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Applying to Teaching Credentials

Apply to a MAT with teaching credential program

Applications are not being accepted for Spring 2024.

The Fall 2024 application opens October 1st and will close February 1, 2024. Please review the application instructions below.

There is NO LONGER a Supplemental Application required for most of our programs. Instead, if you will start the program in Fall 2024 as a graduate student (having already completed your BA/BS degree), then all application materials are submitted through Cal State Apply. If you are a current CSUS student and plan to start the program as an undergraduate, please contact Ashley Ciraulo-Stuart at ONLY current CSUS students are allowed to begin the program as an undergraduate.

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

MAT/Credential Program Information Sessions

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

  • Recurring Zoom link
    October 5, 2023
    3 - 4:30 p.m.

    November 9, 2023
    3 - 4:30 p.m.

    December 7, 2023
    3 - 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Information Sessions for Bilingual Candidates (Hmong, Spanish) interested in applying to our teacher credentialing programs for Fall 2024.

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. RSVP HERE or scan QR Code to receive the zoom link. Become an Education Specialist Teacher

October 9, 2023
3:30-4:30 p.m.

October 26, 2023
5-6 p.m.

November 7, 2023
4-5 p.m.

November 14, 2023
7-8 p.m.

December 4, 2023
3-4 p.m.

General Information about the MAT with teaching credentials

We will not be accepting applications for Spring 2024 for any Master of Arts with Teaching Credential Programs.

The application period for Fall 2024 Master of Arts with Teaching Credential Programs opened on October 1, 2023 and will close on February 1, 2024.

ALL Sacramento State Teaching Credential Programs are now Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education (MAT - SpEd) programs, with a Concentration in the various credential programs that we offer (except for the ACT pathway, which is a combined undergraduate degree in CHDV plus special education credential). After completing the credential program required coursework, students may then choose whether to continue and complete the MAT/MAT-SpEd or opt out with the teaching credential completed.

Apply to return to Sac State to complete your MAT

To Apply for Fall 2024 Admission to RETURN to Sac State to COMPLETE the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or the Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education (MAT-SpEd), 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 instructions at this link and submit your application to return in Cal State Apply  by 2/1/24.

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

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 Requirement

Options for Meeting the Subject Matter Requirement

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.