MSTE Admissions & Aid


Admissions Requirements

To view a list of program application deadlines, click here.

Step One: Review Application Requirements and Gather Application Materials

Successful applicants will have met the following criteria:

  • Application and fee
  • A baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Verification of Basic Skills Requirement approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing**
  • Subject Matter Competency Requirement can be met with proof of registration and subsequent passing of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Multiple Subject subtests I, II, and III.
  • One official copy of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Statement of professional goals and resume included with your application
  • Three current letters of recommendation from professionals who can evaluate your potential to be a teacher
  • Evidence of health insurance or a signed waiver
  • Results of a tuberculosis test (within the last two years)
  • Interview

**Prior to program start all applicants must have a Certificate of Clearance (or the equivalent) issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), or an application pending, before being admitted to the program.

Foreign transcripts and International students:
Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents by one of the approved CTC organizations for admittance into the program. International students have additional admission requirements.

Step Two: Submit your Application

The Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential has a Summer start term. Applications are accepted year-round however priority deadlines must be met to be considered for admission scholarships.


Step Three: What to Expect after Acceptance to the Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential

  • Receive your admissions letter
  • Accept your offer and pay your deposit
  • Receive your Saint Mary’s account and activate it with your password
  • Begin your classes!


Benefits, Tuition, and Fees

Please refer to our section on financial aid.



  • In-person, 4 times a week, Monday–Thursday, afternoon/evening classes. Occasional Fridays.
  • Attentive and encouraging professors
  • Cohort experience
Application fee           $50 (non-refundable)
Tuition $41,230 (38 units, $1,085/unit)
Tuition deposit $250 (non-refundable)