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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements

Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit

Candidates must verify their personal and professional fitness for service in public schools through a state and federal review (basically… a background check).  This clearance is granted through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Candidates must be granted ONE of the following prior to start of the Teacher Credential Program:

To apply for the Certificate of Clearance:

  1. Download Certificate of Clearance Instructions

There are 2 steps in applying for either of these clearances:
  1. Livescan fingerprinting
  2. Application with the CCTC

For questions about this process, contact the CCTC directly at

To apply for the Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit:

Contact the San Diego County Office of Education for details on applying for this: 858-292-3581.

Pros and Cons:

Certificate of Clearance Emergency Permit
Bachelor's degree can be in progressMust have earned a Bachelor's degree
Requires Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS Fingerprint Form only) and online application to CCTCRequires Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS Fingerprint Form AND Fingerprint Clearinghouse) and online application to CCTC (handled at the San Diego County Office of Education)
Valid for 5 yearsMust be renewed each year
Does NOT allow substitute teachingAllows you to substitute teach
Must be valid throughout our program and when you apply for your credential

Must be valid throughout our program and when you apply for your credential 

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