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Initial Teaching Credential Programs Admissions

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants to Initial Teaching Credential Programs must complete three prerequisite courses in order to be eligible for admission and enrollment. However, the courses can be in progress at the time of application.

EDUC 350  Foundations of Teaching as a Profession
This course serves as an orientation to careers in education.  During this course, students participate in 45 hours of supervised fieldwork assignments in public classroom settings.

EDUC 364  The Role of Cultural Diversity in Schooling
Principles of first and second language acquisition (e.g., historical and current theories, psychology, sociocultural, political, and pedagogical factors) and issues related to notions of culture, interaction, and communication in school and community contexts (e.g., the nature of culture, manifestations of cultural contact, and cultural diversity in the United States and in California) within a theoretical and applied context.

EDUC 422  Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning
Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to apply education oriented productivity tools, graphic organizers, database and spreadsheets, presentation tools, school-appropriate multimedia tools, and communication tools.

Course Equivalency & Substitution
The School of Education does not maintain a list of equivalencies for credential program prerequisite coursework taken at other institutions.  Applicants and prospective students are encouraged to complete the course substitution procedure PRIOR to taking any courses outside of CSUSM to make sure the courses will be accepted as equivalent prerequisites.

Please follow the procedure below to petition for prerequisite coursework substitutions.

  1. Complete applicable form:
    a.  To substitute a course for EDUC 350, 364 or a co-requisite course [health education, constitution], complete and submit the Course Waiver Form
  2. Gather supporting documents
    a.  Copy of course description and syllabus.  Course must be less than five (5) years old.
    b.  Copy of transcript (unofficial) showing successful completion of course (at least a grade of C+)
  3. Submit form and supporting documents to:

    CEHHS Student Services
    Attn: Course Equivalency & Substitution, School of Education
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
    San Marcos, CA 92069

Time Limits
Prerequisite coursework must be completed within certain time limits according to the following standards.

  • Completed at CSUSM: course must have been completed within seven (7) years prior to beginning the program
  • Completed at another college or university:  course must have been completed within five (5) years prior to beginning the program

Fall 2017 Cycle Application Deadlines:
Initial Credential Programs
Fall 2017 Admissions is now open from January 15 - March 15, 2017.

MAEd & Advanced Credentials
Fall 2017 Admissions is now open from January 15 - May 30, 2017.