How to Apply
Please use the links below to apply to your desired program or check your application status.
The application process is entirely online. No items need to be mailed, upload all of your application items to your application account.
- Create an account. Then, complete the application at your own pace.
- Ensure that your uploaded documents are easy to view online.
- Complete all required sections.
- Save often, submit once. You may access and update your application as many times as you like before submission. You are encouraged to submit your completed application a few weeks before the deadline.
For requirements for all School of Education programs, visit the general admission requirements page.
For international students, please visit the international student requirements page.
- Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
- One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
- Applicants must have earned their Bachelor's and/or Masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution. They must provide a background of academic preparation and/or professional experience that demonstrates their ability to pursue graduate level programs.
- Recommended GPA of 2.75.
- Two current letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
- Current résumé.
- Statement of Intent: Describe your interest in becoming a classroom teacher, relevant experience, connection to our social justice mission, and qualities/aspirations you would bring to our program. Also tell us why you have chosen to apply to Teacher Education and USF (2-4 pages, double spaced).
BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT AND CSET EXAM
Due to the impact of COVID-19, USF will allow students to submit their application to our teaching credential programs without the Basic Skills Requirement. If admitted, you will be required to meet the Basic Skills Requirement by the date listed in your admission letter. There are eight ways to meet the Basic Skills Requirement. Students may choose any one of the eight options - there is no preferred option.
We will also invite applicants to apply to USF before they complete the CSET requirement. The CSET is a subject matter exam. The specific CSET exam an applicant takes is based on which credential type they will earn in their credential program (multiple subjects or single subject). Students that have completed an accredited subject matter preparation program are invited to submit waiver documentation in lieu of taking the CSET.
If you apply prior to passing the CSET and are offered admission, your admission will be conditional on passing the CSET by the date listed in your admission letter. In order to be eligible for conditional admission consideration, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
- The candidate provides evidence of having attempted the appropriate subject matter examination(s).
- The candidate provides evidence of registration for the next scheduled examination.
- The candidate provides evidence of having completed a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program in the appropriate subject.
- The candidate provides evidence of continuous progress towards meeting the subject matter requirement.
- The candidate provides evidence of enrollment in an organized subject matter examination preparation program.
Please carefully review the following information about the Basic Skills Requirement and CSET. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Proof of Completion of one of the Basic Skills Requirements*
- Proof of subject matter competency (CSET for Multiple Subjects and Special Education candidates; CSET or a Subject Matter Competency waiver from an accredited subject matter preparation program for single subject candidates).
- Multiple Subjects and Special Education candidates are required to complete the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam (Subtests I, II, and III)
- Single Subject candidates are required to take the CSET in the subject area in which they plan to be credentialed.
- Single Subject English candidates: CSET English (Subtests I, II, III, and IV)
- Single Subject Social Science candidates: CSET Social Science (Subtests I, II, and III)
- Single Subject Mathematics candidates: CSET Mathematics (Subtests I and II are required to be eligible for admission to USF; Students should also take Subtest III if they seek to earn the full mathematics credential)
- Single Subject Science candidates must submit the following exams taken on or prior to August 6, 2017:
- CSET Science Subtests I and II (test codes 118 and 119)
- CSET Science Subtest III (test codes 120-123) is only required if pursuing a concentration in a particular area of science
- Single Subject Science candidates must submit the following exam(s) taken after August 6, 2017 must submit the following exam score reports:
- CSET Science Subtest I (test code 215)
- CSET Science Subtest II (test codes 217-220) only required if pursuing a concentration in a particular area of science
- Life Sciences (test code 217)
- Chemistry (test code 218)
- Earth and Space Sciences (test code 219)
- Physics (test code 220)
Applicants to the Teacher Education Department at USF's additional locations are eligible to complete their credential in the following subject areas:
- Multiple Subject or Single Subject (any area).
Students enrolled at the Pleasanton, Sacramento, or Santa Rosa locations:
- Contact Sandi Fenderson (email@example.com) to speak specifically about what content area you are interested in pursuing and the testing requirements for that content area.
Students enrolled at the South Bay location:
- Contact Ruchi Rangnath (firstname.lastname@example.org) to speak specifically about what content area you are interested in pursuing and the testing requirements for that content area.
