Credential Programs

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Alert

 A summary of the changes can be found at this link.

Credential candidates who entered a program prior to July 1, 2022, must complete their credential requirements no later than the sunset date of July 1, 2026. Any candidate who does not complete their MM or MS credential requirements by this date will be held to the new credential requirements which include new Teacher Performance Expectations, additional coursework, and passing the CalTPAs.

Additional information on the Education Specialist credential changes may be found at this link.

Prerequisites

  • Basic Skills Test (CBEST or CSET Writing)
  • CSET Exam (or subject matter program)
  • Early Field Experience verification (see Program Application Packet)
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • Negative TB test verification
  • Program Admissions Packet submitted
  • Letter of admission to the program
  • Attend a virtual orientation session
  • Any candidate who does not complete their MM or MS credential requirements by this date will be held to the new credential requirements which include new Teacher Performance Expectations, additional coursework, and passing the CalTPAs.  

Foundation Courses

Candidates must be formally admitted to the credential program or be a junior or senior at Cal Poly Pomona before they can take these courses.

  • EDU 5010  - Foundations of Teaching & Learning ( 3 units)
  • EDU 5020  - Foundation of Education in a Diverse Society ( 3 units)
  • EDU 5302  - Educating Students with Disabilities in Diverse Settings ( 3 units)
  • EDU 5100  - Introduction to Literacy Instruction ( 3 units)

Pathways

Students can complete the program in three or four semesters depending on the pathway they choose: 

Additional Requirements

Credential candidates must also:  

  • Pass the RICA 
  • Have a valid (current) Infant, Child, Adult CPR certification 
  • Have verification completion of the U.S. Constitution requirement if not a CSU graduate
  • Complete the CSU Exit Survey (disseminated during clinical practice) 

Combined Education Specialist Credential & Master’s Requirements