General Credential Information
Prospective students and current credential holders may use the menu of options below to navigate around this page for general credential information.
- Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
- Certificate of Clearance
- CPR Requirement (Adult-Child-Infant)
- Foreign Transcript Evaluation
- Subject Matter Competence (SMC)
- U.S. Constitution Requirement
- Adding Authorizations To An Existing Credential
- Emergency Permit Renewal (CL469 Form)
- Verification of Teacher Certification for Employment Outside of California
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- LCOE Student Success Center
- SJSU Transcript Request
- Test Preparation Resources for CBEST, CSET, and RICA
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [pdf]
The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify, in most cases, that applicants for a credential, certificate, or permit to serve in the public schools of California must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. For credential candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being admitted to a credential program or serving as an intern.
There are alternate options for meeting the BSR besides passing the CBEST exam, see CTC leaflet (CL-667). If you are meeting the BSR with an alternate option other than CBEST, you are required to complete a verification process by an authorized Credential Analyst.
NEW Options for Meeting BSR Effective 7/9/2021 - Assembly Bill (AB) 130 signed by the Governor and became effective July 9, 2021 includes provisions of the bill for creating new options for credential candidates to meet the Basic Skills Requirements (BSR). These new options include coursework or a combination of exams and coursework.
NOTE: BSR Verification approved by SJSU Credential Services are only valid for CTC approved credential programs offered at San José State University. CTC is the final granting authority of the BSR.
The Certificate of Clearance is a document issued by the Commission to an individual who has completed the Commission's fingerprint character and identification process and whose moral and professional fitness has been shown to meet the standards as established by law. Certificates of Clearance issued on or after February 28, 2005 are valid for five years.
The Certificate of Clearance is a two-part process that requires fingerprinting and an online application submission to CTC.
If you are considering enrolling in a CPR course, it must meet the American Heart Association guidelines. The course must include Infant, Child and Adult CPR. Online courses are acceptable.
- Online Course: ProCPR: Community CPR: Online General CPR for All Ages Certification Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED
- American Heart Association | Heartsaver CPR
- American Red Cross | Adult and Pediatric CPR
If you plan to take a course that is not recommended, please check with Credential Services for approval before enrolling in the course to ensure it meets the CPR requirement.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requires all individuals who have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States to obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts/degrees. The evaluation must result in an equivalent U.S. bachelor's or master's degree.
Individuals who hold a master's degree from an accredited U.S. University or College do not need an evaluation of foreign undergraduate course work for CTC, however, it may still be required for admission by SJSU's Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation (GAPE).
SJSU and CTC requires independent evaluation of foreign degrees. See guidelines below.
Individuals applying to the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist Credential Programs must satisfy subject matter competency which may be demonstrated through one of the following options. Additional details are available on the CTC website.
California law requires that all teachers pass a course in the U.S. Constitution before being issued a credential. See options below for meeting this requirement.
Multiple Subject and Single Subject credential holders may obtain additional authorizations without completing full professional preparation programs.
General Education Authorizations
Supplementary and Subject Matter Authorizations
Supplementary and Subject Matter Authorization may be adding to Multiple or Single Subject Credentials. Applications must be submitted directly to CTC for processing.
If you are seeking employment outside of California and require verification of program completion, please complete the following steps below and submit to email@example.com
- Complete the Out-of-State Information Cover Sheet [pdf]
- Pay the $15 processing fee
- Complete a Teacher Certification Form: This form is usually provided by the education department of the state where you are seeking employment.
Note: Your credential will be verified with the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It does not have to be valid, however, if you do not hold a CA credential related to the program for which you are seeking verification, you will be required to submit additional paperwork. Please contact the SJSU Credential Services office for further instructions.
Completion of at least 6 semester units of coursework towards the appropriate credential program is required. The coursework must be completed after the issuance date of the last emergency permit and before the issuance date of the new permit. The original CL-469 form will be returned to you by mail as you will need to submit it to your employer for further processing.
To renew your Emergency Permit, complete steps 1 - 3 below:
- Complete the CL-469 form [pdf]
- Complete the Emergency Permit Information Cover Sheet [pdf]
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
San Jose State University
One Washington Square, Sweeney Hall 445
San Jose, CA 95192-0015