Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2018

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Thank you for your interest in the School of Education at Sonoma State University! Below you will find information regarding our Credential Program admission requirements and other useful information regarding submitting a credential program application.

For more information contact us at Credentials Office, or visit us at Stevenson Hall 1078.

For more information about specific programs, please check the following links:

Credential Program Application Process

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To apply, visit CSU Mentor.

To complete your SSU Graduate application, you must provide:

  1. One set of official transcripts from each college/university attended. (Failure to provide official transcripts to the office of Admissions and Records will delay your program admission).
      • Have transcripts sent directly to Admissions and Records via US mail or via Parchment Exchange or e-transcripts for CA or
      • Deliver to Admissions and Records if transcripts were sent to you. Remember, these must be official.
  2. A $55.00 application fee. This can be paid online.

If mailing items send to: University Admissions and Records; 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

Prerequisite Enrollment Options

Summer: Courses are offered through the School of Extended and International Education during the Summer. However, a formal application needs to be approved by the School of Education in order to register. Download the Summer 2017 Prerequisite Application Form under our Forms page. Please contact the School of Education for further information.

Fall or Spring - Submit a Graduate application via CSU Mentor and mention in the Statement of Purpose section that you want to take prerequisites.

Candidates may apply to a basic credential program prior to completion of or enrollment in the prerequisites.All prerequisite coursework must be completed in order to begin a Multiple or Single credential program.

Prerequisite Courses by Program:

Multiple Subject Credential Program
EDUC 417 (3) School and Society*

*EDMS 419 (3) Identity and Agency for Socially Just Classrooms and Communities (This course will be a prerequisite for all students beginning the program on or after Fall 2017).
Note: EDMS 419 replaces EDMS 470 as a Multiple Subject program prerequisite. Students who have already successfully completed EDMS 470 (3) Multicultural Pedagogy will be able to substitute it for EDMS 419.

Single Subject Credential Program
EDUC 417 (3) School and Society*
EDSS 418 (3) Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood*

Special Education
There are no prerequisite courses.

*GE courses

Prerequisite Enrollment Options

Summer: All Prerequisites required for the basic credential programs are offered during Summer session. Registration approval by the School of Education is required prior to enrolling through School of Extended and International Education (SEIE). Summer session schedule is found at SEIE Summer schedule. Download the Summer 2017 Prerequisite Application Form under our Forms page.

Summer 2017 Offerings
EDUC 417 (School and Society, prerequisite for Multiple Subject and Single Subject)
Session 1: 9am –noon, M-Th
Session 2: 9am -noon M-Th

EDMS 419 ( Identity and Agency for Socially Just Classrooms and Communities , prerequisite for Multiple Subject only and EDUC 418)
Session 1: 1-4pm, M-Th
Session 3: 9am –noon, M-Th

EDSS 418 (Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood, prerequiste for Single Subject only)
Session 1: 9am-noon M-Th
Session 2: 2-5pm M-Th

Fall or Spring: Submit a Graduate application via CSU Mentor and mention in the Statement of Purpose section that you want to take prerequisites.

Candidates may apply to a basic credential program prior to completion of or enrollment in the prerequisites. All prerequisite coursework must be completed in order to begin a Multiple or Single credential program.

Course Substitution Process:
If you believe that you completed comparable coursework, please complete the Request for Substitution form  and submit to the School of Education.  One form is required per SSU course. Transcripts and course descriptions must accompany this form.

List of alternate courses offered in the CSU system for EDUC 417 and EDUC 418

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Credentials Office at 707-664-2832 or email credentials.office@sonoma.edu.

 

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited university or if SSU student-senior status or 90 units toward graduation (with the exception of the Blended Degree Program)
  2. A GPA of 2.67 or higher overall or 2.75 or higher in the last 60 units.

Ask two instructors, supervisors or other individuals (family members not acceptable) who are in a professional position to recommend you to the teacher preparation program to write a Professional letter of recommendation on professional letterhead. Letters must be current and original (within the last 6 months). Submit the two letters with your application packet. Please see program application for more important details regarding letters of recommendation. Letters may also be submitted by the reference to credentials.office@sonoma.edu.

