Admission to the Credential Program

On-line Application:

  • Students seeking a credential program at Cal Poly must apply as post-baccalaureate student at There is a $55 admission fee. The admission application deadlines are:
    • Fall Quarter- April 1 Deadline

    • Winter Quarter- No New Admissions in Mathematics this Quarter

    • Spring Quarter - No New Admissions in Mathematics this Quarter

Send the following to the Admissions Office by the deadline:

  • One official transcript from all colleges/universities attended. Mathematics students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on their last 90-quarter units or 2.67 in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework attempted.

Send the following to the School of Education by the deadline:

  • Evidence of having taken the CBEST. Go to for more information about the test. Students must pass this test before starting the credential classes.
  • Evidence of having applied for a Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints). Students can obtain this certificate at the Cal Poly Police Department or at a County Office of Education.

Send two letters of recommendation to:

  • Professor Elsa Medina
    Mathematics Department
    Cal Poly State University
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0403

Professor Medina will contact you to schedule an admissions interview with the Mathematics Department Credential Screening Committee. The main focus of this interview is to determine professional aptitude and completion of the subject matter competency and early field experience requirements. You should review potential interview questions found in the Professional Aptitude Interview (PAI) Packet prior to your interview.

Students accepted to the University will have to complete STEP I requirements and submit the corresponding documents to the School of Education by the Monday of week 4 of their first quarter in the program. You can find out more information about STEP I under Procedures and Requirements.