Our application and admission process is committed to evaluating applications holistically based on a student’s ability to successfully undertake the rigors of graduate study and contribute meaningfully to our classroom conversations and academic community.
Students who wish to apply to the credential programs must meet the following broad admission requirements.
- A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a U.S. college or university.
- Possess a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet this minimum and feel that your GPA is not an indicator of your potential to succeed in our program, we still encourage you to submit an application and provide a brief statement explaining the circumstances that affected your GPA. This statement can be included as part of the online application.
Application requirements differ by credential and master’s degree pursued; however, an academic advisement appointment is required for all applicants BEFORE an application can be reviewed. Please refer to each of the credential program’s sites for specific information on application requirements.
Credential Programs Application Requirements
Preliminary Multiple Subject Application Requirements
The Multiple Subject Credential program prepares students to teach all subject areas at the Elementary level (TK-6th).
Preliminary Single Subject Application Requirements
The Single Subject Credential program prepares students to teach at the Secondary level (6th-12th) or teach one subject matter across all levels (TK-12).
Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Application Requirements
The Special Education Credential in Mild to Moderate Disabilities prepares students to become licensed special education teachers in the state of California.
Special Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Application Requirements
The Special Education Credential in Deaf and Hard of Hearing prepares students to provide educational instruction to children with hearing loss and their families.
Induction Program to Clear Credential Application Requirements
For current teachers who wish to clear their preliminary multiple subject, single subject, or special education credential.
Programs for Experienced Teachers Application Requirements
Instructional Leadership Application Requirements
The Instructional Leadership (IL) program prepares educators to become leaders on campus by cultivating their pedagogical and curriculum-development skills.
Individually Designed Program Application Requirements
The Individually Designed Program (IDP) affords teachers the flexibility to tailor their coursework to the needs and interests of students and their schools.
*The Preliminary and Induction Teacher Preparation Programs meet the standards for and have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), leading to a California Preliminary or Clear Teaching Credential. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California will have additional licensing requirements to complete prior to practicing in a state outside of California. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states. Contact the Education department at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain a teaching credential in a state outside of California.