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Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Application procedures must be completed by the appropriate application deadline date:

  • Fall - June 30
  • Spring - October 30
  • Summer - March 30

The applicant should forward the following to:

The Graduate Division
Mount Saint Mary’s University
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007-2598

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Graduate Education Programs: Admissions Requirement Checklist

Preliminary Credential Programs/Masters

(Includes Multiple Subjects, Single Subject, and Education Specialist Credentials)

  • Interview with the program director by calling 213.477.2620
  • Application (completed online), including statement of interest/application essay
  • Application fee or waiver ($50)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (sent directly from the college/institution to Graduate Admissions MSMU)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of TB test results (within last 2 years)
  • CBEST Scores: Original Passing score report (student must submit)
  • CSET Scores* (one subtest score report, does NOT need to be a passing score, copy ok)
  • Confirmation email of application for Certificate of Clearance with confirmation number listed
  • Signed Candidate Dispositions Statement (receive at interview)

Instructional Leadership or Individually Designed Masters (IDP)

  • Interview with the program director by calling 213.477.2620
  • Application (completed online), including statement of interest/application essay
  • Application fee or waiver
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (sent directly from the college/institution to Graduate Admissions MSMU)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • CSET score report* (one subtest score report, does NOT need to be a passing score, copy ok)
  • Passing CBEST score report (copy ok)
  • Verification of Experience and Employment form - two years teaching experience (see form; for Instructional Leadership Masters only)
  • Signed Candidate Dispositions Statement (receive at interview)

Clear Credential Program in conjunction with Masters Degree also requires:

  • Copy of Current Teaching Credential (with date of issuance)
  • Principal Form (sign by Principal, all lines checked off) - Counts as one letter of recommendation
  • Verification of Unavailability form

Certificate in Instructional Leadership Program application requires all items listed directly above for the Instructional Leadership Masters Program except for the following:

  • CSET Scores* not needed
  • Only one letter of recommendation needed

Clear Credential Program ONLY

  • Interview with the program director by calling 213.477.2620
  • Application (completed online), including statement of interest/application essay
  • Application fee or waiver
  • Official transcripts from institution granting Bachelor's Degree (sent directly from the college/institution to Graduate Admissions MSMU)
  • Copy of Current Teaching Credential (with date of issuance)
  • Principal Form (signed by Principal, all lines checked off) is accepted as a letter of recommendation (receive at interview)
  • Verification of Unavailability form (receive at interview)
  • Signed Candidate Dispositions Statement (receive at interview)
  • Academic Petition to waive pre-selected requirements

Education Specialist Level II ONLY:

  • Interview with the program director by calling 213.477.2620
  • Application (completed online), including statement of interest/application essay
  • Application fee or waiver
  • Official transcripts from institution granting Bachelor's Degree (sent directly from the college/institution to Graduate Admissions MSMU)
  • Copy of Current Teaching Credential (with date of issuance)
  • Signed Candidate Dispositions Statement (receive at interview)
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Note: You must personally send a copy of your score report to MSMU; the one you request to be sent through the testing agency will not suffice.

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. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.