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Application Period

 
Spring 2023 Summer and Fall 2023
September 26 - November 1, 2022 January 30 - March 31, 2023

 

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Important Facts

  • Completed credential program applications are processed in the order they are received throughout the application period.
  • Applicants that have met all admission requirements will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, space permitting.
  • Incomplete program applications will not be processed.
  • We recommend that anyone preparing to apply for the current or next admission cycle attend an information session with our advisors.

Press Release: California Approves New Options for Incoming Teachers to Demonstrate Professional Competency

July 13, 2021

With the passage of the 2021-22 State Budget agreement, California expanded the choices available to teacher candidates by permitting, for the first time, relevant collegiate-level coursework to be used to meet the Basic Skills (BSR) and Subject Matter (SMC) requirements in lieu of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).

Please refer to the Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competency sections below.

Prerequisites, Degree and GPA Admission Requirements

  • Single Subject applicants should refer to the Admission Process Guide for prerequisite information.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or 90 units towards a blended Liberal Studies degree or integrated program from Fresno State.
  • 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 attaching it with your application.)

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


Two Applications Required


A. Fresno State Application

All applicants must apply to Fresno State with these exceptions:

  • You are a current Fresno State Master's degree (post baccalaureate) student
  • You will still be a Fresno State undergraduate starting the credential program

Apply to Fresno State online: Cal State Apply. 

  • For assistance with completing your Cal State Apply application you may use the following resources:
  • You must apply for the same semester that you intend to start the credential program.

B. Credential Program Application

Step 1. Program Selection

Step 2. Application Attachments

  • You must upload the 12 attachments in Step 2 to move your application to complete status. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Attachments remain in your electronic student file and should not be attached again if they are still current.
  • If you need to return to the attachment page, re-enter the term on the first page of your application.
  • If a document needs to be detached, contact Renee Flores: reflores@csufresno.edu.

 
Provide ONLY ONE of these 7 options:
  1. Verification of passing all three subtests of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  2. An official score report that verifies passing the College Board SAT Reading or Verbal (500) and SAT Mathematics (550) if test taken before March 2016.
  3. An official score report that verifies passing the College Board SAT Reading and Writing (560) and SAT Mathematics (570) if test taken after March 2016.
  4. An official score report that verifies passing the ACT English (22) and ACT Mathematics (23)
  5. Verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Writing Skills exam and CSET: Multiple Subject exam
  6. 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
  7. An approved BSR Audit Request Form verifying approved coursework or combination of coursework and exams.
    • Monday, October 24, 2022 is the last day to submit an audit request for the Spring 2023 application period.
 

Choose the option that applies to you:

1. Graduates and approved Undergraduates of a State-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program at Fresno State

  • Attach unofficial transcripts with your application.

2. Graduates of a State-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program from other California Institutions

  • Attach an original subject matter competency verification letter from your school.

3. Multiple Subject, Dual and Education Specialist Applicants that have a Liberal Studies degree from a regionally accredited institution approved by the CTC

  • Attach unofficial transcripts with your application.

4. Applicants that have passed CSET's

  • Attach a copy of all subject matter CSET test scores. (Registration and test information: www.cset.nesinc.com).

5. Applicants that have met the SMC requirement with coursework or a combination of coursework and exams

  • Refer to CTC guidelines regarding this new method of meeting subject matter competency.
  • Single Subject academic area advisors will determine if single subject applicants are subject matter competent. This information will be documented on the admission interview form.
  • For all other applicants, at this time our faculty are not doing course evaluations to determine SMC. This webpage will be updated once that process starts. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and recommend passing CSETs.

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

  • Attach a copy of your certificate of clearance. Do not attach live scan forms or receipts.

Complete the Pre-Program Experience Form and select one option for meeting the requirement:

  • Successfully completed EHD 50 at Fresno State
  • Successfully completed an equivalent course
  • Pre-Program Field Experience Verification (no units on transcript)

Two current (within 1 year) recommendations are required. It is recommended (but not required) that at least one of the recommendation forms is completed by an instructor/faculty in your subject area and the other can be someone who knows you personally or professionally.

