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Elementary / Multiple Subject Credentials

I HAVE LESS THAN TWO YEARS OF OUT-OF-STATE TEACHING EXPERIENCE AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL.

To qualify for the preliminary credential, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Official transcripts showing a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university

  2. Basic skills requirement. Individuals may be issued a preliminary credential prior to satisfying the basic skills requirement but must complete the requirement within one year of their credential issue date. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement [PDF] for additional information.

  3. Comparable teaching credential earned in a state other than California based upon completion of a professional preparation program (or alternative program) in elementary education, including student teaching, taken at a regionally-accredited institution where the program was completed

  • The credential does not have to be valid at the time of application

  • A photocopy of the out-of-state credential is acceptable verification of this requirement (front and back as applicable)

  • The subject area listed on the out-of-state credential authorization must correspond to the subject area sought

  • If the out-of-state credential is issued in a subject other than elementary or self-contained teaching, the individual will be issued the preliminary credential but will be required to meet California's subject matter requirements (see Terms and Definitions) before the clear credential may be issued

The preliminary credential is issued to individuals who have met basic credential requirements. There are additional requirements that must be met to qualify for the clear credential. If all requirements for the preliminary and clear credential are met with the initial application, the individual will be issued the clear credential and not the preliminary. See Commission leaflet CL-561 for more information.

How to Apply

Terms and Definitions


I HAVE TWO OR MORE YEARS OF OUT-OF-STATE TEACHING EXPERIENCE AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL.

To qualify for the preliminary credential, you must submit all of the following:

  1. Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university

  2. Basic Skills Requirement. Individuals may be issued a preliminary credential prior to satisfying the basic skills requirement but must complete the requirement within one year of their credential issue date. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement [PDF] for additional information.

  3. Comparable teaching credential earned in a state other than California based upon completion of a professional preparation program (or alternative program) in elementary education, including student teaching, taken at a regionally-accredited institution where the program was completed

  • The credential does not have to be valid at the time of application

  • A photocopy of the out-of-state credential is acceptable verification of this requirement (front and back as applicable)

  • The subject area listed on the out-of-state credential authorization must correspond to the subject area sought

  • If the out-of-state credential is issued in a subject other than elementary or self-contained teaching, the individual will be issued the preliminary credential but will be required to meet California's subject matter requirements (see Terms and Definitions) before the clear credential may be issued

  • Two years or more of out-of-state full-time teaching experience (see Terms and Definitions)

The preliminary credential is issued to individuals who have met basic credential requirements. There are additional requirements that must be met to qualify for the clear credential. If all requirements for the preliminary and clear credential are met with the initial application, the individual will be issued the clear credential and not the preliminary. See Commission leaflet CL-561 for more information.


How to Apply

Terms and Definitions


I HOLD NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION AND AM SEEKING A CALIFORNIA ELEMENTARY TEACHING CREDENTIAL.

Teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in one of the qualifying subjects listed below will be issued a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Individuals meeting this option are exempt from the basic skills requirement and all other credential requirements.

National Board Certification:
Early Childhood (ages 3 - 8)/Generalist
Middle Childhood (ages 7 - 12)/Generalist

Individuals applying for the professional clear credential via National Board Certification may apply directly to the Commission for a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential by submitting all of the following:

  1. Photocopy of National Board Certification

  2. Completed application [PDF](revised 7/05 or later)

  3. Completed Livescan receipt [PDF], if not previously submitted to the Commission. Out-of-state residents (with out-of-state addresses) have the option of submitting two fingerprint cards (FD-258), in lieu of a LiveScan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet. Fingerprint cards may be ordered by sending an e-mail to the Commission at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.

  4. Application processing fee [PDF]

DO I NEED TO PASS ANY EXAMINATIONS PRIOR TO BECOMING CREDENTIALED IN CALIFORNIA?

There are examinations that are used to verify subject matter competence in the subject listed on your credential. Depending on the option by which you qualified for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, verifying subject matter competence may or may not be necessary. Once your preliminary teaching credential is issued, the credential document will indicate if verification of subject matter competence is a requirement to renew your credential.

Verifying Subject Matter Competence by Examination for Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials [PDF]




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Updated April 14, 2010