Step 3: Credential Application

To be eligible for a credential, candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Successful completion of coursework (competency on each student learning outcome, a grade of B- or better on each course, earned credit in clinical practice coursework).
  • Evaluation of Taskstream assignments.
  • Proficiency in the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs).
  • Passage of all state-required examinations, as follows:
    • Passage of the RICA examination is required for candidates who wish to become credentialed for teaching multiple subjects or special education.
    • Passage of CalTPA (Instructional Cycle 1 and Instructional Cycle 2) is required for candidates who wish to become credentialed for teaching multiple subjects or a single subject.
  • Successful submission of CalTPA Instructional Cycle 1 and Instructional Cycle 2 resulting in receipt of official scores is required for candidates who wish to become credentialed as mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities education specialists. If a submission results in a condition code and scores of NS (not scored), the mild/moderate or moderate/severe candidate is responsible for successfully remediating those scores through the Division of Teacher Education.
  • Completion of all other credential requirements.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to submit a credential application through the Office of Credentials upon completion of a credential program to receive their California educator credential. This request may be submitted to the credentials office up to one month before completion of all credential requirements.

NOTE: Teacher candidates in combined master’s and credential programs who have opted to waive coursework will need to take additional units to fulfill the unit requirement. Contact the department for a course elective listing.