Frequently Asked Questions: Teaching Credentials

1. When can I begin a preliminary teaching credential program?

2. What is the length of the credential programs?

3. How much is tuition?

4. Are there any pre-requisite courses?

5. How can I enroll in the pre-requisite classes if I'm not a Sacramento State student?

6. What are the test dates for CBEST and CSET? How do I register?

7. When are applications available and due?

8. How do I apply to Sacramento State for "graduate school admission" and how do I apply to the Teaching Credential Program?

9. Can I come in and have an advisor explain everything?

10. Can you tell me a little about what I would be doing in the Teaching Credential Program?

11. I'm bilingual. Does Sac State offer the Bilingual Authorization?

12. What internships are available?

1. When can I begin a preliminary teaching credential program?

Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist (special education) credential programs begin in Fall semesters only.

2. What is the length of the credential programs?

The Multiple Subject credential program offers both a two-semester option and a three-semester option to complete the credential. The Single Subject credential program only offers a two-semester option to complete the credential. The Education Specialist credential programs provide greater flexibility, offering full time and part time schedules, as well as limited summer coursework offerings. The Education Specialist programs can be completed in as few as three semesters (full-time).

3. How much is tuition?

Tuition for full-time resident credential students (enrolled in more than six units) is approximately $3,900 per semester (subject to change). For more information on resident and non-resident credential tuition and fees, go to: http://www.csus.edu/aba/student-financial-services/fees_deadlines_refunds.html#TUITION

4. Are there any pre-requisite courses?

Yes. For Multiple Subject and Single Subject credential programs, the following courses must be completed BEFORE the fall semester:

  • EDUC 170 - Educating the English Learner (summer sessions available)
  • EDUC 100 A/100B - Education of Students with Disabilities (summer sessions and online sessions available)
  • HLSC 136 - School Health Education
  • KINS 172 (MS only) - Elementary PE Methods/Movement Education

For the Education Specialist credential programs, the following courses must be completed BEFORE the fall semester:

  • EDUC 170 - Educating the English Learner (summer sessions available)
  • EDUC 100 A/100B - Education of Students with Disabilities (summer sessions and online sessions available)

For the list of approved Pre-requisite Course Equivalents at other colleges/universities, visit: http://www.csus.edu/coe/apply/credentials.html and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link.

5. How can I enroll in the pre-requisite classes if I'm not a Sacramento State student?

You can complete some of the pre-requisite classes by completing the equivalent courses at other colleges/universities noted at the above link. You also have the option to apply to Sac State for a spring semester to be considered for “conditional” admission to complete the pre-requisites courses only. However, if admitted in the spring, you are not guaranteed admission to a fall credential program. You will still need to complete the full program application process in order to be considered for admission to a fall credential program. If you cannot take pre-requisite classes in a spring semester but still want to apply for a fall credential program, then you must commit to taking pre-requisite classes during summer school.

6. What are the test dates for CBEST and CSET?  How do I register?

Please visit the testing website for more dates, preparation, and how to register: www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

7. When are applications available and due?

For Fall semester program admission consideration, applications are usually available the previous October and due in February. For the Spring semester “conditional admission” to complete pre-requisite courses only, applications are usually available in July and due by mid-September.

8. How do I apply to Sacramento State for "graduate school admission" and how do I apply to the Teaching Credential Program?

Two applications are required if you are a graduating senior, or completing a second bachelor’s degree or master’s degree, or are not currently a Sac State student.

  • The application to the University for Graduate School Admission must be submitted online at www.csumentor.edu.

  • The supplemental teaching credential program application (available during application cycles noted above) can be found at:

      www.csus.edu/coe/apply/credentials.

9. Can I come in and have an advisor explain everything?

We recommend that you FIRST get acquainted with our credential program requirements. Review the “how to apply” webpage for Teaching Credentials at: http://www.csus.edu/coe/apply/credentials.html. If you still have questions after reviewing the admission requirements and attending/viewing the program information session, feel free to email your questions to our program advisors in the College of Education’s Advising, Equity, Recruitment & Outreach Services Office at coe-aero@csus.edu.

10. Can you tell me a little about what I would be doing in the Teaching Credential Program?

Each semester you will have both credential coursework (on campus) and public school experiences (in selected partner districts/schools).

  • The two-semester Multiple Subject and Single Subject programs are accelerated and require candidates to balance extensive field experience/student teaching responsibilities with rigorous coursework Monday through Friday (full day commitment).
  • The three-semester Multiple Subject program (daytime commitment), while not as intense, is challenging (in coursework and teaching responsibilities) but does allow candidates time to work a very part-time, flexible job (at least for the first semester of the program).
  • Education Specialist programs can be completed either full-time (3-5 semesters) or part-time; most classes are offered after 4:00pm.

11. I'm bilingual. Does Sac State offer the Bilingual Authorization?

There is a great need for teachers with bilingual authorizations. We offer bilingual authorizations in Spanish or Hmong. The bilingual authorization requires additional courses and experiences.

  • For Spanish: ETHN 100 and ETHN 131 (or approved equivalents) which can be completed as part of the candidate’s bachelor’s degree or during the credential program AND EDUC 175, which is taken during the credential program.
  • For Hmong: ETHN 100 and ETHN110 (or approved equivalents) and EDUC 172 which can be completed as part of the candidate’s bachelor’s degree or during the credential program.

All candidates seeking the Bilingual Authorization must document 60 hours of experience with the target population and pass the CSET LOTE – Language Examination Test.

For further information about the Bilingual Authorization, please contact:
College of Education - Equity Coordinator
Phone: (916) 278-4324
Office: Eureka Hall 436

12. What internships are available?

Currently, intern credentials are only available to students enrolled in the Education Specialist credential programs (Single Subject programs are exploring this option currently). Credential students interested in an intern credential must meet with their faculty advisor during their first semester in the program to determine if they meet all eligibility requirements. Once it is determined that all eligibility requirements have been met, the student will work with the Credential Analyst to apply for the intern credential. The intern holds a full or part-time teaching position while completing credential coursework.