Credential Program Prerequisites

Prerequisite Enrollment Options

Summer: Courses are offered through the School of Extended and International Education during the Summer.

Fall or Spring - Submit a Graduate application via Cal State Apply and select the application for "Single Subject Prerequisites" to take prerequisites for that program or "Multiple Subject Prerequisites" for the Multiple Subject Credential.

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.

For admission to the Education Specialist, Single Subject, and Multiple Subject credential programs, the candidate must have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework or a grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted. 

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. Applicants may substitute EDMS 470 for EMDS 419 through Fall 2022.    

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

Single Subject Credential Program

Recommended ONLINE Course Equivalents

If you wish to use one of these alternative courses as a prerequisite, you will still need to 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.

CSU Course match : EDUC 417 School & Society

  • SOC 413 (4 units) - SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (Online Course, CSU San Marcos)
  • EDUC 602 (3 units)  - SCHOOL IN MLTICUL SOC (Online Course, CSU San Marcos)
  • EDTE 302 (3 units) - ACCESS & EQUITY IN EDUCATION (Online Course, CSU Chico)

CSU Course match : EDSS 418 Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

  • EDSC 320 (3 units)- ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT (Online Course, CSU Fullerton)

Special Education

There are no prerequisite courses.

*GE courses

If you have any questions, please contact the Credentials Office.