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NOTE: We are no longer accepting applicants for the Community College Teaching Certificate at this time.

Admission Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, with at least a 2.85 in the last 60 units is required for acceptance into the program.  It should be noted, however, that requirements to teach in the California Community Colleges are set by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and vary by discipline.


According to the Chancellor’s office:

For academic disciplines, the minimum qualifications now are a masters’ degree in the discipline of the assignment; or a bachelor’s degree in the discipline of the assignment and a master’s degree in a reasonably related discipline. A statewide “disciplines list” defines the degrees that are considered to be reasonably related. Assignments in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts generally fall into this category, as do a number of technical disciplines, such as engineering, home economics, nursing, dietetics, accounting, and business management.


Please refer to the following website for further details regarding minimum qualifications for Faculty: 

Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges (PDF file)


Admission Procedures

Students must complete an application for admission to both the university and the certificate program.  Early application to the program is encouraged.  Submit the university application on line at

Students currently attending SDSU, in other graduate programs, do not have to reapply to the school.  You will, however, need to complete the program application and a Request for Permission to enter and Advanced Certificate Program Form from the Graduate Division.

Please link Request form and program application, I have attached them in the email.

Send Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) to:

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA  92182-7416

The program application and one page personal essay should be sent directly to the Department:

Department of Administration, Rehabilitation & Postsecondary Education / Interwork Institute.
Attention:Postsecondary Education Graduate Advisor
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA  92108-1716

The Community College Teaching Certificate accepts applications for both Fall and Spring admissions.  Please be sure to meet all university application deadlines.  For further information regarding admission please contact the Department Office at (619) 594-6115