A credential program prepares professionals to render services in California public schools [K-12]. The credential programs are regulated by standards set by the state in addition to requirements set by the Graduate Division for any graduate level program [e.g., gpa, GRE, etc]. The School of Education offers credentials in teaching (both multiple subject and single subject), administrative services, and school psychology. The teaching and administrative services credentials are offered only in combination with a master's degree. The school psychologist credential is offered as part of the doctoral program.

The School of Social Welfare also offers two credentials: Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. Both of these are master's level programs.