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CSET I-III Waiver Information

The CSUSM Liberal Studies Elementary Subject Matter Option B.A. is now a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program.

Students who finish all degree requirements for the CSUSM LBST B.A., earn a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, and graduate may utilize their coursework to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Multiple Subject or Concurrent Multiple Subject/Education Specialist Credential Programs instead of taking the Multiple Subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) I-III.  Note: Non-CSUSM students are not eligible to apply for this waiver.

How to Request an Elementary Subject Matter CSET I-III Waiver Evaluation

Eligibility: To be considered for a CSET I-III waiver evaluation, students must complete all degree requirements for the CSUSM Liberal Studies ESM Option B.A. and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher in their coursework.

Recommended Time Frame for Request if you are a current student: Currently matriculated CSUSM Liberal Studies B.A. students are instructed to submit their evaluation request upon completion of their next to the last semester of their B.A. (For example, if you plan to finish all degree requirements in Spring 2020, submit your application for evaluation by the end of Fall 2019.)

If a request is submitted too early and too many required courses are still pending/incomplete the request will be withdrawn and the student will need to submit another request at a later time.

Following submission of the request form, the student’s cumulative GPA will be evaluated and if the GPA meets the 2.67 or higher standard, the applicant will receive an email from the Liberal Studies Department verifying preliminary eligibility.  Students who are not on track will also receive an email.  The purpose of the preliminary check is to let students know whether or not they are on track to earn the waiver. If the student is found not to have met the GPA requirement, then by default they are on track to need to take CSET I-III.  Upon completion of all degree requirements, the GPA for all student applicants will be reevaluated and if a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher has been maintained or achieved, the student will receive a waiver verification letter signed by the CSUSM Chair of Liberal Studies and the CSUSM School of Education Credential Analyst.

If you have already graduated with 2004 or later catalog rights and meet the minimum GPA of 2.67 or higher requirement, submit your evaluation request at any time. 

  • Are you pursuing a teaching credential at another university? Please check with that university to make sure they will accept CSUSM’s CSET I-III waiver.  Per the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, It is required that all credential programs accept our CSET waiver.
  • The CBEST exam is still required for application to a credential program, even if you receive a CSET waiver.
  • Are You Pursuing Bilingual Authorization?The CSET requirements for a Bilingual Authorization are separate.  This authorization is optional and students are still required to complete any CSETs required for that.
  • Not Pursuing a Credential? If a student is not planning to apply to a Multiple Subject or Concurrent Multiple Subject Education Specialist Credential Program, there is no need to apply for a Subject Matter Evaluation or Waiver.
  • NOTE:  Our CSET I-III Waiver is not a single subject matter waiver. 

CSET I-III Waiver Request Application 

You will receive additional information within 2-3 weeks.