How to Apply to the Multiple Subject Program

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Admissions Process

All Credential and Master's Degree Applicants Must Apply to BOTH SSU and the Specific School of Education Program:

  • You must apply to the Sonoma State University as a graduate/post baccalaureate student in order to be admitted to a Credential or Masters program in the School of Education.
  • Please apply to SSU via Cal State Apply for your semester of interest.
  • Then complete the application process for the School of Education Credential or Master's Degree program.

Prerequisite Courses Credential Program

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.

Fall or Spring: Submit a Graduate application via Cal State Apply 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 is 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

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



Credential Program Application Periods and Deadlines

Credential Program Name Fall 2020 Application Period
Multiple Subject October 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020 
Single Subject October 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020 
Preliminary Education Specialist October 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020 
Admin Services Preliminary October 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020
Reading and Literacy Programs October 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020 
Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization October 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020 
 Offered spring, summer and fall semesters, call 707-664-2832

NEED PREREQUISITE COURSES? Our prerequisites are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Contact the Credentials Office for information: 707-664-2832 or

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