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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) & Advanced Credential Programs

Admissions Deadline

We are now accepting Fall 2017 applications for the Master of Arts in Education. All items must be submitted by 5pm PST on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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

How to Apply

Applying to the School of Education is a two-part process. Both must be received by the May 30th deadline. Part one of the application process is to apply to CSUSM through a system called CSU Mentor.  Part two of the application to the MAEd & Advanced Credentials Programs is the online Supplemental Application to the School of Education.

Part One: CSUSM Graduate Application – CSU Mentor

  1. Access the CSUSM Graduate Application through CSU Mentor at
  2. If this is your first time using CSU Mentor, follow the instructions to create an account. Otherwise, log in as a Returning User.
  3. Follow the screens to complete and submit the application. Be sure to select Fall 2017 as the term you intend to start the program.
  4. Submit the $55 application fee
  5. If needed, refer to our CSU Mentor Instructions sheet for step-by-step instructions.
  6. Once you successfully submit the application, you will receive an automated email confirmation from the CSU Mentor system. After CSUSM receives the electronic application, you will receive an additional confirmation email with a link to access the School of Education Supplemental Application. If you do not receive this confirmation email within 48 hours of submission, please email with the subject line: MA Application Assistance
NOTE: As there will be a brief delay before you receive the link to access the Supplemental Application, we strongly advise you to complete your CSU Mentor Application in advance of the May 30th deadline.

Part Two: School of Education Supplemental Application

  1. Before starting your Supplemental Application, have the following PDF files accessible as you’ll be asked to upload the documents in order to submit your application:
    a)  Unofficial Transcripts from institutions where you earned your Bachelors degree and credential
    b)  Credential Verification
    c)  Basic Skills Examination Score Sheet (CBEST, CSET or out of state Basic Skills Examination)
    d)  Statement of Purpose
    e)  Verification of Employment (For the MAEd – Educational Administration option)
    f)  Names and Email Addresses of those who’ve agreed to submit recommendations on your behalf
  2. Access the online Supplemental Application link located in the CSU Mentor submission confirmation email.
  3. Follow the steps to create an account to log into the system. Be sure to use the same email address used to create your CSU Mentor account. You will be sent an “Account Creation Confirmation” email to verify your email.
  4. Log into the system and follow the steps to complete your application. You may save and come back to your application as many times as needed. However, once you click the submit button, you may not go back to make edits so it is imperative that you double check all items before submission.
  5. After you submit the Supplemental Application, you will receive a confirmation email.
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.