There are several types of credentials offered by the state of California that students can receive. Students interested in teaching at the Elementary level will be obtaining a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a “self-contained” classroom. The teacher instructs all subjects to the same students on a daily basis.
How long does it take? A bachelor’s degree is between 120-124 units (typically 4-5 years to complete). In addition, a Teaching Credential Program takes approximately 1-2 years to complete.
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Requirements:
- Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
CBEST: Pass the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST). This can be taken at any time, preferable as an undergraduate. To obtain more information about the CBEST, log on to www.cset.nesinc.com
- Professional Teacher Preparation: Complete a multiple subject teacher preparation program, including student teaching. The California college or university where the program was completed must recommend the teacher candidate for the credential.
- Provision and Principles of the U.S. Constitution: Completion of a course in the provisions and principles of our Constitution (Political Science 100 at Cypress College), or passage of an examination in the subject.
- Subject-Matter Competence:
This can be met by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). For more information on the CSET go to www.cset.nesinc.com
- Completion of the Developing English Language Skills, including reading requirements by successful completion of a comprehensive reading instruction course.
- Pass the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA). Cost: $134. For more information on the RICA go to www.cset.nesinc.com
- Character and Identification Clearance: You must submit the appropriate paperwork along with fingerprints to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing. Students with a criminal record are strongly recommended to see Lisa Gaetje, Dean, Social Sciences Division, H-238, (714) 484-7188, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about this clearance.