ESM Waiver Approved! No CSET for Multiple Subject Credential

Fresno State’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for an Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) Waiver! As a result, Fresno State BA in Liberal Studies students who have graduated on or after Spring 2016 will no longer need to take the CSET in order to enroll in Fresno State’s Multiple Subject Credential program.

The BA in Liberal Studies program here at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development provides relevant and rigorous subject matter preparation for elementary teaching that is committed to equity and social justice. The courses in the Liberal Studies program provide prospective teachers with conceptual knowledge of the defined subject matter, fulfilling the California Subject Matter Requirements, with commitments to teaching for social justice, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and universal design for learning. The Liberal Studies Department works closely with faculty from departments across the campus, community organizations, and local schools. At various points within student’s learning experiences, students are afforded rich service-learning and field experiences that span grades K-8.

The BA in Liberal Studies program consists of 91 required units of lower and upper-division coursework, with a total of 120 units. The California Subject Matter Requirements in the ESM Standards are all addressed in the 91 core units, required of all students in the major.

Selena Van Horn, Assistant Professor, and Laura Rabago, Administrative Services Manager, were instrumental in recommending that the CTC approve the BA in Liberal Studies program at California State University, Fresno. The CTC has approved the BA in Liberal Studies program and was granted the ESM Waiver on Thursday, April 12. Thank you Selena and Laura for all your work on this.

*Students who graduate from Fresno State with a degree in something other than Liberal Studies will still have to take the CSET and Fresno State BA in Liberal Studies graduates who enter the Single Subject Credential program may have to take the CSET.


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