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Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted into CalStateTEACH, students must demonstrate evidence of:

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  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (unless you are an undergraduate with senior standing at a CSU).
  • A grade point average of 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units (Petition for Exceptional Admission available).
  • Two letters of recommendation on typed business letterhead. Letters must be written within the last 2-3 years.
  • One official, sealed copy of all university transcripts.
  • Certificate of Clearance more info
  • Writing proficiency as shown in an autobiographical statement.
  • A successful interview with a CalStateTEACH faculty member. You will be contacted by a faculty member about arranging an interview after you have submitted your application.
  • Completion of the basic skills requirement: Required for admission.
    • Pass the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) more info or
    • Pass the CSET and Writing (California Subject Examination for Teachers). more info or
    • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations. more info or
    • Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT or ACT more info or
    • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations more info or
    • Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State more info.
    • Note: applicants for the Student Teaching Option must have taken CBEST or CSET and Writing Skills.
  • Passage of CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers). Candidates must submit a passing score before the beginning of the term to enroll in Term 1. Applicants who have not yet passed the CSET may begin the program in a pre-professional split-term one. The CSET must then be passed prior to enrolling in term two of the program. more info
  • Health Clearance. Tuberculin and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) clearance is required:
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Immunization: All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against measles, mumps and rubella prior to enrollment. If you attended a CSU or UC as an undergraduate, you have met that requirement. 
  • The tuberculin clearance must be completed within 6 months of program application and must be valid through the three terms of the program. Because of AB1667 applicants may complete a TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire or a TB test. (Some school districts may require the TB test and that may delay a candidate's placement.) The tuberculin clearance may be completed at a private physician's office, the County Health Department, or a campus Student Health Center. Immunization Waiver
  • Personal email account.
  • Letter of Good Standing from previous Teacher Preparation Program. Only for applicants who have attended another Teacher Preparation Program.
  • Employment in a multiple-subject classroom in a school that holds regional accreditation if applying for the Intern or Private School Teacher Option.

If you wish to enroll in the Intern or Private School Teacher Option, and a job is the only requirement you are lacking, it is best to submit all of your materials so that you may be conditionally admitted prior to confirming employment as a teacher. This will speed up the admissions process once you are employed. However, you must show proof of employment before the program begins, otherwise you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Teaching Option.

For important dates and details, including application deadlines for the next term, see the Dates and Deadlines page.

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Your application will be submitted immediately, and your supporting documents should follow in one packet to your Regional Center. All supporting documents are due two weeks after the application deadline.

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CalStateTEACH applicants can check the status of their applications online (coming soon--please contact regional office for application status).