College of Education

Department of Education and Leadership

Admission Requirements

  • All of our applicants must have been awarded a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The transcript from the college where you received your bachelor's degree will note your degree and the date you received it.

    Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree earned

    **A Foreign Transcript Evaluation must be completed when the degree was obtained outside the United States. This process requires a fee and may take several weeks in order to verify that the degree is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the United States. For credential program applicants, it is important to use one of the vendors named below. These vendors are approved by both CSUMB and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

  • Applicants must demonstrate Basic Education Skills. This requirement may be met by any one of the following options:

    • qualifying scores on SAT, ACT, ELM and EPT or EAP CSU placement exams (If you have taken any of these exams, please review the CTC’s Basic Skills Requirement flier to see if your scores qualify.)
    • qualifying coursework in the following areas:
      • For reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
      • For writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
      • For mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
    1. Evidence of Academic Writing Skills through either:
      1. Proof of passing CBEST Writing Score OR
      2. Example of Academic Writing (e.g., Research Paper from Undergraduate with Citations)
    2. Applicants will be required to respond to an essay prompt in the CalStateAPPLY online application. The essay will then be uploaded to the application.
  • a) Recent course (in the past 5 years)

    b) Passing grade of B- or above


    Examples include: STATS 100: Intro to Statistics, MATH 13: Elementary Statistics, and PSY 2: Intro to Psy Stats

  • You must have a Certificate of Clearance, issued by the State of California, or one of several California credentials. To apply for the Certificate of Clearance, download the checklist online. It contains directions for the Certificate of Clearance application and fingerprint form and a list of agencies that perform the livescan service. Note that the required FBI and DOJ review usually incurs additional fees. If you have been convicted of any violation other than a minor traffic offense, clearance may take two months. A criminal record may preclude you from getting clearance

  • Prior to field placement, all students are required to document negative results on a test for Tuberculosis done in the last four years. Most local clinics and doctor’s offices will perform the test. The Tuberculosis skin test (also known as the tuberculin test or PPD test) requires one visit to receive the injection, then a second visit 48‐72 hours later to examine the tested area. In rare instances, a test is inconclusive or shows signs of TB; this requires a chest x‐ray for more accurate information.

    These are acceptable forms of documentation:

    • copy of official shot record showing PPD/Tuberculosis testing and negative results
    • copy of PPD/Tuberculosis results form (frequently includes a diagram of the arm and injection site) from a health care facility
    • chest x‐ray form from a health care facility verifying negative results

    Please note that any document you submit should clearly indicate your name, the name of your doctor or health care facility, and the dates, method, and results of the test.

  • Prior to field placement, all students are required to document certification in First Aid for Children through Adults to include CPR. Here are some ways to become certified:

    Complete training online. CSUMB offers a free, online CPR course through the Police Department:

    Or sign up for and pass a course offered by the American Red Cross. Courses availability is listed online at Be sure to enter your zip code and click “Go”.

    Other approved online CPR Certification programs can be found at,,,,, Make sure to get certified for Adult/Infant/Child (Adult/Pediatric).

    These are acceptable forms of documentation:

    Valid certification card provided by the American Red Cross (or other authorized trainer) or valid certification card or print out provided by an online authorized trainer.

    If you are uncertain whether a course meets this requirement, please first check with our credentials analyst, Christy Hanselka (formerly Jordan), via phone (831-582-3638) or email (

  • Three letters of reference forms from individuals who can attest to your interests, potential, activities, and accomplishments relating to pursuing a school psychology credential.

  • Answer the questions below and attach a double-spaced, typewritten essay of approximately 500 words.

    What experiences have led you to School Psychology as a career?  What draws you to the School Psychology program at CSUMB?