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Major Specific Admission Requirements for Transfer:
College of Education

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions for eligibility and application details. To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details.

These criteria will be used for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 admission consideration. Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered "local" based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE: For Fall term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Spring term. For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Transfer AA/AS degree recipients: The Transfer AA/AS degree curriculum is used in lieu of the specific course requirements listed. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied to the major specific minimum GPA and to any GPA used in the ranking of applicants. See Transfer AA/AS degree for additional requirements.

Major Specific Criteria


To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.6

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • HIST 172 – Early United States History
    • POSC 100 – Introduction to American Government
    • Complete one of the following courses: CWL 100 Introduction to World Literature; ENGL 180 Appreciation of Literature; ENGL 250A Survey of English Literature; ENGL 250B Survey of English Literature; ENGL 270A Survey of American Literature; ENGL 270B Survey of American Literature; or ENGL 375 American Ethnic Writers
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics (MTED recommended)

Explore the Liberal Studies Department for more information on this major.