CSET scores are valid for 10 years from the date the test was completed.
Teaching credential applicants living outside California at the time of their application should contact the department for testing requirements.
*BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT – CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT THROUGH ONE OF THE EIGHT AVAILABLE OPTIONS:
- Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) – Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total score is at least 123. Any or all sections of the CBEST can be repeated as many times as necessary to obtain a passing score.
- Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects plus the CSET: Writing Skills Examination – Passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination in combination with the CSET: Writing Skills examination meets the basic skills requirement. Passing exam scores on the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination used only for purposes of meeting the basic skills requirement remain valid indefinitely. The CSET: Writing Skills may not be used alone and must always be used in combination with the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination.
- Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) or the CSU Placement Examinations
Passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. Passing exam scores remain valid indefinitely for the purpose of meeting the basic skills requirement. For the use of EAP, individuals must achieve a score of “College Ready” or “Exempt” for both math and English. For use of the ELM, individuals must achieve a score of 50. For use of the EPT, individuals must achieve a score of 151.
- Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT or ACT
Previously, individuals having earned a score of 500 or higher on the Critical Reading (previously Verbal) section of the SAT exam combined with a score of 550 or higher on the SAT Mathematics exam are determined to have met the basic skills requirement.
A restructuring of the SAT Suite of Assessments has adjusted the qualifying scores on the revised Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics examinations required to meet the basic skills requirement. The new scores listed have been deemed by the College Board as equivalent to the scores shown for the examinations as administered prior to this revision. For use of College Board SAT scores taken after March 2016, individuals must achieve a score of 570 (Math) and 560 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing). For use of College Board SAT scores taken before March 2016, individuals must achieve a score of 550 (Math) and 500 (Critical Reading - or Verbal).
An individual having earned a score of 22 or higher on the ACT English exam combined with a score of 23 or higher on the ACT Mathematics exam is determined to have met the basic skills requirement.
- College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations – Individuals who achieve:
- A score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP English exam (either AP English Language & Composition or AP English Literature & Composition), and
- A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam, are determined to have met the basic skills requirement.
- Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State – The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states. There is no recency requirement for the date the examination was passed. The list of Basic Skills examinations from other states accepted by the Commission can be found on the CTC website.
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework
Individuals may meet the requirement by providing official transcripts to a Commission-approved preparation program or submitted with their application packet to the Commission. The transcripts must show passage of courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as outlined below. Courses must have been taken at a regionally-accredited college or university for credit, passed with a grade of B or better, be degree applicable, and be either 3 semester or 4 quarter units. Qualifying coursework does not include professional development or continuing education units or in-service training or workshops. Qualifying coursework includes the following:
- For reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
- For writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
- For mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
A course that does not fall within the indicated areas may still qualify with additional letter of explanation. A letter from the registrar or relevant department chair of the college or university must state that a course passed by the applicant covered reading, writing, or mathematics at the same level as one of the listed courses. Such a letter could also attest that a single course sufficiently indicates proficiency in reading and writing combined.
Online recommendations from a Commission-approved preparation program or employing agency must include Form 41-BSR, entitled Verification of Basic Skills Requirement when choosing the coursework option. Form 41-BSR is available on the Credential Information Guide (CIG). Form 41-BSR is not required if CBEST or CSET scores are being used to meet the requirement.
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework and Exam
The Basic Skills Requirement can be met through a combination of applicable courses and qualifying exams. This option is only available through a Commission-approved preparation program. The qualifying coursework must meet the requirements as described above in item number 7. The mixing-and-matching of relevant components or components from all exam options permitted under current law is acceptable.
Online recommendations from a Commission-approved preparation program must include Form 41-BSR, entitled Verification of Basic Skills Requirement when choosing the mixing-and-matching option. From 41-BSR is available on the Credential Information Guide (CIG). Form 41-BSR is not required if CBEST or CSET scores are being used to meet the requirement.
See full details on the CTC website.
Copies of passing scores can be accepted until official scores are submitted.
If you are an international student applying to a teaching credential program, please contact email@example.com to discuss your application requirements.