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Post-baccalaureate Certificate and Credential Programs

Post-baccalaureate Certificate Programs

CSULB offers a number of programs leading to the award of a post-baccalaureate certificate. Some certificates must be pursued concurrently while pursuing a degree. Select programs can be pursued independently as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the University catalog for a list of available certificate programs and details.

Certificate programs typically require completion of 24 to 27 units of course work and emphasize the practical application of knowledge. When the certificate is pursued concurrently with a Master’s degree, there may be an opportunity for courses to apply to both the degree and certificate programs, if the program permits, but such overlap may not exceed 15 units. Consult with your academic department for details.

Obtaining your Certificate

Visit MyCSULB to apply for graduation and pay the Graduation Application fee online no later than the deadline for your graduation term (see below). Current fees are listed in the University catalog.

Graduation Term Deadline Application Window
Fall Preceding March 1 November 1 - March 1
Winter Preceding March 1 November 1 - March 1
Spring Preceding October 15 March 15 - October 15
Summer Preceding October 15 March 15 - October 15

If you miss the deadline dates listed above, you must file an Application for Graduation (Special Considerations Only) form, with Enrollment Services and pay an additional $10 missed deadline fee. Please contact Enrollment Services (BH-101) for more information regarding deadlines.

The evaluation of your record begins about 3 weeks after your final semester. All items that affect your certificate, such as transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, petitions, waivers, etc., must be received prior to the last day of your final semester.

After the Enrollment Services’ review, you will be notified via email as to the status of your certificate. If you completed all requirements, you will receive an email notification when your certificate is available or, upon request, your certificate will be mailed to you. The award of a certificate will be noted on your transcript.

Post-baccalaureate Credential Programs

Public school teaching and service credentials in the State of California are regulated by the State Legislature and administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The following CSULB credential programs have been designed to meet current state requirements administered by the CCTC and are frequently reviewed and updated:

Basic Teaching Credentials:

  • Single Subject credential
  • Multiple Subject credential
  • Education Specialist Credential

The Single Subject credential allows you to teach a specified subject at any grade level-preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12 or adult. However, most teachers with a Single Subject credential teach classes in middle, junior high or senior high schools. CSULB offers CCTC-approved subject matter programs in Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English, Geosciences, Health Science, Languages Other than English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, and Social Science.

The Multiple Subjects credential allows you to teach all subjects at all grade levels. Most teachers with a Multiple Subjects credential usually teach in elementary school. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates for the Multiple Subject Credential must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET: Multiple Subjects) as a condition of entry to the program. With additional course work, students in the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program may earn a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, or Vietnamese.

The Education Specialist Credential authorizes a candidate to teach in a special education assignment with students with special needs. This K-12 credential certifies individuals to work as a special day class teacher, inclusion support teacher or resource specialist. In addition to completing a sequence of professional preparation courses and student teaching, candidates must demonstrate subject matter competence by passing all three sub-tests of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects, or the appropriate CSET exam in Math, Science, or Language Arts as a condition of entry to the program.

Other Credentials:

  • Service credentials
  • Specialist Credential

Service credential programs are available in the following areas: Preliminary Administrative Services, Professional Administrative Services, Teacher Librarian Services, School Counseling, and School Psychology. Both the Preliminary Administrative Services and the Teacher Librarian Services credentials require a valid basic teaching credential. (Note: Adapted Physical Education, Speech-Language Pathology Services, and School Social Work, Child Welfare and Attendance credentials are also available at CSULB. Refer to the College of Health and Human Services section of this catalog.)

Refer to the appropriate College of Education academic department for information about general credential requirements, completion requirements, regulations, pending changes and new legislation.