FAQs

When are orientation meetings for students interested in applying?

When are orientation meetings for students interested in applying?

Dates for the secondary education, elementary education, and special education orientation meetings can be found here. If you are unable to attend, please contact the coordinator for the credential program you are interested in for more information.

What are the School of Education’s Office hours? Which days is the office closed?

What are the School of Education’s Office hours? Which days is the office closed?

During the school year, The School of Education’s main office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, August through June. Our office is closed for the entire month of July. Faculty and Staff mailboxes are located in HGH 211.

Due to campus holidays , we will be closed the following days in the 2014-2015 Academic Year:

  • Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 - Labor Day
  • Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 - Veterans’ Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 - Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 - Day after Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018 - Christmas Day Observed
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 - Admissions Day Observed
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 - Columbus Day Observed
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 - Lincoln’s Birthday Observed
  • Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 - Washington's Birthday Observed
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 - New Year’s Day Observed
  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, April 1, 2019 - Cesar Chavez Day Observed
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day  

When are applications available and due?

When are applications available and due?

Ordinarily, applications open on Cal State Apply October 1 and close February 1 for admission the following Fall for Secondary and Elementary Education. Special Education and Educational Leadership have rolling admissions, and you can apply later than that if needed. Please contact the Special Education Assistant Coordinator for further details at 707.826.5795 or the Educational Leadership Program Coordinator at 707.826.5886.

Please note: we do not accept new students for Spring semester as coursework must be completed sequentially. New students are admitted Fall semester only.

How much is tuition?

How much is tuition?

Currently HSU tuition for a teacher credential program is around $10,000 per year for California residents (this is subject to change, depending on the university’s budget). This cost can very from year to year and semester to semester. Please see the Financial Aid’s cost estimates for the most up-to-date information.

For out-of-state applicants, please keep in mind that you cannot use the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) tuition price break as you will be considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student to be in a credential program.

What scholarships are available?

What scholarships are available?

Our scholarship webpage is located here. Scholarships can vary from year to year, so please check back in the spring before you enter the credential program to receive the most up-to-date information. 

What is the minimum length of the program?

What is the minimum length of the program?

Our elementary (multiple subject), secondary (single subject), and Special Education preliminary credential programs are two-semester programs. They begin in mid-August and end in mid-June. Please note: credential programs start BEFORE the regular HSU semester and end later. The Special Education Clear Credential program and the Administrative Services program offer a flexible length of program.

When can I begin a basic credential program?

When can I begin a basic credential program?

All of our basic credential programs (elementary, secondary, special education) begin every fall semester (no new admissions for spring semester). Educational Leadership (Administrative Services) and Special Education Credential programs begin fall semester. We cannot accept new students for spring semester as credential program coursework must be completed sequentially. 

What are the prerequisites for the credential programs?

What are the prerequisites for the credential programs?

Do you offer CSET Test Preparation Workshops?

Do you offer CSET Test Preparation Workshops?

Yes, we do offer test prep workshops for the Multiple Subjects CSET – the test needed for either Elementary or Special Education.

Test prep workshops are FREE and are especially helpful for those who have difficulty with Science and/or Math. To sign up for a test prep workshop or to inquire about the schedule,  contact the School of Education at education@humboldt.edu

We generally do not offer test prep workshops for any of the Single Subject CSET Exams.

The CSET official website has test guides and practice questions that are helpful. They give a breakdown of what to expect on each subtest.

What if I have a criminal conviction on my background check, can I still teach?

What if I have a criminal conviction on my background check, can I still teach?

That depends on the sort of crime you were convicted of. To find out for sure whether or not your background would disqualify you from teaching, please contact the appropriate program’s coordinator ASAP for advice.

I already had a Live Scan completed - do I need to get another one?

I already had a Live Scan completed - do I need to get another one?

Prior to being allowed into any classroom to complete observations, fieldwork, or student teaching, you must obtain a Certificate of Clearance* through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This process is separate from the Blue Card process, meaning you will not be able to use your Blue Card Live Scan results in lieu of obtaining a Certificate of Clearance. 

This process can take up to 6 weeks to complete, so please apply for your Certificate of Clearance early!

You will need to complete all steps of the process listed in the instructions.

Certificate of Clearance Application & Instructions

*Exemption - It is not necessary to obtain a Certificate of Clearance if you can present a copy of a VALID California Certificate or Credential issued by the CTC such as an emergency sub permit, PIP, STSP, Children's Center Permit or Adult Vocational Education Credential.

All previous LiveScans completed for educational or employment purposes are NOT accepted towards the Certificate of Clearance unless you currently hold a document issued by the CTC.

Please contact Sarah Green for any questions or concerns regarding your Certificate of Clearance.

What is the required grade-point average for admission to credential programs?

What is the required grade-point average for admission to credential programs?

An overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.67 or 2.75 for the last 60 semester units (on a 4.0 scale) is required for regular admission. If your GPA falls short of the standard, you may file a low-GPA appeal with your application. For more information, visit the web page of the appropriate credential program. For applicants who have completed units as a graduate student, your graduate GPA needs to be a minimum of 3.0, and you need to maintain at least a 3.0 average throughout your post-baccalaureate studies here at HSU.

What are the test dates for CBEST and CSET, how can I register and get information?

What are the test dates for CBEST and CSET, how can I register and get information?

Registering online is the recommended method. You will need a credit card to do this. Each website also has test information and often includes online practice questions and answers.
(Click on the name to go to the test web site.)
CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) - 916.928.4001
CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) - 916.928.4003

How do I obtain an application to the credential program of my choice?

How do I obtain an application to the credential program of my choice?

To apply to any of our programs, please visit Cal State Apply and fill out an application to the program or programs you are interested in. 

Check out the tutorials located on our Prospective Students page for detailed instructions on each part of the application.

If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to us at education@humboldt.edu or 707-826-5867.

Can I come to HSU and meet with an advisor?

Can I come to HSU and meet with an advisor?

You may contact the Education and Credentialing Office to arrange for advising in person or by telephone. 707.826.5867 or education@humboldt.edu

Can you briefly describe what I would be doing in a credential program?

Can you briefly describe what I would be doing in a credential program?

Each semester you will have both credential program courses and experiences apprentice teaching in public schools. Our two-semester credential programs involve working full days Monday through Friday and completing coursework assignments and preparation for teaching outside of class time.

Do you offer internships?

Do you offer internships?

If you are interested in finding about internships for Secondary Education please contact Viki Radden, SED & EED Coordinator.

Our other programs do not offer internships.

What if I move out of state after getting my credential?

What if I move out of state after getting my credential?

If you earn your California Teaching Credential and then move out of state, you will likely be able to get a credential in your new home state via a reciprocal agreement between California and the other state. Often you’ll need to complete some extra coursework/exams (such as a state history course) within a set time frame; this varies from state to state, so you will need to contact your new state to find out their requirements.

You will also need to have an out-of-state verification form filled out by the university at which you earned your teaching credential. If you earned your credential at HSU, first get the form from your new state’s teacher credentialing department, and then send it to us here at the School of Education. The mailing address is:

HSU School of Education
Attn: Out-of-State Waivers
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521

Our fax number is: 707-826-5868.

Please be sure to include your contact information with your request   in case we have questions about your form and need to reach you.