  • If your recommendation is emailed to the admissions analyst, you must attach a statement indicating this as attachment 5. 
  • If you were accepted to the FUSD Teacher Residency Program (Summer start only), upload a memo from FUSD stating that your letters of recommendation were received by FUSD.

Two current (within 1 year) recommendations are required. It is recommended (but not required) that at least one of the recommendation forms is completed by an instructor/faculty in your subject area and the other can be someone who knows you personally or professionally.

  • If your recommendation is emailed to the admissions analyst, you must attach a statement indicating this as attachment 6.
  • If you were accepted to the FUSD Teacher Residency Program (Summer start only), upload a memo from FUSD stating that your letters of recommendation were received by FUSD. 

Schedule and complete an admission interview with faculty. Attach the admission interview form signed by faculty and your personal narrative. (Upload as one document)

The Personal Narrative is a writing sample to showcase your proficiency in written English. Please use this template.

Note: If you interview with FUSD for the Teacher Residency Program (Summer start only), do not schedule an additional interview. Attach your acceptance email and personal narrative as one document.

Submit current and completed TB Risk Assessment form signed and stamped by the Fresno State Student Health Center, a private physician, or an appropriate State of CA health agency. Page 1 and page 3 of the assessment need to be uploaded as one attachment.

The Fresno State Student Health Center TB risk assessment form is also acceptable. If you contact them for an appointment, be sure to request a consultation for a TB risk assessment.

Other medical clearance forms and TB test result forms will not be accepted.

Complete Mandated Reporters Training for “School Personnel”. 

  • Visit this website
  • Complete General Training and then Complete School Personnel Training  
  • Attach the School Personnel completion certificate with your application.

Keep a copy of the certificate for your own records. Mandated Reporter Training is valid for two years. General training does not need to be repeated when renewing your certificate.

Select the appropriate Advising Sheet for your program and attach it with your program application.  Keep a copy for your reference.

Multiple Subject

Dual Campus Evening - Spring and Fall Start

Education Specialist Campus Evening - Spring and Fall Start

Education Specialist Clovis Residency - Spring and Fall Start

Fresno Teacher Residency - Summer Start

Single Subject  - Upload a blank advising form with your program application.
Forms are filled out prior to a mandatory orientation and signed by the program coordinator.

Note: Advising forms are subject to change.

Provide unofficial transcripts to verify undergraduate degree, GPA, and completion or enrollment in prerequisite courses.

Provide unofficial transcripts indicating a U.S. Constitution course passed with a ‘C’ or better, or verification that you have passed a U.S. Constitution exam.

Passing a U.S. Constitution course or exam is not an admission requirement, but will be required if you apply for an internship and at the time of application for your state preliminary credential.

If needed, attach the following with your application:

Two additional attachments can be uploaded in this section.

To request a course substitution complete the appropriate form and email it, along with requested documents to the program coordinator.

Already have a credential? 

If you would like to add a Multiple Subject (MS) or Single Subject (SS) credential to your existing MS or SS credential, complete this form and return it to Kremen ED 100.

If you hold an Education Specialist Credential and would like to add a multiple subject or single subject credential, you must apply to and complete the multiple subject or single subject program.

If you already hold a Multiple Subject credential and would like to add Education Specialist (ES) Credentials, or you already hold one ES credential and would like to add another ES credential, complete steps #1 - 7 below and email the completed documents to the credential admissions analyst, Renee Flores (reflores@csufresno.edu)

1.Program Application

2.Admission Interview

  • Email the Education Specialist Coordinator, Dr. Mahoney (mwmm@mail.fresnostate.edu) to request an interview. Prior to the interview, email him the following:

3. A Copy of your Preliminary or Professional (Clear) Credential

4. University Application verification       

5. TB Risk Assessment       

6. Valid Mandated Reporters Training Certificate for School Personnel, dated within one year of starting the  ES credential program.

7. Advising Form for appropriate program with signature:

  • Education Specialist Mild Moderate and Extensive Support Needs (Already hold a Multiple Subject Credential)
  • Education Specialist Mild Moderate Support Needs (Already hold an Education Specialist Moderate Severe Credential) 
  • Education Specialist Extensive Support Needs (Already hold an Education Specialist Mild Moderate Credential)

 

 

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