Credential Programs

Become a Teacher and Equip Students for Success

Cal Poly Pomona's post-baccluarate credential program will prepare you for the challenges met in the classroom and assist you to become teacher leaders at your school and in the community. Our programs are fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meet all state teacher preparation standards and Teaching Performance Expectations.

At Cal Poly Pomona, earning a teaching credential requires these six basic steps:

1) Initial CSU Graduate Application
2) Prerequisite Courses 
3) Application to the Credential Program
4) Core Classes 
5) Clinical Practice
6) Credential Reccomendation and other required certifications submitted

Once all steps have been completed, students will have completed the California State Requirements to earn a teaching credential. 

Note: the university will transition to a semester-based academic year in fall of 2018. At this time the prerequisite courses will be absorbed into the program. Visit the Semester Conversion website to learn more about the timeline.

Initial Credential Programs

Multiple Subject

(Elementary Teacher)

Single Subject

(Middle School or High School Teacher)

Education Specialist

(Special Education Teacher)

The Multiple Subject Credential program prepares teachers to be effective in self-contained classroom environments. 

The Single Subject Credential prepares teachers to be experts in a single subject, teaching it at the jr. high or high school level.

The Education Specialist Credential prepares teachers to facilitate  learning in adaptable ways in a variety of settings.


Added Authorizations, Specialist Instruction, and Advanced Credentials

Administrative Services Credentials - School Leaders (Principals, District Office Personnel, Teacher Leader)

Adapted Physical Education (APE) - Added Authorization

Agriculture Specialist- Special Instruction

Bilingual - Added Authorization (In Spanish or Chinese)

Reading Certificate — Added Authorization