Welcome to the Credential programs of the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino!  We are glad you have chosen to pursue the teaching profession. In particular, we thank you for your interest in our programs. When we ask our candidates why they choose to become teachers, they almost always say they want to make a difference in the lives of their students and want to create a positive and engaging learning environment in which their pupils can achieve excellence.  The program faculty members understand that teachers in the 21st century need knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with students of diverse backgrounds in the changing, complex, knowledge-based, information technology-driven economy and society of the Coachella Valley and California. To help candidates become effective teachers with linguistic and cultural competency, our programs takes into account the specific needs and backgrounds of teacher candidates and K-12 students in the Coachella Valley. Our program provides candidates with engaging coursework and field experiences that promotes their understanding of how children learn and how to support them. More specifically, the coursework and field experiences are structured to promote reflective teaching as candidates strive to understand: (a) the relationship between educational theory and classroom instructional practices; (b) the California’s curriculum and the Common Core State Standards; (c) the needs of English learners and students with special needs; (d) issues of social, economic and cultural diversity; and (e) the 21st century skills and dispositions such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, leadership, teamwork, collaboration, multicultural literacy, social justice teaching, and new media literacy.

Interested in the Programs?

We highly encourage you to attend one of our credential program information sessions to learn more about the admissions requirements and upcoming deadlines.

Single Subject Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018       5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018       5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018           5-6:30 p.m. RG-207

Multiple Subject Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018       5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018     5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018         5-6:30 p.m. RG-207

Special Education Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018       5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018     5-6:30 p.m. RG-207
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018         5-6:30 p.m. RG-207

Credential Admissions

Credential Program Admissions provides assistance with the process of your application for admission to the Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Special Education credential programs. Admission into these programs is initiated with the submission of a complete Program Admissions File (P.A.F.).

For further P.A.F. information, instructions and forms, please select the appropriate hyperlink program requirements from the list below:

Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Special Education Credential programs must attend a mandatory information session. Please see available dates and times on our Attend an Information Session page.


Submission Information

It is recommended that you submit your P.A.F. and other required documentation to Program Admissions in person. NOTE: Palm Desert Campus (PDC) credential candidates may submit their application(s) and/or official document(s) to the PDC Office to be forwarded to the College of Education Student Services. The admission process will take approximately 5 - 10 business days from the date the P.A.F. was accepted and results of the decision will be mailed to you.

NOTE: Once your P.A.F. has been submitted to Program Admissions, the contents cannot be retrieved or duplicated therefore we recommend that you keep copies of all documentation prior to submitting your P.A.F.