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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements

Exit Requirements

The following are not admission requirements, but they must be satisfied prior to obtaining a Preliminary California Teaching Credential. Candidates who have not satisfied these requirements must take the appropriate coursework or examination while completing the teacher credential program.

1. Passing the edTPA Teaching Performance Assessment

This is a performance exercise that you will be working on throughout our program.  You will be required to receive a passing score on all parts of this assessment to be eligible for a California credential.

Read more about edTPA

2. Passing Score on RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)

This test is taken during the program after your Reading Methods course.  Multiple subjects candidates only.

Read more about RICA

3. U.S. Constitution

All credential candidates are required to verify completion of a collegiate-level course or examination covering the principles and provisions of the United States Constitution.  If you are a California State University (CSU) graduate, you have automatically met this requirement.  Typically this requirement is satisfied by a general education course covering the colonial period of American history (through 1820) or a course covering American government and politics.  A grade of credit, “C” or better must be earned. The U.S. Constitution requirement for credentialing purposes may be different from the graduation requirement for the bachelor’s degree. Contact the Office of Student Services (EBA 259, with questions about other courses.

The following courses will meet this U.S. Constitution requirement.  This is not an exhaustive list.  

SchoolApproved U.S. Constitution Courses
SDSUAFRAS 170A, HIST 109, HIST 115, HIST 409, HIST 413, CCS 120A, CCS 141A, POLS 102, POLS 305, POLS 320, WMNST 341A
Grossmont/CuyamacaHIST 108, HIST 114, HIST 118, HIST 180,  POLSCI 121
San Diego Community Colleges
(City Mesa, Miramar)
BLAS 140A, CHIC 141A, HIST 109, HIST 115A, POLI 102, POLI 103
Southwestern College
AFRO 110, HIST 100, HIST 110, HIST 121, MAS 141, PS 102

You may also take the US Constitution exam through the University of Notre Dame.

4. CPR Training

Before completion of the credential program, all candidates must have proof on file of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that covers infant, child, and adult CPR skills. Training must meet the standards of the American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross (ARC). Candidates must submit a scan of their CPR card (both sides) issued by the training agency.

Please contact the following organizations for information on CPR training:


U.S. Constitution Exam

CPR Training

College of Education Office of Student Services