Credential Services

SJSU Lurie College Teacher Education Department Alumni Joy Paterson teaches elementary school


The SJSU Lurie College of Education Credential Services office serves the diverse educational needs of graduate students, staff and faculty in an effort to prepare teachers, counselors, administrators and other education professionals as they complete their credential programs.  Refer to the information below learn more about the resources and services provided by the Credential Services office.  If you are interested in enrolling in a credential program at San Jose State University, visit the Lurie College of Education Academics webpage to learn more about the programs available.


Credential Services Office Overview


Sweeney Hall 101 | credentials@sjsu.edu
Voice: 408 924 3541 | Fax: 408 924 3713

Office Hours | Monday-Friday | 8am-12pm, 1-5pm

Ha Thai 
| Senior Credential Analyst | ha.thai@sjsu.edu
Catherine Davis | Credential Analyst | catherine.davis@sjsu.edu

 

The Credential Services office will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, December 23, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - Winter Break Closure


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SJSU Lurie College Teacher Education Department Alumni Irene Castillon Teaches at Luis Valdez Leadership Academy

 

SJSU Credential Forms and Steps to Apply


All credential applicants must complete the following steps:


1)  
Complete the Information Coversheet (PDF) - Download the form and save a copy.  Type in your information and print.

2)  Pay the $25 application processing fee - Click on the link to make a payment.  Print your receipt and submit it with your application packet.

3)  Download and print the appropriate credential checklist and any additional forms below.  Submit all required documents listed on the checklist.

 

Credential Type

Additional Forms Required

Adapted Physical Education

 

Administrative Services Preliminary/Certificate of Eligibility

Verification of Employment as Administrator

Education Specialist Internship

(Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

Intern Agreement Form

Education Specialist Preliminary

(Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

 

Education Specialist Clear

(Early Childhood Special Education, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

 

Multiple Subject Internship

Intern Agreement Form

Multiple Subject Preliminary

 

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Internship

(School Counseling ONLY)

Intern Agreement Form

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Clear

(School Counseling and School Social Work)

 

Reading & Literacy Leadership Specialist

 

Single Subject Internship

Intern Agreement Form

Single Subject Preliminary

 

Speech-Language Pathology Preliminary

 

Speech-Language Pathology Clear

 

Teacher Librarian Services Clear

 

Added Authorizations in Special Education

 

Added Authorization - Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

Added Authorization - Early Childhood Special Education

 

Appeals and Extensions

 

1-year Extension Appeal for Internships

 

Change of District for Internships

 

 

Notes

  • You must have an overall 3.0 GPA in your Credential coursework, and may not be disqualified from SJSU.  Each course must be completed with a Pass, CR, or C or better grade. 
  • Your coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years. 
  • Submit a complete application packet including all official transcripts.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
  • Applications are processed in the order received.
  • Processing time is 4 weeks from the time you file your application with our office.
  • Applications may be mailed to us for processing.


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SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Teaching in the Classroom

 

Approved Subject Matter Preparation Programs

 

San Jose State University offers the following approved Subject Matter Preparation Programs.  These undergraduate degree programs waive students from the CSET exams required for the teacher preparation program.  To be eligible for a waiver, individuals must complete one of the majors below and receive their degree at SJSU.  If you are eligible and are seeking an evaluation for subject matter competency, please contact our office for further information at credentials@sjsu.edu or 408-924-3541.

Note: We do not currently offer evaluations to individuals who did not receive their degrees at SJSU.


Multiple Subject
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Environmental Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Social Science

Single Subject
  • Art
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Social Science


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SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Teaching Elementary School


Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get started in a credentials program?


Visit the Lurie College of Education Academics webpage to view and learn more about the credential programs available at SJSU.


Am I a RYAN or an SB2042 credential candidate?


- If you were in the SJSU Multiple Subject program and started your coursework Fall 2003 or prior and completed your coursework by December 31, 2005 you are a RYAN credential candidate.

- If you started your Multiple Subject coursework Spring 2004 or later you are a SB2042 candidate.

- If you were in the SJSU Single Subject program and started your coursework Spring 2003 or prior and completed your coursework by December 31, 2005 you are a RYAN credential candidate.

- If you started your Single Subject coursework Fall 2003 or later you are a SB2042 candidate.


My employer says I need Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD). How can I obtain it?


If you possess a RYAN credential that does not list a CLAD emphasis you may take the CTEL (CA Teachers of English Learners) exam.  Go to ctel.nesinc.com for more information.  If you pass you will need to apply directly to the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a CLAD certificate. Holders of SB2042 credentials do NOT need CLAD.  The authorization is embedded in your program coursework, and will show up as ELA on your credential.


