Subject Matter Competency 

According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), teacher candidates must demonstrate Subject Matter Competency in their respective subject areas. Subject matter competency must be met prior to applying for student teaching or internship eligibility, as well as prior to receiving a recommendation for an Intern Teaching credential or a Preliminary Teaching credential. 

 

Submit Evidence of Meeting Requirement

Each student must submit evidence of meeting subject matter competency. To submit evidence, follow the next steps:

Step 1:

Identify how you will meet the Subject Matter Competency according to the options below. 

Step 2:

Obtain official test results, program waiver letter, or official transcripts. Official transcripts must be received by the University of Redlands directly from the accrediting institution. Transcripts provided by students are not considered official. If you have already provided official transcripts, at the point of admission, you may provide an unofficial transcript in this step.

Step 3:

Complete the Verification of Subject Matter Competency form.

Step 4:

Current Students (or recent Graduates who still have MyRedlands access): 

Upload completed Verification of Subject Matter Competency to the File Upload Form. Ensure to select “Subject Matter Competency” as the document title and attach the completed Verification of Subject Matter Competency as well as any supporting documentation from Step 2. If you have questions on how to complete the form, please contact your designated OSS advisor.

Graduates/Alumni (who no longer have MyRedlands access):

Email the completed Verification of Subject Matter Competency form to your designated OSS advisor for transcript review with the following information: full legal name, program, student ID, and term program was completed. 

Applicants/Potential Students:

Upload completed Verification of Subject Matter Competency to your admissions application portal to fulfill subject-matter competency. If you have questions on how to complete the form, please contact your designated assistant director of enrollment. PLEASE NOTE: Transcript review will occur in the first semester of the program. Admission to the program does not imply that subject-matter competency has been met. Students will be asked to resubmit the Verification of Subject Matter Competency form at orientation for additional verification. 

 

Options To Meet The Subject Matter Competency Requirement

 

Option 1) Examination

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is a series of subject matter examinations for prospective teachers who choose to meet the subject matter competence requirement by taking examinations. Computer-based CSET exams are available year-round by appointment. See scheduling CSET information
 
Passing Standards
To pass the CSET in a given subject area, a minimum scaled score of 220 must be achieved on each subtest.
 

CSET Examinations for Multiple Subjects

Information for teacher candidates earning a Multiple Subject teaching credential. 

CSET Examinations for Single Subject

Information for teacher candidates earning a Single Subject teaching credential. 

 

CSET Examinations for Education Specialists

Teacher candidates earning an Education Specialist credential must demonstrate subject-matter competence, in one of the following subject areas by passing the following Commission examinations or completing a Commission-approved subject matter program:

Multiple Subject examinations or waiver program

Or Single Subject examinations or waiver program in the following core academic subjects:

  • English
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Economics
  • Arts
  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • Mathematics, including foundational-level mathematics
  • Science, including foundational-level general science or specialized science
  • Social science
  • Music
  • Foreign language

See more from CTC on Education Specialist subject-matter competence.

Option 2) College Degree

Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher in the respective subject area will qualify as proficiency in the subject area if the following conditions are met:

  • The candidate must have earned a grade of "B" or better (“B-” is acceptable) in upper division/degree applicable coursework.
  • The degree must have been earned at a regionally accredited university.
  • Successful completion of an academic major in the subject area.

For Single Subject credentials, the major must be in one of the subjects named in Education Code section 44257(a)

      • Agriculture
      • Art
      • Business
      • Dance
      • English
      • World Language (in any of the languages for which there is a credential)
      • Health Science
      • Home Economics
      • Industrial and Technology Education
      • Mathematics
      • Music
      • Physical Education
      • Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience or Earth and Space Science, and Physics)
      • Social Science
      • Theater  

At this time, the Commission will also accept applied majors in the single subject credential areas (e.g., Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics) and exact majors in one of the single subject areas that may have additional modifiers (e.g., Biology: Environmental Biology; Art: Art History; and Physical Education: Kinesiology).

 

For Multiple Subject credentials, the major must be in liberal studies or an interdisciplinary major that includes coursework in language studies, literature, mathematics, science, social studies, history, the arts, physical education, and human development.

Liberal Studies degrees as well as Liberal Studies degrees that include any focus or concentration in the title. Examples include, but are not limited to, Liberal Studies: Urban Education and Liberal Studies: Elementary Education.

For Education Specialist credentials, the major must align with one of the acceptable majors for the Multiple Subject credential or Single Subject credential mentioned above.

Transcript Review: 

Degree equivalence will be determined by the Office of Student Success in collaboration with department faculty in line with Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and State policy.   

Option 3) Waiver Program

Institutions of higher education may be approved to offer undergraduate subject matter preparation programs. Completion of a subject matter program offered by a Commission-approved institution or passage of subject matter competence examinations satisfies the subject matter requirement necessary to earn a teaching credential. 

Learn more about Commission-approved institutions

Learn more about the University of Redlands' Music waiver program. 

Students who wish to meet subject matter competency by program waiver must request a letter from the waiver program and upload the letter to the File Upload Form. Ensure to select “Subject Matter Requirement” as the document title and attach the letter. 

Non-degree College-Level Coursework

At this time the University of Redlands, School of Education can only accept college-level coursework if the degree exactly matches one of the subjects named in Education Code section 44257(a). See more above in Option 2) College Degree. 

Per CTC's Program Sponsor Alert 21-20, there is the option to meet subject matter competency with "successful completion of coursework addressing each of the Commission-adopted subject matter domains."

However, "this option is currently available only for use by Commission-approved institutions with Commission-approved subject matter preparation programs, and these educator preparation programs may move forward with implementing this new option in only those subject areas for which the subject matter preparation program has been approved. For example, under this option, a Commission-approved educator preparation program at an institution with a Commission-approved English subject matter preparation program may review prior candidate coursework in the subject area of English and determine that the candidate meets the subject matter requirement in English, but may not do that for the subject of Art if the institution does not also have a Commission-approved subject matter program in Art."

The University of Redlands has a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program in Music but no other subject area. 

Combination of Exams and College-Level Coursework

At this time, the University of Redlands, School of Education does not accept a
combination of higher education coursework and CSET to meet subject matter
competency. This policy is subject to change, based upon future guidance or
requirements provided by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

See this video from the Office of Student Success for guidance.

The presentation slides from the video can be found here.

 

Student Teaching Application or Teaching Internship Eligibility

Subject matter competency must be met prior to applying for student teaching or internship eligibility. CSET exams scores, College Degree, or Program Waiver Letter must be submitted to the student teaching application and teaching internship eligibility application.
 
For students taking the CSET exams, they should schedule exams accordingly to ensure test scores are received prior to the designated application deadlines
 
See CSET test release dates 
See more on Student Teaching and Internship Eligibility