Applying for your Credential

Overview

Candidates who have completed the program and met all program requirements are ready to apply for a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in their subject area.   This credential allows you to teach for five years while meeting the requirements for your Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential.

Each semester, our program sponsors a Credential Application Orientation to help you prepare to submit an application to our Credentials Office.  Below is some information to help you understand the process and the credential you will apply for.

Submitting an Application

 All applications are processed through the Credentials Office in SH 108.  Please refer to the Credentials Office Website for full information on applications requirements and the process of submitting an application.

Please use this application checklist (pdf) to collect the materials you will need to submit for your application.  Once you have collected your application materials you may submit your application packet to the Credentials Office located in Sweeney Hall 108.

Credential Specifications

Once the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has received and approved your application, you will receive an SB2042 Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential, which includes EL authorization and is No Child Left Behind (NCLB) compliant.  

Preliminary Credential

California teaching credentials work on a two-tier system: Preliminary and Clear credentials.  When you complete our program and meet all program requirements, you will qualify for a Preliminary Credential.  The credential is valid for 5 years after the date it is issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  During this 5 year window, you will be expected to find a job and complete a Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program in order to meet the requirements for a second-tier Clear credential.  Arrangements for enrolling you in a BTSA program are handled by your employer and culminate in a portfolio that resembles the PACT Teaching Event. 

EL Authorization

All students completing our credential program meet the state requirements for EL authorization (which is basically the new terminology for "CLAD").  English Learner (EL) authorization means that you are prepared to provide subject specific instruction to designated English Learners.  However, this credential does not include a bilingual authorize (i.e. primary language instruction in another a language other than English.)   An additional BCLAD authorization is needed for bilingual instruction.  (Follow this link for a Letter confirming EL/CLAD authorization)

NCLB Compliance

Program completers also meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements for "highly qualified" teachers.  NCLB identifies the following core academic subjects for which teachers assigned to these courses must be "highly qualified": middle/high level English, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics/government, economics, arts, history, and geography.  Candidates in our program have met these requirements either by passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) or through coursework verification.  (Follow this link for a Letter confirming NCLB Compliance)

Adding a Second Credential

Credential candidates interested in adding a second credential to their preliminary or clear credential should refer to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements page.  

In general, adding a second subject area to a single subject credential requires subject matter competency (established through coursework or exam) and an application packet.  However, we strongly recommend that teachers interested in teaching additional subject areas take a corresponding subject specific methods course to augment these CCTC requirements, as teaching another subject area often requires unique methods and strategies.