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Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Requirements for Teachers Prepared in California

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The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as the classrooms in most elementary schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults. In addition, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential holder may serve in a core or team teaching setting.

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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 is renewed.

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements for the Five - Year Preliminary Teaching Credential:

Degree Requirement

Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree, except in professional education, from a regionally - accredited college or university

Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

CTC Information


Email the Request for Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) Evaluation to In most cases, there is a three (3) week processing time. 

Subject Matter Competency Requirement (SMC)

Subject matter proficiency may be demonstrated through one of the following options:

  1. Completion of a subject matter program approved by the commission.
  2. Passage of a subject matter examination (the California Subject Examination for Teachers or CSET).
  3. Successful completion of coursework at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education that addresses each of the domains of the subject matter requirements adopted by the commission in the content area of the credential pursuant to Section 44282, as verified by a Commission-approved program of professional preparation. 
  4. Successful completion of a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a major in one of the subject areas in which the commission credentials candidates.  
  5. Through a combination of the methods described in clauses (1), (2), and (3) in whole or in part, has met or exceeded each of the domains of the subject matter requirements adopted by the commission in the content area of the credential pursuant to Section 44282 for multiple and single subject credentials, or pursuant to Section 44265 for education specialist credentials. 
CBEST & CSET Test Prep

For candidates who need study materials for the CBEST and CSET, check out this resourceful document

Test Prep Materials


Revised CalTPA by CTC involves two instructional cycles in school placements, focusing on planning, teaching, assessing, and applying with evidence. Learn more.

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  • U.S. Constitution Examination is offered by CSUSB College of Extended and Global Education
  • U.S. Constitution Courses at CSUSB (HIST 1460/1460H or HIST 2000 or HIST 5400 or PSCI 2030/2030H or PSCI 4100 or PSCI 4110)
  • Please Note: Students who obtained their bachelor's degree at a CSU, have met their requirement
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • CPR Sites (American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Health Association) Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily accepting verification of online CPR training.
  • Please be sure the training you receive includes infant, child and adult. 
  • The agency should provide you with a card/certificate that includes their information, your full name, the specific training you received, as well as the issuance and expiration dates.