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Supplementary & Subject Matter Authorizations

Introductory supplementary authorizations added to a Single Subject Teaching Credential authorize the holder to teach the supplementary subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks for study in grades 9 and below, although the students in the class may be in grades 10-12. Specific supplementary authorizations authorize teaching the specific subject named on the credential at any grade level including K-12 inclusive, preschool, and classrooms organized primarily for adults.

Supplementary authorizations added to a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorize the holder to teach departmentalized classes related to the supplementary authorization listed on their credential only in grades 9 and below.

Introductory subject matter authorizations authorize the holder to teach the subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks approved for study in grades 9 and below. This allows an employer to assign a teacher with an introductory authorization to teach a class in which the curriculum is for grades 9 and below but the students in the class may be in grades K-12. Specific subject matter authorizations authorize the holder to teach the specific subject in grades preschool, kindergarten-12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

Holders of valid multiple subject or single subject teaching credentials may add supplementary and subject matter authorizations to an existing credential by verifying completion of additional coursework or a degree major in the subject(s) to be named on the credential.


Information for All Candidates


California Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates


Out-of-State Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates


Out-of-Country Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates, except that the course work and/or degrees posted to a foreign transcript must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency before the Commission can consider them for certification purposes.


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Updated April 12, 2012