In accordance with AB 130, signed into law in July 2021, students who graduate with
a major in Liberal Studies satisfy the subject matter competence (SMC) requirement
for Multiple Subject (this is required for applying to a Multiple Subject Credential
Program). This means that students who graduate with a Liberal Studies B.A., both
ESM and ITEP, do not have to take the Multiple Subject CSET I-III examinations.
Please note that the minimum GPA required for admission to a Credential Program is 2.5.
The minimum GPA required to graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Studies is 2.0 (all classes must be passed with a grade of C or better).
In addition, the CSUSM Liberal Studies B.A. (Elementary Subject Matter and Integrated
Teacher Education Program Options) is approved as a CSET I-III Waiver Program by the
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This means that the coursework was
thoroughly reviewed and approved by California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.
Earning the Waiver demonstrates that students achieved a high level of competence
in their coursework preparing them for K-8 teaching.
In order to earn the Waiver students must finish all degree requirements for either of these two LBST Options with an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher, and graduate. Current students as well as alumni with 2004 and later catalog rights (ESM and ICP Options) are eligible to apply for the Waiver. Note: Non-CSUSM students and CSUSM students with catalog rights prior to 2004 are not eligible to apply for this Waiver.
Eligibility: To be considered for a CSET I-III waiver evaluation, students must complete all degree requirements for the CSUSM Liberal Studies ESM Option B.A. or the ITEP Option B.A. (or the ICP Option B.A) and earn an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in their coursework.
Recommended Time Frame for Request if you have already graduated: If you have graduated with 2004 or later catalog rights and meet eligibility requirements, submit your evaluation request at any time.
Recommended Time Frame for Request if you are a current student: If you are a currently matriculated CSUSM Liberal Studies B.A. student, submit your evaluation request upon completion of your next to the last semester of your B.A. (For example, if you plan to finish all degree requirements in Spring 2020, submit your application for evaluation by the end of Fall 2019.)
If a request is submitted too early and too many required courses are still pending/incomplete the request will be withdrawn and the student will need to submit another request at a later time.
Following submission of the request form, the student’s overall GPA will be evaluated and if it is 2.67 or higher, the applicant will receive an email from the Liberal Studies Department verifying preliminary eligibility for the waiver. If the overall GPA is 2.66 or below, the student will receive an email indicating that they are not on track to receive the waiver. Upon completion of all degree requirements, the GPA for all applicants will be reevaluated and if an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher has been maintained or achieved, the student will receive a waiver verification letter signed by the CSUSM Chair of Liberal Studies and the CSUSM School of Education Credential Analyst.
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