Bilingual Authorization in Spanish & Chinese (with Teaching Credential) Admissions

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree must be posted before starting the program 
  • GPA: 2.67 overall or 2.75 in last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units 
  • Early Field Experience in a public classroom setting 
  • Fulfill Subject Matter Competency Requirement 
  • Fulfill Basic Skills Requirement 
  • Fulfill Second Language Requirement 

Application Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application 
  • Application fee $55.00 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report (international students only)

See Step 1 below for instructions.

  • Program application
  • Program application fee $25.00 (non-refundable) 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae 
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of three) 
  • Certificate of Clearance 
  • Negative TB test (must be valid at least 6 months at the time of program start)
  • Proof of Subject Matter Competency
  • Proof of Basic Skills Requirement 
  • Proof of Second Language Requirement

See Step 3a-3c below for instructions.


How to Apply

Download the program application forms:


Step 1: Application to Division of Graduate Studies 

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.

The application process takes multiple steps. The easiest way to apply is to download and carefully read the Multiple Subject Credential Program Admissions packet.

1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended.
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

Send the above documents to:
Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

Go to Domestic Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website


1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attende
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA

Go to International Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website


Step 2: Confirm Admission Status of University Application

After submitting your applications to the Division of Graduate Studies online through Cal State Apply you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


Step 3: Application to Elementary Education Department

You must also apply directly to the specified department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

Applicants must provide the following items:

  • Program application

    • Complete the Multiple Subject Credential Program Application Form found on page 14 of the Multiple Subject Credential Program Admissions packet

  • Fee

    • There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee for this application. This can be paid at the Bursar’s office prior to submitting the program application. The Bursar will stamp the payment slip included in the program application. If you cannot pay in person, a check or money order payable to SF State can be attached to the filled out fee slip. 

  • Transcripts

    • Submit one official set of sealed transcripts from every college or university attended. This is in addition to transcripts for the CSU Graduate application. You should collect all official transcripts and submit them with the application. SF State transcripts can be unofficial copies from MySFSU. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a state approved agency. Visit the CTC website for a list of agencies: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf. 

  • Statement of Purpose

    • Your statement of purpose should be typed, double-spaced and no longer than three pages. Describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the Multiple Subjects Credential program, your preparation for this field of study and why our program is a good fit for you. In addition, please consider the following questions: Why do you want to be a teacher? What experiences have prepared you to teach in a linguistically diverse, urban setting? What personal qualities do you possess and what experiences have you had that have prepared you to work in a collaborative environment? 

  • Letters of Rec

    • A minimum of three (3) letters is required. The Early Field Experience letter can count as one of the three letters. Letters should address the applicant’s character, aptitude for teaching, work ethic, or academic ability, etc. Additional letters will also be accepted to augment the application. Letters should be dated, on letterhead and have original signatures. Letters from relatives and letters more than five years old will not be accepted. Applicants should collect all letters and include them in their application. 

  • CV
    • Your resume should list your educational accomplishments, work experience and any pertinent volunteer service. 

Applicants must also submit proof of the following program requirements:

  • TB Test
    • TB test verification should be a photocopy of a note or card from a doctor. A negative skin test or a clear chest x-ray is acceptable. Verification should be valid for at least 6 months at program start date. The term of validity for negative TB is one year. The term of validity for chest x-ray is five years from the time taken. 

  • Subject Matter Competency
    • The Credential Program does not provide further preparation in a subject area. Knowledge of subject matter should be mastered before beginning a credential program. Passing the CSET Multiple Subject Subtests I, II, and III before the application deadline is required to enter the credential program. Those with only partial passing scores will not be admitted. Photocopies (“hard copies”) of all exam scores must be included with the Program Application. Scores sent to SF State by the testing company DO NOT reach us. For information and registration go to: www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. Each CSET Subtest scores are valid for five years. You must earn your credential before these tests expire.

  • Basic Skills

    • Choose one of the following options to fulfill this requirement. You cannot combine any of the options below:
      • CBEST (California Basic Skills Examination) Submit a photocopy of the results. For information and registration go to: www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.
      • Out-of-State Basic Skills Exam. Submit a photocopy of the results. Not all states’ Basic Skills Exams have been approved by the CTC. Contact the Credential Services Center to find out if the test you took is approved. For more information on specific tests, contact the appropriate Department of Education for the state in which the test is given.
      • CSET: Multiple Subjects plus Writing Skills. You must pass the Writing Skills test AND all three Multiple Subject subtests to fulfill the Basic Skills requirement. Submit a photocopy of the results. For information and registration go to: www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.
      • CSU EAP Placement Tests (Early Assessment Program). This test is given to California high school students only. This is usually taken in the spring of your 11th grade year. Results must show College Ready OR Exempt. . Submit a photocopy of the results.
      • CSU ELM & EPT (Entry Level Math & English Placement Test). These tests are taken by incoming CSU freshmen. ELM passing results: 50 (550 prior to March 2003) EPT passing results: 151. Submit a photocopy of the results or a printout from MySFSU or similar CSU student system. Results must show a score on both ELM and EPT.
  • Second Language
    • Show verification of experience learning a second language. See Page 6 of the Multiple Subject Credential Program General Information packet for fulfillment options. 

  • Certificate of Clearance
    • In accordance with California state law and Education code, all teaching credential applicants must go through a background check. All applicants must apply for a Certificate of Clearance with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) OR submit proof of prior completion of the clearance. Acceptable documentation in lieu of a Certificate of Clearance: Valid credentials or permits issued by the CTC, including emergency 30-day, pre-intern, clear or preliminary, or Child Development permits. District or other job related clearance is not acceptable. Submit a print-out from the CTC website. For instructions on applying for the Certificate of Clearance see Page 7 of the Multiple Subject Credential Program Admissions packet. 

  • Field Experience
    • Applicants must demonstrate that they have fulfilled a minimum requirement of 45 hours of Early Field Experience prior to applying to the Multiple Subject Credential Program. This Early Field Experience requirement can be met by volunteering, substitute teaching, or working as a paraprofessional in a Multiple Subject, general education classroom in a California public school. See pages 2-3 of the Multiple Subject Credential Program Admissions packet for more details, and page 16 for the Documentation of Early Field Experience form.

Submit all of the above documents to the Credential Services Center.

For more details refer to the Multiple Subject Credential Program Admissions packet.

Send to:
Attn: Credential Admissions - MSP
San Francisco State University
Credential and Graduate Services Center
1600 Holloway Ave., BH 244
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158


Step 4: Confirm Status of Application

Faculty will interview applicants with complete applications who meet minimum qualifications and program expectations. If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified by mail 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision 2 to 3 weeks after the interview. There will be a mandatory orientation in May for applicants who are recommended admission for Fall and the first week of January for those who are recommended admission for Spring. 


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact Credential and Graduate Services at 415-405-3594 or credinfo@sfsu.edu