How to meet the U.S. Constitution Requirements

California law requires that all teachers pass a course in the U.S. Constitution before being issued a credential. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking an approved college level course(s) or by passing an approved exam. Below is a list of courses that satisfy this requirement:

San Jose State University Courses

Course Name

Course Description

POLS 1 American Government
POLS 101 Political Institutions in the U.S.
HIST 171 Development of the U.S. Constitution
AFAM 2A or 2B Afro Americans/
American History & Government
AAS 33A or 33B Asian American in U.S. History
HIST/POLS 15A or 15B US History/Government
AMS 1A and 1B American Civilization
HUM 1AB and 2AB Western Culture & Society

At Bay Area Community Colleges



Cabrillo Pols 1 or 5
City College of S.F. Pols 1
DeAnza College Hist 17A or Pols 1
Evergreen College Pols 1
Foothill College Pols 1 or 7
San Jose City College Pols 1
West Valley College Pols 1 or 1H

If you have taken a course at another institution that you believe satisfies the requirement but is not listed please do the following:

  1. Obtain a course syllabus from the college where the course was taken.
  2. Obtain transcripts with passing grade for the class.
  3. E-mail course syllabus and transcripts to with the subject 'Constitution Verification.' You will print and submit our e-mail response to your department to fulfill the constitution requirement.


   Complete this form and bring it and the items listed above to SH 108. 


U.S. Constitution Exam Option

 Notre Dame de Namur University (US Constitution Exam)

For info please call 650.508.3545 

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