Welcome to our Admissions Information Page for Credential and Graduate Programs at the CSUCI School of Education!

Applications for Spring 2021 Phase I (Prerequisites) are now open, and due November 1st. Applications for Fall 2021 Credential Programs will open January 1st. Applications for Graduate Programs will open December 2nd. See below for detailed information on application deadlines. 

Admission to the Credential Programs will be described here, while admissions to Graduate Programs will be described below (scroll down). Admission to a credential program involves a range of requirements that must be met prior to being admitted.

The first thing you should know is that our Multiple Subject (elementary), Single Subject (secondary) and Education Specialist (mild to moderate special education) programs have two distinct phases: Phase I (prerequisite courses); and Phase II (student teaching and methods courses). The application type and requirements depend on which phase you are entering, and whether you will be an undergraduate (ITEP), post-bac Phase I, or post-bac phase II applicant. Applicants must complete Phase I prior to moving on to Phase II. Application Guides on the right provide more detail on admissions procedures and requirements, and you can also make an appointment with one of our credential counselors for detailed information on requirements.

There are a range of pathways into our programs:

  • Credential Program- Phase I (Prerequisites): Newcomers who will complete their undergraduate degree , but have not completed Phase I (prerequisites) prior to entering the program, must apply for conditional admission to our credential program in order to enter the prerequisite phase as post-bac (graduate) students. This application is done through Cal State Apply. (Note: Upon completion of Phase I, these conditionally admitted candidates must meet all additional requirements and apply internally to be fully admitted for Phase II- Student Teaching.)
  • Credential Program- Phase II (Full Credential): Students who have completed Phase I (prerequisites) as part of their undergraduate studies, and will enter the credential program after they complete their undergraduate degree, must apply directly to Phase II as post-bac (graduate) students. This application is done through Cal State Apply.
  • ITEP (Integrated Credential for Undergraduates): More recently we have added an integrated track for specific Liberal Studies students (ITEP): These students complete Phase I and other requirements prior to their senior year, and they are admitted to Phase II of the credential program at the end of their junior year. This option is available only to current CSUCI undergraduate students. These students complete Phase II (Full Credential) in the senior year of their undergraduate studies. This application is completed internally through the Liberal Studies Program.

CBEST, CSET and other application components that were affected by COVID-19 have been suspended as admissions requirements. Please see our application guides for full details.

Virtual advising appointments can be requested with the credential counselors in the Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Office (CEPO) are available through the CEPO website 

Do you have questions about the Credential Programs application process? You may register for an upcoming information session designed to assist applicants with navigating the application process. Information about upcoming Application Information Sessions coming soon!

Credential Applications:

  • Spring 2021 Entry into Prerequisite Coursework (Prerequisite Phase)- Now Open, Deadline Nov. 1
  • Fall 2021 Entry into Student Teaching (Full Credential)- Applications will open January 1st and theDeadline is April 1st
  • Fall 2021 Entry into Prerequisite Coursework (Prerequisite Phase)- Applications will open January 1st  and the Deadline is March 1st

Credential: Phase I, Prerequisites

If you plan to take credential prerequisite courses as a post-bac student (i.e., after completing your undergraduate degree) in Spring 2021, you must submit an application to the “prerequisite” program via Cal State Apply. This application is now open. Deadline for this application is November 1, 2020.

Credential: Phase II, Student Teaching and Methods

Newcomers (including current seniors) seeking full admission to Phase II of the credential programs (Note: This does not apply to ITEP undergraduate students, or to current post-bac Phase I students who already applied through Cal State Apply.)

Applicants for Fall 2021 seeking full admission to Phase II of the credential programs who have completed the prerequisite courses and all other requirements for student teaching, but who are not yet conditionally admitted to the post-bac credential, must complete the application in Cal State Apply. This application will open January 1st, 2021. The Deadline for this application is April 1st, 2021.

Notice to Students Regarding Professional Licensure and Certification


Graduate Programs Admission Information

Admissions for Fall 2020 are now closed.

Applications for Fall 2021:

Applications for Fall 2021 open: December 2, 2020
*Priority Deadline: April 15, 2021
All applications are due: June 1, 2021

More information:

M.A. Education (Curriculum & Instruction and Disability Studies)
M.A. Educational Leadership (P-12 Emphasis and Higher Education Emphasis)
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential 

Notice to Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Seekers/Current Students Regarding Professional Licensure and Certification

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