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The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. However, a teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach any subject in his or her authorized fields at any grade level (preschool, grades K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adult). All candidates who complete their teacher preparation through a Commission-approved teacher preparation program in California must be formally recommended for the credential by the college or university where the program was completed. Programs will vary slightly from college to college, but all programs will include specific requirements established by the Commission. An overview of requirements is provided below
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State Of California
Commission On Teacher Credentialing
Box 944270

Sacramento, CA 94244-2700

(888) 921-2682
E-mail:credentials@ctc.ca.gov

Website: www.ctc.ca.gov

SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL
Requirements for Teachers Prepared in California

The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the
credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. However, a
teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach any subject in his or her authorized
fields at any grade level (preschool, grades K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adult).

All candidates who complete their teacher preparation through a Commission-approved teacher preparation
program in California must be formally recommended for the credential by the college or university where the
program was completed. Programs will vary slightly from college to college, but all programs will include
specific requirements established by the Commission. An overview of requirements is provided below.

The statutory subjects available for Single Subject Teaching Credentials are as follows:

Agriculture
Industrial and Technology Education
Art
Languages other than English (specify)
Biological Sciences (Specialized)
Mathematics
Business
Music
Chemistry (Specialized)
Physical Education
English
Physics (Specialized)
Foundational-Level General Science
Science: Biological Sciences
Foundational-Level Mathematics
Science: Chemistry
Geosciences (Specialized)
Science: Geosciences
Health Science
Science: Physics
Home Economics
Social Science

Requirements for the Preliminary Credential
The preliminary credential is issued for a maximum of five years. If requirements for the clear credential are
not completed before the expiration of the preliminary, the holder will be unable to teach in California’s public
schools with that credential until those requirements are met and the document renewed.

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements for the Five-Year Preliminary Teaching Credential:
1. Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally-
accredited college or university
2. Satisfy the basic skills requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills
Requirement for additional information.
3. Complete a Commission-approved teacher preparation program including successful student teaching
and teaching performance assessment, and obtain a formal recommendation for the credential by the
California college or university where the program was completed


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4. Verify subject matter competence by one of the following three methods:
a. Achieve a passing score on the appropriate subject-matter examination(s). Information, including
passing scores and registration, can be found in Commission leaflet CL-674S entitled Verifying
Subject-Matter Competence by Examination.
b. Complete a Commission-approved subject-matter program or its equivalent and obtain
verification of completion from the authorized person in the education department of a California
college or university with an approved program
c. For Specialized Science subjects only, individuals may take and pass the appropriate subject
matter examinations or obtain verification of completion of subject-matter course work from the
Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements and procedures may be found in Coded
Correspondence 03-0010.
5. Satisfy the Developing English Language Skills, including Reading requirement by completing a
comprehensive reading instruction course that includes the following: the systematic study of
phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding; literature, language and comprehension; and diagnostic
and early intervention techniques
6. Complete a course (two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the
U.S. Constitution or pass an examination given by a regionally-accredited college or university
7. Complete foundational computer technology course work that includes general and specialized skills
in the use of computers in educational settings

Requirements for the Clear Credential
Individuals who complete a professional teacher preparation program and receive a five-year preliminary
credential must earn a clear credential by completing one of the following three options:

Option 1
Complete a Commission-approved Professional Teacher Induction Program through an approved school
district, county office of education, college or university, consortium, or private school. The induction
program includes the advanced study of health education, special populations, computer technology, and
teaching English learners.

Individuals applying for the clear credential under Option 1 must submit their application through their
approved induction program sponsor.

Holders of SB 2042 preliminary credentials issued on or after August 30, 2004 must complete Option 1.
Holders of SB 2042 preliminary credentials issued prior to August 30, 2004 may complete either Option 1
or Option 2.


Option 2

Complete a fifth year of study completed at a California college or university with a Commission-approved
teacher preparation program, securing that institution’s formal recommendation for the clear credential.
The following must also be verified with the application for the clear credential:
• advanced course work in health education that includes, but is not limited to, nutrition; the
physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics, and drug abuse; and the use of
tobacco
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• advanced course work in the laws, methods, and requirements for providing educational
opportunities to special populations in the regular classroom
• advanced course work in computer technology including the use of computers in educational
settings
• advanced course work in teaching English learners (effective July 1, 2005)

Option 2 is only available to holders of SB 2042 preliminary credentials issued prior to August 30, 2004.
Holders of SB 2042 preliminary credentials issued on or after August 30, 2004 must complete Option 1.


Individuals applying for the clear credential under Option 2 must contact their California college or
university and obtain a formal recommendation. If an individual opts to complete the fifth year, and the
advanced study course work, the course work must be completed after the issuance date of the Five-Year
Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

Option 3
Teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be issued a
Clear Teaching Credential in the subject area in which they have received national certification. (See Table
1) National board Certification must be in the subject area listed on the preliminary credential.

Individuals applying for the clear credential under Option 3 may apply directly to the Commission for a
clear teaching credential by submitting all of the following directly to the Commission office.
1. Photocopy of National Board Certification
2. Completed application (form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed
LiveScan receipt (form 41-LS). Out-of-state residents have the option of submitting two fingerprint
cards (FD-258) in lieu of a LiveScan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint
processing fees must accompany the application packet.
3. Application processing fee



Private School Experience
Individuals who have three or more years teaching experience in a private school should refer to the information
leaflet titled Single Subject and Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials – Requirements for Teachers with
Private School Experience
(CL-834) for information on additional ways to qualify.







Reference: California Education Code, Sections 44251, 44252, 44259, 44280, 44281, 44283, 44310, and 44335; and Title 5,
California Code of Regulations, Sections 80413 and 80424



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TABLE 1
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
National Board Certification
National Board Certification
Early and Middle Childhood Certificate in Art, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Certificate in
Art
Early Adolescence Certificate in English Language Arts, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in English
Adolescence and Young Adulthood Certificate in English
Language Arts
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Certificate in
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in
Career and Technical Education
Industrial and Technology Education
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Certificate in
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in
World Languages Other Than English
Languages Other Than English (specify language)
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood in Health
Single Subject Teaching Credential in Health Science

Early Adolescence Certificate in Mathematics, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in
Mathematics
Adolescence and Young Adulthood Certificate in
Mathematics
Early and Middle Childhood Certificate in Music, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Certificate in
Music
Early and Middle Childhood Certificate in Physical
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical
Education, or
Education
Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Certificate in
Physical Education
Early Adolescence Certificate in Science, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential*
Adolescence and Young Adulthood Certificate in Science
Science: Biological Sciences
Science: Chemistry
Science: Geosciences
Science: Physics
Early Adolescence Certificate in Social Studies-History, or
Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social
Science
Adolescence and Young Adulthood Certificate in Social
Science-History

* Teachers holding National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in the area of Science
will be issued the specific California science authorization based upon an out-of-state credential or official
transcripts from a regionally-accredited college or university

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