If you are a first-time applicant and have never applied for a document it is recommended that you create a CTC Online Educator Profile prior to submitting a paper application.
|Step 1.||The Application Form|
Applicants applying directly to the Commission should completeApplication Form 41-4.
Note: You must have a United States issued Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for certification.
|Step 2.||Fingerprint Clearance|
First-time applicants must submit a completed Live Scan receipt (California residents) or fingerprint cards (residents from outside of California)
|Step 3.||Required Supporting Documentation|
Include the official documentation required to prove your eligibility for the document requested. See below for the Commission's Official Supporting Documentation Policy before gathering your supporting documentation.
Visit the Credential Requirements page for specific document requirements.
B. Applicant Disclosure
Applicants must fully and accurately answer all six of the professional fitness questions in Section 4 of Application Form 41-4. If you answer yes to any question, you must complete the corresponding Professional Fitness Explanation Form and include it, along with any required documents, in your application packet.
|Step 4.||Application Fees|
Submit required fees with the application. Fees may be submitted as a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to CTC.
Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Each Credential type requires a separate application form 41-4 and processing fee. Place the application forms together with all supporting documentation behind them. You may submit one check, placed on top of the applications, to cover all of the fees. When applying for more than one credential, be sure to request only one credential type on each application form.
Official Supporting Documentation Policy
The table below provides guidance on which materials are acceptable as photocopies and which must be original.
|Documentation That Must be Original||Documentation That Can Be Photocopies|
Other Helpful Information
- Transcripts should always be sent directly to you so that they can be submitted with your completed application packet. Do not have your college or university send transcripts separately to the Commission.
- Transcripts do not need to be sealed in their original envelope to be considered "official". The Commission encourages applicants to open their transcripts and verify that all required information, such as degree conferral date, is present.
- When submitting photocopies of documentation such as out-of-state credentials or CPR cards remember to include copies of both the front and back of the document.