Credential Office

Application Options

There are currently three application options. See below for specific information on the three different application Options.




The California State University Chancellors Execute Order #1077 allows the College of Education to admit a very limited number of teacher education candidates under exceptional admission.

When one or more of the following required items for admission is not met, the candidate may petition for exceptional admission:

  •  Subject Matter Competency-  Passage of CSET or verification of Subject Matter Program completion.
  • Required GPA of 2.67 overall or 2.75 last 60 units.

 To be considered for exceptional admission you must submit a petition for exceptional admission form with your online program application.

Carefully read the following:

  • ACT Single Subject Credential candidates are not eligible for Exceptional Admission.
  • To be eligible for admission to any Credential Program you must be in good standing in your previous or current university.
  • Exceptional admission is not an option if missing the basic skills requirement.
  • Exceptional admission is not an option if your overall GPA is lower than 2.5.
  • While your application is pending review, we strongly suggest that you attempt to complete any missing examination requirements.
  • This option is limited to one term.  If you are not accepted under this option you must meet regular admission requirements to apply for a future semester. The application fee is not transferable.  
  • Exceptional admission is only allowed for one semester; you will not be allowed to enroll for classes the following semester unless the missing admission requirements have been satisfied.
  • If you are admitted under Exceptional Admission, you will not be eligible to student teach in your first semester.

Note: Our staff is unable to provide a status check on your exceptional admission file or an opinion as to whether or not you will be accepted under this option. You will be notified after the committee has made a decision.




Regular Admission Option is available fall and spring semesters

To be admitted to a basic teaching credential program under regular admission, applicants must meet all of the admission requirements applicable to the program being requested. Admission requires both a university application and a credential program application.




Application DeadlineDecember 1stJuly 1st
ITEP Program OnlyDecember 1stJuly 1st
Cal State Apply ApplicationDecember 1stJuly 1st


Multiple Subject / Single Subject / Education Specialist Credential Programs

This option is not available to ACT, ITEP, FYI, JYI, Services Credential or candidates who were previously enrolled as a Multiple/Single Subject or Education Specialist credential student.

Please follow the steps listed below to be considered for ITA: 

1. University Application - Complete the online university application at Cal State Apply, there will be a $70 fee for this application. The instructions to apply to the university can be found here.  If currently enrolled as a CSUN  student or if you have submitted a university application for the current term for another program, the University application is not required. 

2. ITA Application – Apply online by selecting Basic Teaching (Program Type), Traditional (Pathway), and ITA (both Program and Subject Category). The online application will require that you submit a non-refundable $50 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout). If you have submitted a program application for the traditional pathway for the current term then this application is not required. Please note if you have been previously enrolled in a program your application will not be processed for ITA.  Link to apply can be found at the bottom of this page. 

3. Transcripts 

Electronic transcripts:

  •  In your previous school’s transcript ordering system, choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient. If this option is not available, use as the recipient email address.
  • If submitting California community college transcripts, please review eTranscript California and use this convenient system.
  • If you are a CSUN graduate, the only transcripts you are required to submit are for any other post baccalaureate coursework that you have completed at another institution.
  • Both Graduate Admissions and the Credentials Office will have access to your electronic transcripts, so no duplicates are needed.
  • Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts!

Paper transcripts:

  • If your previous school(s) do not supply electronic transcripts, have official paper copies of your transcripts sent in unopened envelopes to:
California State University, Northridge
Office of the Registrar
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Foreign transcripts (if applicable):

  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation to the Credential Office. An official evaluation of coursework must be conducted by an approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION (
  • The official evaluation will need to be mailed to the Credential Office at the following address:
CSUN - Credential Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

4. Fingerprint Clearance – Application will not be processed without verification of current fingerprint clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Instructions on completing this process can be found here.  Important:  You must upload the email you will receive from CTC verifying you have submitted a certificate of clearance application. This email only serves as verification that you have applied for the clearance not that it has been granted. 

5. Tuberculosis Clearance – You will need to upload a copy of verification of negative TB test or a letter from your physician (regarding negative chest x-ray) taken within the last two years.


  • Your registration will be restricted to the courses identified in the ‘ITA Courses’ outlined below. If you enroll in courses other than those identified you will be asked to withdraw. The ITA option is allowed for one semester while completing program admission requirements; you will not be allowed to continue under this option for a second semester.
  • We cannot guarantee that all courses you take will meet future program requirements. Over time, requirements can change.
  • You will need to submit a new program application and fee to be considered for Regular Admission to the Credential program.
  • Please note that Intent to Apply students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • To be eligible for admission to any Credential Program you must be in good standing in your previous or current university.

6.   GPA Requirement: A cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 in your last 60 units is required for admission.

Limited Credential Courses for ITA-CRED Students - Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program:

EED 500/EPC 500 fundamentals of Teaching (must take 1st semester)3
EED 515 Basic Technology Methods2
ELPS/AAS/CHS/AFRS/ARMN 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools3
HSCI 465 ELM Teaching Health in the Elementary Classroom1

Limited Credential Courses for ITA-CRED Students - Preliminary Single Subject Credential Program:

SED 511 Fundamentals of Secondary Education in Multiethnic Schools (must take 1st semester)3
SED 514 Computers in the Instructional Program 3

Limited Credential Courses for ITA-CRED Students - Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program:

MMESN DisabilitiesDeaf and Hard of HearingEarly Childhood

SPED 400: Developmental Differences and Implications in Special Education (3)

SPED 402: Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)


SPED 400: Developmental Differences and Implications in Special Education (3)

SPED 402: Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)

SPED 403D: Early Field Experience/Seminar in Special Education (3)

SPED 402: Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)

SPED 431: Atypical Development of Young Children with Disabilities (3)

SPED 500: Communication and Early Literacy (3)

SPED 404: Teaching Diverse Learners with Social Communication Disabilities including Autism (3)

SPED 532: ECSE Curriculum and Instruction (3)

Application & Submission Guide

Please read our application guide fully, then check the box below to proceed to submit your application.

This guide will also assist you during the application submission process. If you experience issues while completing your application, refer back to the guide prior to contacting the Credential Office.