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Applying for your Initial Teaching Credential

Spring 2020 Completers

Executive Order N-66-20 (Link) allows flexibility for candidates unable to complete CalTPA and/or RICA due to closures caused by COVID-19. These candidates may be recommended for their Preliminary Credential and will need to complete CalTPA and/or RICA prior to applying for their Clear Credential.

If you have completed all credential requirements or if you still need to complete CalTPA and/or RICA, please follow the steps listed below to be recommended for your Preliminary Credential.

Step 1:

  • Make sure you have submitted all remaining program items to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (surveys, evaluations, etc.)
  • Check that your Spring 2020 grades have posted
  • Check that your degree has posted (if applicable)

Step 2: Once your grades and degree (if applicable) have posted, please email the following items to the Credential Center at CED-Credentials@csulb.edu.

  • Education Specialist, Multiple and Single Subject Request for Recommendation (PDF)
  • Any missing items that were highlighted on your credential evaluation that have now been completed (e.g. CPR, RICA, US Constitution)
  • If missing RICA, please provide proof that you had attempted the examination, registered, or provide a statement as to why you were unable to take the examination during the designated timeframe.

Step 3: Application and Payment

  • A CSULB Credential Analyst will deteremine if your file is complete and submit an online credential recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) within 10 business days
  • Watch for a notification email from the CTC (donotreply @ ctc.ca.gov)
  • Follow the instructions in the email from the CTC directing you to go online to complete the online application (Professional Fitness Questions) and
  • Pay for your credential

Previous Semester Completers

If you completed student teaching prior to Spring 2020, please read Executive Order N-66-20 (Link) for complete information on flexibility for candidates unable to complete CalTPA and/or RICA due to closures caused by COVID-19.

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, for the Preliminary Credential, the outstanding requirement (TPA/RICA) will be deferred to a Clear Credential requirement.  Please be aware that all other credential requirements must be met in order to be eligible.

CalTPA:  Candidates who were enrolled in the program during the academic year of 2019/2020 and were affected by COVID-19 school closures between the dates of March 19, 2020 - August 31, 2020 may request a Preliminary Credential if you can satisfy all of the following requirements, per EO N-66-20:

  • If you completed your student teaching during the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester and were impacted by Covid-19 related school site closures 
  • Were in the process of completing the TPA 
  • Were unable to complete the TPA or did not pass the TPA due solely to school closures
  • Successfully completed all other preliminary teaching credential requirements

RICA:  Candidates affected by COVID-19 school closures between the dates of March 19, 2020 - August 31, 2020 may request a Preliminary Credential if you can satisfy the following requirement, per EO N-66-20:

  • Were unable to complete the RICA due to COVID-19 related testing center closures (must submit proof that you had attempted the examination, registered, or provide a statement as to why you were unable to take the examination during the dates of March 19, 2020 - August 20, 2020).  

If you feel that you meet the above listed EO requirements you will be required to email your request, supporting documentation, and a Request for Recommendation (PDF) to the Credential Center at CED-Credentials@csulb.edu.   A credential analyst (and if necessary your program coordinator) will verify that you are eligible to apply for the Preliminary Credential.  Please allow 10 business days for a response.  If you are eligible, you will receive a credential recommendation email from the CTC (donotreply @ ctc.ca.gov) directing you to go online to complete the application and pay for your credential.  If you are not eligible, you will receive an email from a credential analyst.  The deadline to request a review for your Preliminary Credential is August 31, 2020.

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