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 and Single Subject credential programs begin in the Fall semesters only. Education Specialist credential programs begin every fall and spring semesters. (Note: enrollment each semester of new students to Education Specialist programs is contingent upon a sufficiently qualified applicant pool).

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. And the Education Specialist credential programs provide for great flexibility, offering fulltime and part time schedules, as well as limited summer coursework offerings.

3. How much is tuition?

Tuition for full-time resident credential students (enrolled in more than six units) is approximately $3,800 per semester (subject to change). For more information on resident and non-resident tuition and fees, go to: www.csus.edu.

4. Are there any pre-requisite courses?

Yes. For two-semester 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 list of approved equivalencies at other colleges/universities for the credential pre-requisites courses, view the equivalencies handout.

**For the three-semester Multiple Subject program option, the pre-requisite classes can be taken during the first semester you are in the program (fall semester). However, we recommend you complete some of the pre-requisite classes prior to the fall semester (summer school should be considered) or review the list of equivalents noted above.

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 on the above list. OR, you can apply to Sac State for a spring semester to be considered for “conditional” admission to complete the pre-requisites only. However, if admitted, this is not an admission to a program. You will still need to complete the full program application process in order to be considered for fall admission to a program. If you cannot take pre-requisite classes in a spring semester but still want to apply for a two-semester program for fall, you will have to 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 starts, applications are usually available the previous October and due no later than March 1st. For Spring semester Education Specialist program starts and those who want to apply for conditional admission to complete pre-requisites, applications are usually available in July and due no later than October 1st.

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. Once submitted, print out the confirmation receipt and save it as you will need it for the program application packet.
  • 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?

Of course! We recommend that you get acquainted with program requirements beforehand. So first read the Admissions Guide (www.csus.edu/coe/apply/assets/credentials/cred-admissions-guide-201308.pdf) and attend a program information session, if possible (www.csus.edu/coe/apply/recruitment). Then feel free to contact the College of Education’s Advising, Equity, & Outreach Services Office at (916) 278-6403 if you have further questions.

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. Does Sac State offer the Bilingual Authorization?

Terrific! 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.  You can read more about it at www.csus.edu/coe/academics/credentials/degrees.

12. What internships are available?

Currently, intern credentials are only available to students enrolled in the Education Specialist credential programs. Students interested in an intern credential must meet with their faculty advisor first to determine if the potential teaching position qualifies and to determine if the student meets 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.