary teaching credential program, you are not eligible to receive an evaluation for the Elementary Subject Matter waiver.
Cal State LA ESM-Approved Program for Each Major
We have included links to the four programs, listing the Cal State LA ESM-Approved Coursework for each. The classes listed ONLY reflect those from Cal State LA and not any articulated coursework from other institutions or equivalent substitutions. These attachments can serve as guides/road maps for course completion:
Subject Matter Waiver Program Evaluation Process
Once you are ready to obtain your waiver, you will have to follow the accorded subject matter waiver program evaluation process. Below we have instructions, a request form, and the directory of approved waiver evaluators on campus. Please follow the step-by-step instructions in order to obtain your subject matter waiver.