Exam and Clearance Requirements

Provide ONLY ONE of the following:

  • Take all three subtests of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and submit verification of having passed CBEST (123) or at a minimum passing scores in Reading (41) and Writing (41).  A passing score will also be required in the Math (41) subset prior to Final Student Teaching.
  • Verification of passing the College Board SAT English (500) and SAT Mathematics (550)
  • Verification of passing the ACT English (22) and ACT Mathematics (23)
  • Verification of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Writing Skills exam and CSET: Multiple Subject exam (Multiple Subject and Special Education Applicants ONLY)
  • 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
  • Original score report showing a score of “college ready” or “exempt” in the English and Math sections of the Early Assessment Program (EAP)
  • Original score report showing a score of 50 on the Entry Level Math (ELM) exam and 151 on the English Placement Test (EPT)
  • A combination of the scores from the EAP and the EPT/ELM as long as you have passed a section of the English and a section for Math

 

Subject Matter Competency-CSET: Multiple Subject (California Subject Examinations for Teachers)

  • Passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is required prior to enrolling in a Multiple Subject credential program. Note: The CBEST does NOT cover this requirement.
  • Program applicants should register for the appropriate CSET exams and request for scores to be reported to SSU. CSET test dates, test registration procedures, deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at CTC Exams. You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information.
  • While passage of exam is not required, proof of exam registration is required as part of the application process.
  • We recommend that you take the CSET exam no later than the July test administration for Spring admission and no later than the January administration for Fall admission. Early passage of the exams will enable accepted candidates to register during our first registration

Subject Matter Competency ( Submit ONE of the following):
Verification of subject matter competency must be completed and documented prior to admission into a credential program.

  • Passage of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is required by the State of California prior to enrolling in a Single Subjects credential program.
  • Program applicants should register for the appropriate CSET exams and request for scores to be reported to SSU. CSET test dates, test registration procedures, deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at CTC Exams. You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information.
  • While passage of exam is not required to apply to the program, proof of exam registration is required to be considered for the program applicant interview which takes place in the spring semester prior to admission.
  • Passing scores for the CSET examinations must be received by our office no later than May 15 in order to be considered for a fall semester admission to the program. Please check the CSET website for test administration and result availability dates in order to meet this score receipt deadline. Submit photocopy of official score report directly to the Credentials Office.
    The sooner the exams are taken the better as it takes 4-6 weeks to receive official test results.
    OR
  • Subject Matter Waiver: Document attesting that the candidate has completed an approved subject matter preparation program (e.g. English, Mathematics, Music, programs at SSU). Please see your program advisor at the institution where you received your BA for confirmation.

 

Subject Matter Competency ( Submit ONE of the following):

Verification of Subject Matter Competency is required by the State of California prior to admission into a credential program. Submit photocopy of exam results directly to the Credential Office. It is also recommended that candidates indicate that SSU is approved to receive scores. Note: the CBEST does NOT cover this requirement.

  • CSET Exam Scores (California Subject Examinations for Teachers)
    CSET test dates, test registration procedures and deadlines, and test score reporting dates are available at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. You can also contact the Credentials Office for this information. Plan to take the CSET exam no later than the July test administration for Spring admission and no later than the January administration for Fall admission.

The sooner the exams are taken the better as it takes 4-6 weeks to receive official test results.

OR

  • Subject Matter Waiver Letter or Verification of Enrollment in Subject Matter Waiver Program
    Submit a letter from your subject matter program advisor verifying you completed the waiver program or a memo verifying you are enrolled in a subject matter waiver program (Single Subject Waiver program only).

Note: Completion of Subject Matter Waiver is required prior to admission into the Credential program. For more specific information contact the Credentials Office at www.credentials.office@sonoma.edu.

For instructions on obtaining a Certificate of Clearance, visit the Certificate of Clearance page.

In accordance with California State law and Education code, all teaching credential applicants must go through a background check and fingerprinting process BEFORE entering the program. Please follow instructions provided with this application. It is advantageous to get this turned in early so that it will not delay your admission. Download, print, and fill out the “Request for Live Scan” form from California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Acceptable documentation in lieu of forms: most credentials or permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, including emergency 30- day, pre-intern, emergency long-term, clear or preliminary, or children’s center permits.

Verification of Pre-Program Field Experience:

A total of at least 45 hours of pre-program field experience completed within the last two years and with a group of students within the age group of credential you are seeking at the time of application to program is required and MUST be completed by the time you file your Credential Program application. Complete “Verification of Field Experience” form found in the application packet.

California law and credential standards require that all teacher education candidates receive information about illegal discrimination, sexual harassment and suspected child abuse reporting BEFORE entering the program. The School of Education will be contacting you when you have access to enroll OR if you are currently an enrolled SSU student you may complete the training via Moodle. To register, please contact the Administrative Coordinator at 707-664-2509 or the Student Services Coordinator at 707-664-2593. This requirement must be completed prior to enrolling in program courses. A registration hold will be put in place until this requirement is met.