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Credential Programs

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Admission Process

  • 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.

Application Period

 
Summer and Fall 2025 Spring 2025
January 30 - March 31, 2025

September 25 - November 1, 2024

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Prerequisites, Degree and GPA Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or 90 units towards a blended Liberal Studies degree or integrated program from Fresno State.
  • A GPA of 2.5 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.)
  • Single Subject applicants: refer to the Single Subject Admissions Process Guide for prerequisite information.

Applications Required

Before applying to a credential program, applicants must first apply to Fresno State.

Step 1. Fresno State Application (Cal State Apply)

All applicants must first apply to Fresno State for the same semester that you intend to start the credential program.

Exceptions are made if: 

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

For assistance with completing your Cal State Apply application:

Apply to Fresno State

Step 2. Credential Program Application

2-3 business days after submitting your Fresno State application, your credential program application should be available in your Fresno State PortalPaper applications will not be accepted.

  • You must have a Fresno State student ID number before applying.
  • You must apply during an open application period.
  • You must complete both pages of the program application.
  • You must upload all 12 admission requirements (attachments) to move your application to complete status.
    • Review the Required Credential Program Application Attachments menu below for more information regarding each attachment.
    • 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, email kremencredapp@mail.fresnostate.edu.
    • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Credential Program Application Instructions


Required Credential Program Application Attachments

 
Provide one of the following 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 Evaluation Request Form verifying approved coursework or combination of coursework and exams.
    • Effective June 1, 2024, we will only evaluate coursework for applicants to the Kremen School of Education and Human Development Credential programs. Our BSR form will be available after June 10, 2024.
 

Refer to your teacher credential program’s table and choose the required attachment based on your demonstration of subject matter competency.


Multiple Subject and/or Dual Credential
Option Demonstration of Subject Matter Competency Required Attachment
1 Multiple Subject and Dual applicants that have a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, Liberal Arts or Elementary Education from a regionally accredited institution approved by the CTC. Attach unofficial transcripts with your application.
2 Multiple Subject and Dual applicants that have passed CSETs. Attach a copy of all subject matter CSET test scores. (Click here to review registration and test information for the Multiple Subjects CSET.)

Education Specialist Credential
Option Demonstration of Subject Matter Competency Required Attachment
1 Education Specialist applicants that have a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, Liberal Arts or Elementary Education from a regionally accredited institution approved by the CTC, or a major in one of the subject areas in which the commission credentials candidates. Attach unofficial transcripts with your application.
2 Education Specialist applicants that have passed CSETs. Attach a copy of all subject matter CSET test scores. (Click here to review registration and test information for the Multiple Subjects CSET.)

Single Subject Credential

Single Subject academic area advisors will determine if applicants are subject matter competent. Their determination will be documented on the admission interview form.

Option Demonstration of Subject Matter Competency Required Attachment
1 Single Subject applicants who possess a bachelor's degree and who are graduates of a State-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program at Fresno State. Attach the Single Subject Admission Interview Form and  unofficial transcripts with your application.
2 Single Subject applicants who possess a bachelor's degree and who are graduates of a State-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program from other California Institutions. Attach the Single Subject Admission Interview Form and an original subject matter competency verification letter from your school.
3 Single Subject applicants that have passed CSETs. Attach the Single Subject Admission Interview Form and a  copy of all subject matter CSET test scores. (Click here to review registration and test information for the CSET options for your subject matter area.)
4 Single Subject applicants that have met the SMC requirement with coursework or a combination of coursework and exams. Attach the Single Subject Admission Interview Form and appropriate academic subject matter coursework/combination form and/or transcripts.

 

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)

Complete the interview forms listed for your credential program, then schedule and complete an admission interview with faculty.
Attach the admission interview form signed by faculty and your personal narrative. (Upload as one document.)

Program Interview Forms Schedule an Interview
Multiple Subject
  1. Multiple Subject Interview Form
  2. Personal Narrative

Admission Interview Request

Eduction Specialist and/or Dual
  1. Education Specialist/Dual Interview Form
  2. Personal Narrative

Admission Interview Request

Single Subject
  1. Single Subject Interview Form
  2. Personal Narrative
  3. Teacher Candidate Commitment (Attachment 11)
  4. Resume that includes any pre-program field experience information
Contact your appropriate Academic Department Coordinator/Advisor during their respective office hours.

 

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.

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

Two additional attachments can be uploaded in this section.

Special Consideration Request Form

Special Consideration Request Form should be attached to your credential application if your admission GPA is too low or if you are returning to a credential program after a break of one or more semesters.

Course Substitution

To request a course substitution, complete the appropriate form for your credential program. This form does not need to be attached to your credential application.

Program Form How to Submit a Request
Education Specialist and/or Dual Education Specialist Course Substitution Request Form Email the completed form and requested documents to the program coordinator.
Multiple Subject Multiple Subject Course Substitution Request Form Email the completed form and requested documents to the program coordinator.
Single Subject Single Subject Course Substitution Request Form Click here to review the Course Substitution Request section of the Single Subject Curriculum.

 


Already have a credential? 

Current Credential Requested Additional Credential Required Action
Education
Specialist
Multiple Subject or Single Subject Apply to and complete the multiple subject or single subject program.
Education
Specialist
Another Education Specialist credential (MM or ESN) Complete the required steps listed below and email the completed documents to kremenschool@csufresno.edu.
Multiple
Subject
Single Subject Complete this form and email to hjamison@csufresno.edu.

Multiple
Subject

 

Education Specialist Complete the required steps listed below and email the completed documents to hjamison@csufresno.edu.

Single
Subject

Multiple Subject Complete this form and email to hjamison@csufresno.edu.

Single 
Subject

Single Subject

Complete this form and email to hjamison@csufresno.edu.

Single
Subject

Education Specialist Apply to and complete the Education Specialist program.

Required Steps

If the above table referred you to these steps, please complete the following:

  1. Program Application
  2. Admission Interview
    • Email the Education Specialist Coordinator to request an interview. Prior to the interview, email them the following:
      • Completed Admission Interview Form
      • A letter of recommendation from a school administrator
      • Resume
  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:

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