Must transcripts be submitted in sealed envelopes?


You may submit transcripts that have been opened as long as they are official.  We do not accept xerox copies.


Can I have my transcripts mailed to the Credentials Office?


No - please have them mailed to your home address and submit them with your credential application packet to avoid lost transcripts or delays.


Do I have to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges where I attended?


No - we only require official transcripts that show BA/BS degree, credential coursework/requirements, and other courses completed outside of SJSU that are substituted for any credential coursework.  SJSU transcripts must show passing grades through your final semester of coursework. 

Note: Speech-Language Pathology and PPS credential candidates must have their MA degree conferred on their SJSU transcripts before applying for their credential.


If I received my bachelor's degree from outside of the U.S. do I need to turn in those transcripts?


No - just submit a copy of your official transcript evaluation from one of the CTC-approved evaluation agencies.  You must have an equivalent U.S. bachelor's degree with a minimum of 120 semester units completed.  Go to ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf for a list of CTC-approved agencies.


Is my U.S. bachelor's/master's degree valid for obtaining a CA teaching credential?


The CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing can only accept coursework and degrees completed at regionally accredited institutions.  Degrees and coursework must have been completed while the institution was regionally accredited in order for the Commission to consider them for credentialing purposes.  Please go to ctc.ca.gov/credentials/accreditation-bodies.html for current listings.


If my bachelor's degree is from outside of the U.S. but my master's or PhD is from a U.S. institution do I still need to have my transcripts evaluated for my bachelor's degree?


No - as long as your master's or PhD degree is from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., then you will only need to submit an official transcript showing that degree.


Can I obtain a master's degree and a credential at the same time?


Yes - however, the university stipulates that you cannot be enrolled in two programs at the same time however some coursework may overlap. Please check with the program departments for information.


Can I take Health and Mainstreaming at another university to meet my SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject credential?


Currently, SJSU has approved courses from UC Santa Cruz Extension - XSC265 Becoming a Professional Educator - and the University of San Diego Extension - X569I Health Education & X569H Mainstreaming - for meeting these requirements.


Can I submit copies of my test scores and keep my original test results?


Yes - copies of CBEST, CSET, RICA, Computer Technology Level I and the U.S. Constitution test results (if applicable) are acceptable.


What if my CPR card has expired?


The Adult, Child & Infant CPR card must be valid at the time of applying for your credential.  If your CPR is expired, you must retake the course.  Online CPR courses are not acceptable.


If I submit a copy of my Internship credential what does this meet when I apply for my preliminary credential?


An Internship credential means you have already submitted evidence of a bachelor's degree, CBEST, subject matter competency (CSET), US Constitution and Certificate of Clearance (fingerprinting).  If you submit a copy of your Internship credential then you would not need to submit copies of these items again.


Your Information Sheet contains a statement regarding release of information and privacy. What information do you release and to whom?


Frequently we get calls from school districts, principals, counties office of education, credential analysts from other universities, and the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing regarding your credential application. We do not give out personal information.


How do I clear my Preliminary SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject credential?


You must go through a two-year induction program through your employer (school district).  Upon completion, your induction sponsor will assist you in applying for your clear credential.  SJSU is not authorized to process applications for clear credentials completed through a district induction program.


What if my school district (employer) has no induction program in order for me to clear my SB2042 preliminary credential?


This may happen as in the case of a private school.  Your school district may ask other school districts if they will accept you into their induction program as a courtesy, or you may enroll in an approved clear program offered through an institution.  Contact us or the CTC for a current listing.


How do I renew my clear credential?


You may renew most clear credentials online through the CTC website.


What is a C-19 letter or Letter of Affidavit and how can I prove to my employer that I have applied for my credential?


C-19 letters are only issued to individuals who must submit a paper application which takes 3-6 months to process.  All online recommendations are processed within 2-4 weeks and employers will be able to verify your application once you make your payment online.


How can I obtain a CA credential if I did my coursework and received a credential from another state?


You may submit a direct application to CTC for an evaluation to determine if you qualify for a CA credential based on an out of state program.


How can I contact the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing?


It is best to contact the CTC by email at credentials@ctc.ca.gov. You can expect a 3-10 day turnaround for a response. Their address is:

CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing 
PO Box 944270 
Sacramento, CA 94244-2700

Phone: (916) 322-4974, Option 1 - (M-F 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM)


How can I obtain a duplicate copy of my credential?


Visit the CTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov.


How do I change my name at the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing and get a new credential showing my new name?


Visit the CTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov.


How do I change my address with the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing?


You can change your address by contacting the CTC at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.  Be sure to include your new and former address, last name, and social security number for verification purposes.


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