Credentialing Information & FAQ
Request to Activate a Credential File
Credentialing Commission Live Scan Form
Credential Office Information Resources
Instructions for creating a Task Stream Account
Instructions for enrolling in BSE Teacher Education Credential Portfolio
How to Apply for a Certificate of Clearance
Links to State of California Testing Information
Links to Credential & CA Education Information
California Credentialing Commission (CTC): www.ctc.ca.gov
CTC Multi-Subject (MS) Credential Info: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl561c.pdf
CTC Single Subject (SS) Credential Info: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl560c.pdf
CTC Special Education Credential Information: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl808c.pdf
CTC Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl606c.pdf
CTC Administrative Services Credential Info: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl574c.pdf
California Department of Education: www.cde.ca.gov
TEACH California: www.teachcalifornia.org
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Intersted in teaching as an intern?
Requirements for Intern Eligibility:
1. Bachelors' degree from an accredited institution
2. State test requirements must be completed - official score sheets must be on file with the credential office - firstname.lastname@example.org
a. Basic Skills through passage of CBEST or other test options*
b. Subject matter through passage of CSET (dependent upon credential type)
c. US Constitution requirement must be met either through coursework or passage of the online US constitution exam
3. CA issued Certificate of Clearance, Valid 30-day sub permit or Child development permit must be issued and a copy must be on file with the credential office
4. English Language Learner coursework must be completed and passed with a grade of C or above
5. Application to open a credential file form must be submitted
Once an intern position is secured:
a. Submit the signed letter of employment to the credential office
i. Include contact information (name, phone number, email) from the hiring agency
b. The Director of Field Placements will contact the employer to generate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the university and the employer
c. Once the MOU is signed, the credential analyst will apply for the intern credential
Additional Requirements for Early Completion Option (ECO):
1. Teacher education committee verifies candidate qualifies for ECO
2. Pass PACT Tasks' 1 & 2
3. Pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) exam with a passing score of 220 or higher
4. Must pass PACT on first attempt
*Other Test Options - see analyst for information
Credential Office Hot Topics
1. When registering for classes what does MS or SS stand for in the class listing?
MS = Multiple Subject
SS = Single Subject
(When registering for classes please enroll in the section appropriate to the credential you are pursuing.)
2. What are the requirements for fieldwork?
a. Submit a completed copy of the Volunteer Live Scan form to the credential office
b. Submit a copy of negative TB test not more than 4 years old to the credential office
3. How do I enroll in Task Stream?
a. Please see "Instructions for creating a Task Stream Account" under Credential Office Information Resources
4. Is there a fee to open a credential file?
a. Yes. A fee of $30 is required and payable by exact cash or check.
5. I read that basic skills and subject matter requirements must be met to earn a CA credential. What does this mean?
a. California Education Code Sections 44252 and 44252.6 specify that candidates must demonstrate, in English, proficiency in basic reading, math, and writing skills. This basic skills requirement (BSR) can be met through passage of the CBEST exam, CSET Multiple Subject & CSET Writing Skills exam, or a combination of SAT or ACT or AP exam scores. Please direct inquiries regarding meeting BSR through the SAT, ACT, or AP alternatives directly to the credential analyst.
b. The State of California requires that anyone pursuing a Multiple Subject, Single Subject Teaching Credential or a
Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, verify subject matter competence as a part of their teaching qualifications.
This means that you have to prove to the state that you know the subject area that you will be teaching. You can meet
subject matter competence by taking the appropriate CSET exam. Candidates in the music program only demonstrate
subject matter through their program and do not take the single subject CSET test.
6. What are the requirements for student teaching?
• Credential file must be opened
• Fieldwork must be completed
• Advancement to Candidacy requirements completed and notification of acceptance to the Teacher Education Credential Program.
• A minimum GPA of 2.0 in professional coursework and an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained
• STAR review must be completed and all requirements must be signed off the semester prior to student teaching
• Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements must be met
a. For Multiple Subject (MS) Candidates & Education Specialist Candidates:
i. Passing CBEST score
ii. Passing CSET Multi-subject score
b. For Single Subject Candidates
i. Passing CBEST score
ii. Passing CSET subject matter score
c. For Single Subject Music Candidates
i. Passing CBEST score
ii. Completed subject matter profile
• A copy of the official score sheet from each of the tests must be on file with the Credential Office
7. What is the process for applying for a preliminary credential?
a. Successful completion of coursework
b. Completion and passing of PACT
c. For Multi-Subject & Ed Specialist Credentials
i. Passing RICA score
d. Completion of Adult & Infant & Child (Pediatric) CPR
e. Completion of TPE's and final teaching interview
f. Financially clear with the university
g. Degree Posted
8. Is the credential I earn No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and CLAD compliant?
a. Yes, since 2004 the credential earned, either MS, SS or Ed Specialist is an SB 2042 Preliminary Credential
is NCLB through passage of the CSET exam and has English Learner authorization embedded into the program.