Credential Office

Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student’s access to the academic core curriculum and progress towards meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction, and Special Education Support to individuals in the area of specialization listed on the credential. CSUN offers Preliminary Education Specialist credentials in four specialization areas: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Mild-Moderate Disabilities and Moderate-Severe Disabilities.

Student Teaching Application Deadline is December 15, 2017.  Please read the information regarding the student teaching process, and eligibility requirements. 

Application Process

     Deadline Dates

    Admission Type Spring Fall
    Regular Admission (Traditional & ACT)January 10thAugust 8th
    ITEP (Freshman/Junior)

    Nov. 1st (Priority Deadline)      

    Jan. 10th (Deadline)

    July 1st (Priority Deadline)

    August 8th (Deadline)

    Exceptional AdmissionNot AvailableAugust 8th
    Intent to Apply (ITA)January 10thAugust 8th

    Credential Application Requirements

    1. University Application - Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $55 application fee. We have recently upgraded our online university application to the Cal State Apply system. This upgrade is still in progress and so some of our academic programs may not be immediately visible. If you are having difficulty with Cal State Apply, you can seek help via: 

            This application is not required if currently enrolled as a CSUN graduate student or if applying under ITEP option.

    1. Online Program Application - Submit online along with nonrefundable $50.00 application processing fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be assessed at checkout).
    2. Transcripts - You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted (ITEP only requires 2.67 cumulative GPA) and be in good academic standing. Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted in person or by mail to Admissions and Records and the Credential Office at:

      Admissions & Records
      CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
      18111 Nordhoff Street 
      Northridge, CA 91330-8207


      Credential Office
      CSUN - Credential Office EA 103
      18111 Nordhoff Street
      Northridge, CA 91330-8265


      IMPORTANT! You should request all transcripts sent directly to your home address, once you have gathered all transcripts you may submit them to both offices separately.

      If currently a CSUN student or a CSUN graduate, transcripts do not need to be submitted unless you have completed post baccalaureate coursework at another institution.
      Please note: If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree at a school other than CSUN you will be required to provide one additional official transcript after your degree has been awarded.  You are not considered admissible to the Credential program until an official transcript with your posted bachelor's degree has been received. Your bachelor's degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
      Foreign transcripts (if applicable) - Applicants with international transcripts must provide a copy of an official evaluation of that coursework by an approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit
    3.  Basic Skills Requirement - Detailed information regarding options for meeting this requirement can be found here.  For CBEST test dates, online registration and more visit
       Note: Official passing scores must be sent directly from Evaluation Systems to CSUN.  If you did not request the official scores to be sent to CSUN you will need to upload a copy to the online credential program application.  
    4. Subject Matter Competency -  Education Specialist  candidates may meet this requirement by taking the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or through a subject matter waiver program (from your undergraduate major) in one of the core academic subjects.  Due to the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and for hiring purposes, it is advisable to verify subject matter competency in the subject(s) you plan to teach.  For  detailed information about these options click here.  For CSET test dates, online registration and more visit
      ECSE program applicants do not need to provide any type of subject matter verification
      Note: Official passing scores must be sent directly from Evaluation Systems to CSUN.  If you did not request the official scores to be sent to CSUN you will need to upload a copy to the online credential program application.  
    5. 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.
    6. Negative 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.
    7. Early Field Experience: You will need to upload verification of completion of 45 hours of field experience. Instructions and form can be found here  
    8. Statement of Objectives - Upload a 1-2 page essay addressing the following questions:
                                                                                   Why do you wish to become a teacher?
                                                                                   What will you contribute to the profession?
                                                                                   What do you plan to achieve as a teacher?
    9. Letters of Recommendations - You must upload two professional recommendations using the specific forms found here, must be uploaded with your application.  Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable
    10. Disposition Self-Reflection Form - Complete the Disposition form found here and upload with your application.
    11. Prerequisite Cultural Diversity Course - Your transcript will be evaluated for a course in cultural diversity.  If you have not met this requirement, you will be notified to enroll in one as part of your program.
    12. Program Interview - All program applicants are required to participate in an interview with a College of Education faculty member. You will be notified to schedule this interview after you have submitted your application packet
    13. Additional application requirements apply to the ACT and Intern pathways. The supplemental application to the ACT pathway can be found at Additional requirements needed for the Intern Pathway can be found at

    IMPORTANT!  All required documents, with the exception of transcripts, must be uploaded to the online application. Hard copies should not be mailed, faxed or emailed.


    Reapplication Process: Please read the following information regarding the reapplication process if you were previously admitted, denied or enrolled in a Credential Program at CSUN.

    Student Teaching Process: Please read the information regarding the student teaching process, including deadlines and eligibility requirements. 




    Due to scheduled maintenance, our Online Application will be unavailable this Friday, February 26th at 5:00pm until Monday, February 29th at 8:00am. During this time you will not be able to access the online application.