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Standards: Common and Program
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing awards credentials and certificates on the basis of completion of programs that meet Standards for Educator Preparation and Educator Competence.
For each type of professional credential in education, the Commission has developed and adopted standards which are based upon recent research and the expert advice of many professional educators. Each standard specifies a level of quality and effectiveness that the Commission requires from programs offering academic and professional preparation in education. There are different types of program standards:
Preconditions are requirements that must be met in order for an accrediting association or licensing agency to consider accrediting a program sponsor or approving its programs or schools. Some preconditions are based on state laws, while other preconditions are established by Commission policy. Preconditions can be found within each program's standard document.
The Common Standards deal with aspects of program quality that cross all approved educator preparation programs. The institution responds to each Common Standard by providing pertinent information, including information about individual programs. When a new program is proposed, the institution submits a Common Standards Addendum to address how the new program will integrate with the already approved programs.
• Common Standards Narrative Template [MS Word]
• Common Standards Addendum [MS Word]
Program standards address aspects of program quality and effectiveness that apply to each type of educator preparation program offered by a program sponsor. Program standards contain statements describing the nature and purpose of each standard and language that details the requirements that all approved programs must meet. Program sponsors must meet all applicable program standards before the program application may be approved by the Commission.
Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. In California, subject matter preparation programs for prospective teachers must meet state preparation standards set by the Commission which are aligned with K-12 content standards. These programs of higher education may be associated with degrees or majors in the subjects; however, the Commission does not govern degree programs. To satisfy the subject matter requirement for the single subject credential, candidates may complete a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program or pass a Commission-approved examination. To satisfy the subject matter requirement for the multiple subject credential, candidates must pass the Commission-adopted examination.
The California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) were jointly developed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Commission) and the California Department of Education (CDE). These standards, which set forth the expectations for current classroom teachers, were adopted by the Commission and approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in October 2009.
Content Standards (K-12), Curriculum guidelines for K-12 subjects, and State Board adopted K-8 instructional materials.
Available at the California Department of Education Website
Note: These standards are no longer in effect. When new standards are developed, previous standards continue through a transitional "sunset" period. During the sunset period candidates can be accepted to a program which meets the new standards or the previous standards. However, once a new program has been approved, an institution may not admit new candidates to the old program. At the end of the sunset period, no new candidates can be admitted to programs approved under a previous set of standards. Those programs must reapply to meet the newly adopted standards. The standards under which the Commission has approved any program govern the candidates' requirements for obtaining a credential. Link to the previous standards for educator preparation.