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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I have my official CBEST scores sent?
Do I need to take the GRE and the CBEST?
How do I get my Certificate of Clearance?
If I'm an out-of-state applicant, how do I obtain my Certificate of Clearance and fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement?
How do I know that my application was properly received?
Do all of the required documents have to be mailed to your office?
How do I confirm that my additional required documents were received besides the Application?
If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?
Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM if I'm an international student?
How do I request Financial Aid?
What happens if my official CBEST scores were sent to different department at CSUSM?
Why is it that can I not apply via CSU Mentor?
What are the times/dates of the classes?

Where do I have my official CBEST scores sent?

In recent weeks we have been notified by the School of Education at CSUSM and Pearson Education of a critical change concerning official CBEST scores. As of the 2012-2013 academic year, Pearson Education will no longer issue official prints with tear cards of an applicant’s score report. Official score reports will now be sent as a .PDF attachment to the email address you provided to Pearson Education when requesting a copy of your CBEST scores.

Existing copied CBEST score reports that have been sent in recent weeks will act as a placeholder for the Basic Skills requirement. You may disregard this if you have already submitted an official CBEST tear card.

Instructions on sending your scores to Extended Learning via e-mail:

Please forward your original e-mail from Pearson Education with the attached PDF of your CBEST scores to the following address:
el@csusm.edu

Since Extended Learning does not have access to other departments' records, applicants will need to submit official scores to Extended Learning even if scores were previously submitted to the University for a different program.

Do I need to take the GRE and the CBEST?

No. The GRE is not a program requirement. The CBEST is not requirement for the program, but can be used to meet the Basic Skills Requirement.

How do I get my Certificate of Clearance?

For information on how to receive your Certificate of Clearance, please select one of the following links:

Applying for your Certificate of Clearance online
Applying for your Certificate of Clearance by mail
    *ONLY for applicants that respond "yes" to any of the professional fitness questions.

Please do not send your receipt to Extended Learning, you must send the actual document. For instructions on how to check the status and print your Certificate of Clearance click here.

If I'm an out-of-sate applicant, how do I obtain my Certificate of Clearance and fulfill the Basic Skills Requirement?

Out-of-state applicants, please click here.

How do I know that my application was properly received?

Once we have received your application, an email (listing any additional requirements) will be sent to your email address that was listed on the submitted application.

Do all of the required documents have to be mailed to your office?

No, not all of the required documents have to be mailed to our office. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to the advisor as long as they are emailed from the person recommending the applicant and contains their signature and contact information. Please see the advising page for the advisor's contact information. 

How do I confirm that my additional required documents were received besides the application?

You can contact Extended Learning at (760) 750-4020 and inquire.

If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?

Please submit all official transcripts of all colleges and universities you have attended or are currently attending, with the exception of the CSUSM transcript.

Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM if I'm an international student?

All program requirements and correspondence are handled directly at Extended Learning Student Services; all contact information can be found on the "Contact Us" link.

How do I request Financial Aid?

Please go to the "Student Services" link and scroll down to the "Financial Aid and Scholarships" section for information. You can visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship office or call (760) 750-4850 with any questions. At the time of your application, we advise that you complete your FAFSA application.

What happens if my official CBEST scores were sent to a different CSUSM department?

If your CBEST scores were sent to a different department at CSUSM, you will need to resubmit your scores to Extended Learning. Unfortunately, Extended Learning does not have access to other departments' files.

Why is it that I cannot apply via CSU Mentor?

CSU Mentor will be accessible to those applicants that have been formally admitted into the program; we will inform you of when and how to do so at the time.

What are the times/dates of the classes?

The times and dates of the classes will be distributed to admitted students.