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Applying to Teaching Credentials

Apply to a Teaching Credential Program

The Fall 2025 application opens October 1, 2024 and closes February 1, 2025. New application instructions will be posted soon!

In order to submit your application, you will need to have completed each of the documents listed in the Application Instructions below. Once you are in Cal State Apply, you will be directed as to how and where to upload your documents.

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Application Instructions
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential Application Instructions
  • Education Specialist: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teaching Credential Application Instructions
  • Education Specialist: Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) Teaching Credential Application Instructions
  • Education Specialist: Extensive Support Needs (ESN) Teaching Credential (formerly Moderate/Severe Disabilities) Application Instructions (FULLY ONLINE)
  • Early Childhood Special Education - Added Authorization (ECSE-AA) Teaching Credentials Application Instructions
  • * Education Specialist: Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Credential (NEW this Fall 2025, FULLY ONLINE)
  • * PK-3rd Early Childhood Education Instruction Specialist (PK3) Credential (NEW this Fall 2025)
    *Pending CTC approval

Apply to return to Sac State to complete your MAT or MASET

The Fall 2025 application opens October 1, 2024 and closes February 1, 2025. New application instructions will be posted soon!

To Apply to RETURN to Sac State to COMPLETE the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or the Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (MASET), you must:

  • Be a former Sac State student who entered in Fall 2019 or later
  • Completed the Multiple or Single Subject credential, or the Education Specialist credential in ECSE, MMSN, or ESN

If you meet the requirements above, use the Application Instructions and submit your application to return in Cal State Apply  by February 1, 2025.

If you have any questions about the reapplication to the MAT or MASET, please contact Dr. Mae Chaplin  for MAT or Dr. Jean Gonsier-Gerdin for MASET.

MAT/Credential Program Information Sessions

Virtual Information Session for Candidates interested in applying to our teacher credentialing programs for Fall 2024. (Information Session Flyer).

Virtual Drop-ins for Assistance with our Application (Q&A)

Special Education Program Information Sessions

Special Education Programs Information Sessions for Candidates interested in learning more about a career working with children and youth with disabilities as an education specialist. Dates will be posted soon. Become an Education Specialist Teacher

Credential Program Fact Sheets

Sacramento State has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for our programs without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or ability. Sacramento State is a Hispanic-serving Institution, an Asian American Pacific Islander-serving institution, thoroughly abides by Title IX, and is a caring campus where students of all identities and intersectionalities are welcomed.

The College of Education welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences. For more information, please read our non-discrimination policy

Pre-requisites for the Credential Programs

If you are interested in completing pre-requisite courses for the preliminary Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Early Childhood or Moderate Severe Special Education Credential Programs, you may enroll without having been accepted to the university or to the credential program. You may take pre-requisite courses through Open University or complete the pre-requisites at another college or university. For more information, explore the links below or see “Who to Contact for Help” in the upper right on this page.

Options for Meeting the Basic Skills and Subject Matter Requirements

Who to Contact for Help

Please Note

Sacramento State is pleased to consider all eligible applicants for admission into an educator preparation program (e.g., general education teaching, special education teaching, school counseling, school psychology, and educational administration). Accepted applicants who complete all educator preparation program requirements can be recommended for state licensure (e.g., a teaching credential, a school counselor credential). If you are a DACA recipient in an educator preparation program or applying to an educator preparation program and have questions about your ability to obtain work authorization to seek employment as a credentialed educator with the State of California, please contact the Dreamer Resource Center (; 916-278-7241) to schedule a free consultation with an immigration attorney to discuss your individual case.


We do not discriminate in in the admission process or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.