Frequently Asked Questions

How is elementary school teaching, and middle or high school teaching different?

When teaching elementary school, most of the subjects are taught by the same teacher in one classroom. Elementary school teacher candidates will need to obtain a multiple-subject teaching credential, after receiving a bachelor's degree from a college or university.

Single-subject teachers will teach one subject in which they are authorized to teach. These teachers will usually (not always) major in the subject they wish to teach. Then, they will need to complete a single-subject teaching credential that corresponds to the subject that is desired to be taught.

What do I need to do to prepare to become an Elementary School Teacher?

There are many steps involved in becoming an elementary school teacher. The Teacher Preparation Program at Cypress College has put the essential information you need to know about becoming an elementary school teacher, please click here to access that information.

What do I need to do to prepare to become a Single-Subject School Teacher?

Much like becoming an elementary school teacher, there are various steps involved in becoming a single-subject teacher. For a summary of what is involved in the process, please click here for more information.

What is the CBEST?

The CBEST stands for the California Basic Educational Skills Test. The CBEST is a series of tests that were developed to meet the requirements for credentialing and employment for teachers. There are three parts to the CBEST - reading, writing, and mathematics. The cost is $41, and there is only one test for all three sections. Please visit the CBEST website for more information.

Who must take the CBEST?

Anyone who is applying for a first teaching credential (single or multiple-subject), or services credential, or you are applying to a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or applying for an emergency teaching permit.

What does CSET stand for?

The CSET stands for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers.

Who takes the CSET?

Both multiple and single-subject teacher candidates must take and pass the CSET tests that correspond to what you want to teach. The fees for taking the CSET vary; for the multiple-subject CSETs, the cost is $70 per subtest (there are 3 in total). For single subject CSETs, the cost is $70 per subtest (the amount of tests varies by subject). Please visit the CSET website for more information.