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College of Education

Credential Programs

Obtaining the Preliminary Credential

Requirements for the Preliminary and Professional Clear credentials are set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in accordance with state law. Requirements for the Preliminary credential include:

  • 1. a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 2. an approved professional preparation program, including the teaching of reading and student teaching
  • 3. verification of subject matter competence (coursework or examination)
  • 4. passage of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) or an equivalent basic skills test
  • 5. completion of an approved course or examination in the U.S. Constitution
  • 6. demonstration of Level I computer technology proficiency (course or exam)
  • 7. for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates, passage of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)

Graduates of CSULB credential programs meet Commission and program requirements and are recommended for the Preliminary credential by the College.