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MAEd & Advanced Credentials, Authorizations, & Certificates


CSUSM Graduate Application (Cal State Apply)

All applicants to the MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must complete a graduate application to California State University San Marcos in order to be considered for admission. The Cal State Apply application can be accessed online. Visit our How To Apply page for further information. The Cal State Apply application fee is $55.00.

School of Education Supplemental Application

All applicants to the MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must complete a School of Education Supplemental Application in addition to the CSUSM Graduate Application in order to be considered for admission.

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Transcripts

All applicants to the MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must submit official transcripts in order to be considered for admissions. You will not need to submit transcripts from CSUSM.

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Initial (Basic) Teaching Credential

All applicants to MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must have an initial teaching credential in order to be considered for admission. The MAEd General option allows exceptions to this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with an Initial Teaching Credential from outside of the State of California will be required to furnish proof of the credential, and will be required to meet California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) standards.

Basic Skills

All applicants to MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must meet the Basic Skills Requirement outlined in California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations. Applicants have several options for meeting the requirement. Many applicants will have met this requirement as a part of the Initial (Basic) Teacher Credential.

  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) - Multiple Subject, including Subtest IV: Writing
  • California State University (CSU ELM/EPT) Placement Tests
  • Basic Skills Examination From Another State

The MAEd General option allows exceptions to this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Complete details related to each of these options is available on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants to MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must submit current (within one year) letters of recommendation, preferably on official letterhead, from faculty or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s personal qualities, qualifications, and potential in order to be considered for admission. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit one letter from a public school teacher or administrator.

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Statement of Purpose

All applicants to the MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must submit a Statement of Purpose. Applicants are encouraged to detail interest in the program and how it fulfills career and educational objectives (Please see Program Specific Statement of Purpose Requirements).

Interview With Writing Exercise

All qualified applicants will be required to participate in an interview the faculty responsible for admissions to the applicable program. The interview process may include an individual interview, a group interview, and on-site submission of a writing sample from prompt.  Interview panels include program coordinators, faculty, public school teachers, and public school administrators. Applicants are notified by mail or email to make arrangements for the interview after the application deadline.

Specific Program Admission Requirements

Educational Administration

Three (3) Year Employment Verification
Applicants to the Educational Administration master's degree option AND/OR Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program must demonstrate professional experience in the field of Education:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of successful, full-time classroom teaching experience in public schools/private schools of equivalent status; OR
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience appropriate to the services/teaching credential (such as school counselor, school, psychologist, school nurse or school librarian); OR
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience with an appropriate designated subjects credential.

Statement of Purpose
Applicants to the Educational Administration master’s degree option AND/OR Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program must submit a Statement of Purpose based on one of the following prompts:

1.  Describe the leadership skills have you developed prior to the Educational Administration program and what you hope to learn over the next two years as a practicing leader.

OR

2.  When you reflect on your current role in the workplace, describe how you are supporting educational equity and how you hope to expand that goal as a future leader.

The Statement of Purpose will be judged according to the University's Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Please visit our website for further information related to GWAR online.

Co-Requisite Five (5) Year Employment Verification
Candidates in the Educational Administration master's degree option AND/OR Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program must demonstrate the following professional experience in the field of Education prior to the recommendation of the credential:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of successful, full-time classroom teaching experience in public schools/private schools of equivalent status; OR
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience appropriate to the services/teaching credential (such as school counselor, school, psychologist, school nurse or school librarian); OR
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience with an appropriate designated subjects credential.
Application Deadlines:
Initial Credential Programs

Admissions for Fall 2018 will open January 15, 2018

MAEd & Advanced Credentials

Admissions for Fall 2018 will open January 15, 2018

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Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential.  Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.  Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. 

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from:
CEHHS Student Services
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA  92096-0001
760-750-4277

All applicants to the MAEd & Advanced Credential Programs must meet specific admission requirements.