General Credential Information
Prospective and current credential holders can use the menu of options below to navigate around this page for general information about credentials.
- Verifying Subject Matter Competence by CSET Examinations
- Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
- Test Preparation Resources for CBEST, CSET, and RICA
- International Students and Foreign Transcript Evaluation
- Fingerprinting/Certificate of Clearance
- Adding Authorizations To An Existing Credential
- Teacher Certification for Employment Outside of California
- How to Renew an Emergency Permit (CL469 Form)
- How to Meet the U.S. Constitution Requirements
- How to Meet the Adult-Child-Infant CPR Requirement
- SJSU Transcript Request
Individuals applying to the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist (MMD & MSD) Credential Programs must satisfy subject matter competency either by completing an approved subject matter preparation program or passing the appropriate CSET examinations.
Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials
Single Subject Teaching Credentials
Education Specialist (MMD & MSD)
- The preliminary teaching credential requirements include alignment of the subject-matter competence requirement to the Federal NCLB core academic subject areas (English, reading/language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics/government, economics, arts, history, geography, and elementary level). This allows candidates to meet the subject-matter competence requirement by passage of the appropriate examination(s) for the multiple subject teaching credential, or passage of the appropriate examination(s) or subject-matter program for the single subject teaching credential in the areas of art, English, foreign language, mathematics including foundational-level mathematics, music, social science, or science including foundationallevel general science and specialized science.
The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify, in most cases, that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. For Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned to daily responsibility for whole class instruction in student teaching or serving as an intern.
Credential candidates generally take the CBEST exam or the CSET: Writing Skills (Multiple Subject candidates) exam to meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR), however, there are alternate options for meeting the BSR. If you are choosing an alternate option, you are required to have it verified by a Credential Analyst in the Credential Services Office in Sweeney Hall 101 before submitting your BSR with your admission application to the program.
Steps for BSR Verfication
- Complete the BSR form [pdf] with a copy of your official exam results. A credential anlayst will need to verify a true copy. The official exam results will be returned to you. Note: If you hold a credential or permit issued by CTC which required verification of your BSR, you may submit a copy of the exam results (instead of official results) along with a copy of your CTC issued credential.
- Submit to Credential Services in person to Sweeney Hall 101 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will be notified by email within 48 hours regarding the status of your BSR verification request.
Contact the SJSU Lurie College of Education Credential Services office with questions at 408-924-3541 or email@example.com.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires all individuals who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States to obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts/degrees. The evaluation must result in an equivalent U.S. bachelors or masters degree. If an individual holds a masters degree from an accredited U.S. University or College, evaluation of undergraduate course work is not required for CTC, however, it may still be required for admission by SJSU's Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation office.
You may visit SJSU's Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation (GAPE) website for more information about the transcript evaluation process, or you may contact GAPE at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Note: The SJSU Credentials Services Office recommends using WES (World Education Services) for your evaluation since it is accepted by both CTC and SJSU's GAPE office.
The Certificate of Clearance is a document issued by the Commission to an individual who has completed the Commission's fingerprint character and identification process and whose moral and professional fitness has been shown to meet the standards as established by law. Certificates of Clearance issued on or after February 28, 2005 are valid for five years.
- Make an appointment for Livescan Fingerprinting service with the SJSU University Police Department. Alternatively, you may go to any agency to complete the Livescan service. Before you go to your Livescan appointment, print 3 copies of the 41-LS [pdf] form and take it with you.
- Complete the online application for the Certificate of Clearance through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website. Immediately following the successful submission of the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a confirmation number and a link to track your application.
It may take up to 10 business days for CTC to process and grant your Certificate of Clearance. An email will be sent informing the individual that the document has been granted and can be viewed in 48 hours on the CTC website. If you do not receive an email after the 10th business day, you may contact the CTC at 916-322-4974, (Option 1, M-F, 12:30 PM - 4:35 PM) or by email at email@example.com for a status update.
General Education Authorizations
Supplementary and Subject Matter Authorizations
Supplementary and Subject Matter Authorization applications must be submitted directly to CTC for processing. If you require assistance with transcript evaluation to determine eligiblity, you may contact the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
- Supplementary Authorization to Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials
- Supplementary Authorization to Single Subject Teaching Credentials
- Subject Matter Authorization to Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credentials
If you are seeking employment outside of California and require verification of program completion, please complete the following steps below and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the Out-of-State Information Cover Sheet [pdf]
- Pay the $15 processing fee
- Complete a Teacher Certification Form: This form is usually provided by the education department of the state where you are seeking employment.
Note: Your credential will be verified with the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It does not have to be valid, however, if you do not hold a CA credential related to the program for which you are seeking verification, you will be required to submit additional paperwork. Please contact the SJSU Credential Services office for further instructions.
Completion of at least 6 semester units of coursework towards the appropriate credential program is required. The coursework must be completed after the issuance date of the last emergency permit and before the issuance date of the new permit. The original CL-469 form will be returned to you by mail as you will need to submit it to your employer for further processing.
To renew your Emergency Permit, complete steps 1 - 3 below:
- Complete the CL-469 form
- Complete the Emergency Permit Information Cover Sheet [pdf]
- Email to email@example.com or mail to:
San Jose State University
Sweeney Hall 101
San Jose, CA 95192-0015
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
|POLS 1||American Government|
|POLS 101||Political Instituions 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||U.S. History/Government|
|AMS 1A and 1B||American Civilization|
|HUM 1AB and 2AB||Western Culure & Society|
Community College Courses
|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 s ubmit the items below to the SJSU Credential Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sweeney Hall 101.
- Complete the U.S Constitution Verification form [pdf].
- Course description and syllabus from the college where the course was taken.
- Transcripts with passing grade of "C" or better for the course
Note: The Education Code states that the U.S Constitution requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of coursework covering the principles of the U.S Constitution. The CTC has deemed that coursework for this requirement must be met by the a grade of "C" or better or pass, credit, or satisfactory grade. The coursework may be an online course taken at a regionally accredited two or four-year college of university.
U.S. Constitution Exam Option
If you are considering enrolling in a CPR course it must meet the American Heart Association guidelines. Note: Due to COVID-19, online CPR courses are acceptable. (updated 4/30/2020)
- Online Course: ProCPR Online CPR Certification
- American Heart Association | Heartsaver CPR | 408-977-4950
- American Red Cross | Adult and Pediatric CPR | 408-577-1000