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General Requirements

The following are general requirements that may be required in addition to your credential program requirements. These requirements, if applicable, must be met and on file in the Credential Center during and/or prior to completion of your credential program and recommendation.

Basic Skills

The California Education Code and Title V Regulations specify, in most cases, that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. For Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential Candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned to daily responsibility for whole class instruction in student teaching or serving as an intern. However, institutions may require the basic skills requirements prior to program enrollment. Please contact your program office for more information.

Options for satisfying basic skills requirement:

Exam English Score Math Score Documentation Accepted
ACT Score 22 or above Score 23 or above

Submit original ACT passing score report

AP

Score 3 or above on one of the following:

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition

Score 3 or above on one of the following:

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics

Submit original College Board passing score report

CBEST

Total score 123 or above

Total score 123 or above

Submit copy of official passing status

CSET

Passing status on CSET subtests 101, 102, 103, and 142

Passing status on CSET subtests 101, 102, 103, and 142

Copy of official passing status

EAP

English and Math statuses of "College Ready" or "Exempt" ("Conditionally" is not accepted)

English and Math statuses of "College Ready" or "Exempt" ("Conditionally" is not accepted)

Submit a copy of emailed letter on Educational Testing Service (ETS) letterhead verifying passage of the exam.

For contact information on obtaining score results, see the ETS (Link) website.

EPT/ELM

Total score of 151 or above on English Placement Test (EPT)

Score of 50* or above on Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)

*ELM tests taken prior to March 2002 required a minimum passing score of 550.

Submit a copy of online score report indicating it has been printed from the CSU EPT/ELM website, or letter on Educational Testing Service (ETS) letterhead verifying passage of both sections.

For contact information on obtaining score results, see the ETS (Link) website.

EAP & EPT/ELM

Combination of EAP and EPT/ELM exams; Candidate must pass an English section AND a Math section

Combination of EAP and EPT/ELM exams; Candidate must pass an English section AND a Math section

See EAP or EPT/ELM category

Out-of-State

See Commission Leaflet CL-667 (Link) for list of approved Out-of-State examinations

See Commission Leaflet CL-667 (Link) for list of approved Out-of-State examinations

Submit copy of score report or letter from testing agency verifying passage of the examination

SAT
  • Score 500 or above on “Critical Reading” or “Verbal”
  • Exam date prior to 04/1995: score 420 or above
  • Score 550 or above
  • Exam date prior to 04/1995: score 530 or above

Submit original College Board passing score report

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Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance is issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to credential program candidates. Title 5 regulations require that an application for Certificate of Clearance be filed to determine whether or not a candidate meets the state standards for character and fitness to teach in California’s public schools. A Certificate of Clearance is valid for five years.

To obtain a Certificate of Clearance, please follow these steps:

Step 1. Complete the fingerprinting process

  1. Go to: www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/fee-and-fingerprint.html
  2. Download the 41-LS form from the table
    1. Complete sections 3 and 4 (sections 1 and 2 should automatically populate)
    2. Print 3 copies
  3. Take the 41-LS forms to an agency providing fingerprinting services.
    1. For all California locations, including the CSULB University Police Department, go to: https://oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations
    2. Your fingerprints will be transmitted electronically to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Step 2. Apply for a Certificate of Clearance

  1. Apply for your document using the CTC Online system at the Commission's website (www.ctc.ca.gov).  Select Educator Login to begin.
    • If you have created an Educator Account after February 2017, please login with your User ID and Password.
    • If you have not created an Educator Account, please use the Create Educator Account link.  Note: When an User ID has been created, it cannot be changed. For security purposes, never use your SSN as your User ID.
      • For resources such as step-by-step videos and helpful tips to troubleshoot login issues, please visit the CTC's Login Help (Link) page.
  2. Continue to the Educator Page, which displays after the Legal Disclaimer and Personal Information pages.
  3. Scroll down to the heading Apply for a Certificate of Clearance or Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate.
  4. Click on Create New to start.
  5. For the General Application Category, click on the arrow and select Certificate of Clearance/Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate from the list.
  6. For the Document/Authorization Title, click on the arrow and select Certificate of Clearance.
  7. Click Next. Note: There is no longer a checklist to review and print.
  8. The next page will display the Disclosure and Professional Fitness Questions (PFQs) page. For additional information on this item, please go to the CTC's website and scroll down to the Complete the Online Disclosure, PFQs and Payment (Link) section.
  9. Continue through the application by completing the Professional Fitness Questions, Oath and Affidavit and Payment.

NOTE: Once the application and payment have been completed, the document will no longer display under the Apply For A COC or ASCC section. For information on how to check the application's status, view the CTC Online - Your Educator Account (Link) and click the Check Your Application Status item.

CPR

Program Standard 10, “Preparation for Learning to Create a Supportive, Healthy Environment for Student Learning,” clearly states that all candidates recommended for a preliminary teaching credential must have CPR certification, which satisfies criteria established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. These areas include infant, child and adult CPR. The CPR requirement must be met through a hands-on, classroom course. On-line courses are not acceptable.

Submit a copy of the front and back of your CPR card to our office for verification. You must sign your card before copying. CPR cards must be valid at the issuance date of the credential. Please note that agencies issue CPR cards with various validity periods, so plan accordingly.

Below is a list of agencies that our office has compiled. You are not limited to these agencies.

U.S. Constitution

California Education Code Section 44335 (Link) requires all candidates for a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist, or Designated Subjects Credential to demonstrate knowledge of the United States Constitution by completing a college-level course, or a college level examination in the subject. This requirement must be completed before the credential can be granted. The U.S. Constitution requirement can be met by successful completion of one of the following:

1. Graduation from a university within the California State University (CSU) system.

2. Completion of a course on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution taken at a regionally accredited college or university.

  • At CSULB, you may take either Political Science 100, or Political Science 391
  • Verify a course taken at another college or university meets the requirement by contacting the Credential Center. Please provide a transcript showing completion of the course and a copy of the course description, if possible.

3. Pass an examination on the Provisions and Principles of the U.S. Constitution offered by a regionally accredited college or university. Institutions offering an appropriate college-level examination are:

Downloadable version of the US Constitution Requirement (PDF)