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Priority Admission Deadline for Fall 2014 Cohort: January 17, 2014.
Applications and associated documents to complete your packet are only viable forone year from the date the application is submitted.  Due to the Extended Learning rolling admissions process, qualified candidates may be notified at any time prior to Fall 2014. 

DO NOT apply to the University (through CSU Mentor) at this time. Please apply directly through Extended Learning.

CSD Program Application

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $105 program application fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment. 

Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $250 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance.This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

Once you have completed the application, the additional requirements are as follows:

  1. One set of official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges or universities attended;
  2. Proof of completion of Basic Skills Requirement (click here for more information);
  3. Scores reports (if needed for Basic Skills Requirement);
  4. Completed Prerequisite Checklist indicating which classes were taken to fulfill the requirements (subject to verification)
    Prerequisite Checklist
  5. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement (see more details on Program Requirements page);
  6. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. One letter should be from an academic source and one should be from a professional source (Letters must be specific to the CSD program and must indicate whether it is an academic or professional recommendations)
         *Letters of Recommendation must be submitted using the CSD Recommendation Form

    Recommendation Form

  7. Proof of Certificate of Clearance (click here for FAQ on Certificate of Clearance)
  8. Personal Essay prompt: Based upon previous learning, describe the specific steps involved in the diagnostic process.*
                        • Must Be One Page
                        • Times New Roman, 12 PT Font  
                        • Double Space
           *Your writing prompt will judged according to the University Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). To view this rubric click here.  

Ideally all materials and documents should be submitted together, as one packet.  All documents detailed above must be submitted directly to the CSUSM Extended Learning office:

CSUSM Extended Learning
Attn: CSD
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Specific to those who attended multiple colleges and universities, please note:  For your initial evaluation please compile all official, hard copy transcripts from each college and university attended in one single package.  This prevents any delay of the evaluation/admissions process.  It is preferred that all transcripts are collected and mailed together in one single package.  Please ensure that all official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges and universities attended have been sent directly from the institution to the student's home address.  Once you receive all official, hard copy transcripts, please mail them to Extended Learning at the address listed above.  Please do not open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial".

Important Notes:
Do not apply to the University; please apply directly to the School of Education through Extended Learning (as noted above). Applicants must be available for live interviews and must be reachable in some way for acceptance notification.  Applicants notified must accept or decline as indicated in their acceptance letter. If no response is received by the stated deadline, the seat will be given to the next person on the wait list.

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.  In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please click here to obtain the list of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

International students, please note: With a part-time RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

Provided below are the CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:

Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based (iBT)
Undergraduate 500 173 61
Graduate 550 213 80