Pathway to Credentialing

If you have successfully completed a credential program, you are eligible to apply for the credential. Click on the appropriate Credential Application. Complete the application (and attached verification forms, if necessary) and return to your designated advisor. Your original signature is needed on the application. Once all materials are submitted our professional staff will recommend you for your credential. 

Please contact your advisor for questions

Preliminary Teaching Credentials

Students must complete all listed requirements before credential recommendation 

  1. Completed credential application
  2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution*
  3. Evidence of Basic Skills Requirement*
  4. Current Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC*
  5. Evidence of negative TB test result within the last two years
  6. Evidence of successful CSET or Subject Matter Wavier
  7. Evidence of the U.S. Constitution requirement 
  8. RICA passed (multiple subjects and EDSP only) 
  9. All TPA cycles passed
  10. Valid CPR certificate (infant, chaild and adult)
  11. All teacher-prep coursework completed (grades posted)
  12. Clear student account

*admission requirement 

Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Counseling

Students must complete all listed requirements before credential recommendation 

  1. Completed credential application
  2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution*
  3. Current Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC*
  4. Evidence of basic skills competency *
  5. All program coursework completed (grades posted)
  6. Fieldwork hours verification completed (grades posted)
  7. Program completion verification form
  8. Clear student account 

*admission requirement 

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

Students must complete all listed requirements before credential recommendation 

  1. Completed credential application
  2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution*
  3. Current Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC*
  4. Evidence of basic skills competency *
  5. Evidence of a California teaching or basic services credential. Prerequisite credential must be a clear or life credential 
  6. Letter from the district verifying 5-years of employment
  7. Verification of Employment form CL-777
  8. All program coursework completed (grades posted)
  9. Clear student account
  10. Cal APA Cycles effective fall 2018 (non-consequential), required effective fall 2019

*admission requirement 

An individual who has completed requirements above but does not have an offer of employment in an administrative position may apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, which verifies completion of all requirements for the preliminary credential and authorizes the holder to seek employment as an administrator. The Certificate of Eligibility has no expiration date. 

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Clear Administrative Services Credential

Students must complete all listed requirements before credential recommendation 

  1. Completed credential application
  2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution*
  3. Current Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC*
  4. Evidence of basic skills competency *
  5. Possess a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential 
  6. All program coursework completed (grades posted)
  7. Letter from the district verifying 2-years of successful employment in a full-time administrative position in a California public school, nonpublic school, or private school of equivalent status, while holding the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
  8. Clear student account

*admission requirement 

Additional Resources

Please read all instructions carefully so you will understand the recommendation and issuance process. After we have recommended you for the credential, you may contact the Commission on Teacher Credentialing at www.ctc.ca.gov if you have questions concerning the issuance process.

US Constitution Credential Requirement

To be eligible to be recommended for the Preliminary Teaching Credential or the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, candidates must meet the U.S. Constitution requirement. 

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may fulfill this requirement by taking Introduction to American Politics (POLI 111) or American History to 1877 (HIST 121). 

View courses from other institutions that approved to fulfill the US Constitution requirement.

RICA

To be eligible to be recommended for the Preliminary Teaching Credential, Multiple Subjects or the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Compentence Assessment.

RICA Preparation Materials

Practice test and content specification

RICA Notebook study guide & video

CPR Certification

To be eligible to be recommended for the Preliminary Teaching Credential or the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, candidates must have a valid CPR certificate that includes infant, child and adult. 

The online Pro First Aid course is the only online course that is accepted. 

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