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Secondary / Single-Subject Credentials

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

To obtain 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 meet 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 (see Closely Related Single Subjects in Terms and Definitions) earned in a state other than California based upon completion of a professional preparation program (or alternative program) in secondary 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 a California subject area

  • If the credential is in a subject area that does not correspond with an area that may be listed on a California credential (see subject list above), the candidate must have completed 32 semester units of course work in the California subject area

  • If the subject matter course work has not been completed, a preliminary credential will be issued but the applicant will be required to meet California subject-matter requirements (see Terms and Definitions) before the clear credential will 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-560, entitled Single Subject Teaching Credential -- Requirements for Individuals Prepared Out-of-State [PDF].

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How to Apply


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

To obtain 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 meet 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 (see Closely Related Single Subjects in Terms and Definitions) earned in a state other than California based upon completion of a professional preparation program (or alternative program) in secondary 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 a California subject area

  • If the credential is in a subject area that does not correspond with an area that may be listed on a California credential (see subject list above), the candidate must have completed 32 semester units of course work in the California subject area

  • If the subject matter course work has not been completed, a preliminary credential will be issued but the applicant will be required to meet California subject-matter requirements (see Terms and Definitions) before the clear credential will 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-560, entitled Single Subject Teaching Credential -- Requirements for Individuals Prepared Out-of-State [PDF].

Terms and Definitions

How to Apply


I HAVE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION AND AM SEEKING A CALIFORNIA SECONDARY TEACHING CREDENTIAL.

Teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be issued a clear teaching credential in the subject area in which they have received National Board Certification. Individuals meeting this option are exempt from the basic skills requirement and all other credential requirements.

Individuals applying for their clear credential via National Board Certification may apply directly to the Commission for their teaching credential by submitting all of the following:

  1. Photocopy of National Board Certification

  2. Completed application [PDF]

  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 verify subject matter competence in the subject listed on your credential. Depending on the option by which you qualified for the Single 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 Single Subject Teaching Credentials [PDF]




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Updated April 14, 2010