California Education Code requires that all candidates for a teaching credential must demonstrate they are proficient in the subject matter area of their intended credential. Recent action by the Governor and the Legislature on AB 130 (Chapter 44, Statutes of 2021) has expanded the ways in which candidates may demonstrate subject matter proficiency. The Department of Liberal Studies at CSULB provides evaluations for Elementary Subject Matter Competency, for use with Teacher Credentialing. See below for options.
Liberal Studies Majors at/from CSULB
This information pertains to students who earned or are earning a Liberal Studies Bachelors Degree through CSULB.
The Liberal Studies Program at CSULB is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-Approved Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program. Students who complete the current required curriculum of the Liberal Studies program at CSULB are eligible to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Teacher Credentialing through completion of the Subject Matter Preparation Program or Degree. Students who graduate from the Liberal Studies program at CSULB will not need to provide Multiple Subjects CSET scores in the state of California for proof of Elementary Subject Matter Competency.
To request proof of Elementary Subject Matter Competency, submit a request below.
Official Letters for Employers or Other Programs: If a student needs to obtain an official Elementary Subject Matter CSET-Waiver Letter as proof of Subject Matter Competency for an employer or other programs at other institutions, students may contact the Department of Liberal Studies directly at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu to request an Official Letter signed by a Credential Analyst.
Liberal Studies Majors from Other Institutions
This information pertains to students who earned a Liberal Studies Bachelors Degree at Another Institution (not CSULB).
CSULB is no longer completing evaluations for Liberal Studies graduates from other institutions for proof of Elementary Subject Matter Competency. Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed by the Governor and became effective on July 9, 2021. Provisions of the bill create new options for credential candidates to meet the subject matter competence requirement. One of the options for demonstration of subject matter includes completion of an academic major in the subject area of the credential being sought.
- Multiple Subject Candidates: Liberal Studies degrees as well as Liberal Studies degrees that include any focus or concentration in the title.
- Education Specialist Candidates: The academic degree major must be in one of the subject areas listed for either Multiple Subject (Liberal Studies) or Single Subject candidates.
- Master’s or doctoral degrees completed by a candidate in the exact area of the credential being sought may also count as verification of subject matter competence.
Other Majors or Graduates at/from CSULB
This information pertains to students who earned a Bachelors Degree in an area other than Liberal Studies from CSULB or at another institution. Students who earned a degree from another institution must be attending CSULB at the time of the evaluation. A CSULB ID Number is required to be evaluated by our campus at this time.
Assembly Bill (AB) 130 added several additional options for candidates to demonstrate subject matter proficiency to the existing options. Other new options for demonstration of subject matter include the following:
- Completion of coursework addressing each of the Commission-adopted subject matter domains.
- Completion of a combination of coursework and examination(s) that meets or exceeds the subject matter domains.
The Department of Liberal Studies will provide coursework evaluations for Elementary Subject Matter Competency for individual Multiple Subject CSET subtests and subject matter domains. Students who graduated from CSULB and/or are attending CSULB, and did not earn a degree in Liberal Studies, are welcome to submit a request for an evaluation to determine if they meet competency for select Multiple Subject CSET subtests. Through the evaluation results, a student will either be provided proof of Elementary Subject Matter Competency via select exams/domains if approved, and/or will be notified of missing domains for eligibility of proof through CSULB. Methods or Pedagogy courses may not be used as part of subject matter evaluation competency; must be degree-applicable coursework (not pre-baccalaureate).
Please note - If you will not be completing a CSULB Credential Program, the acceptance of the CSULB domain evaluation and verification is solely at the discretion of your Preliminary Credential Program Sponsor. Candidates are encouraged to speak to their program sponsor prior to requesting a CSULB evaluation.
To Submit an Evaluation Request for Coursework in place of Multiple Subject CSET Subtests:
STEP 1: Review our ESM Evaluation Request Guide (PDF) for step-by-step instructions.
STEP 2: After reviewing the PDF Guide (above), begin the evaluation request by clicking the button below.
Interdiscplinary Degrees: For individuals who believe they hold an approved interdisciplinary degree that includes coursework in the content areas pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 44282, refer questions to the Credential Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Degrees: Candidates whose degree is from outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated prior to an evaluation. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved organization in order to be accepted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). These organizations are private enterprises who charge a fee for their services. Agencies approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for foreign transcript evaluation: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf (PDF)
If there are questions about this information, feel free to email us directly at Ced-LibSt@csulb.edu.