Exit Requirements: While not admission requirements, the following must be satisfied prior to obtaining a California Preliminary 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 Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT): 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.
2. Passing Score on RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment): This test is taken during the program after your Reading Methods course. MULTIPLE subject candidates only.
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 School of Teacher Education with questions about other courses.
The following courses will meet this U.S. Constitution requirement. This is not an exhaustive list.
| School|| Approved U.S. Constitution Courses|
| SDSU|| AFRAS 170A, HIST 109, HIST 115, HIST 409, HIST 413, CCS 120A, CCS 141A, POLS 102, POLS 305, POLS 320, WMNST 341A|
| HIST 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|
| Southwester 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: http://www.usconstitutionexam.com/
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:
• American Heart Association – (877) 242-4277 or (877) AHA-4CPR www.americanheart.org
• American Red Cross – (619) 542-7400 www.sdarc.org
• A-B-CPR & First Aid Training – (619) 281-3304 www.abcpr.biz
• CPR Today (on-line course) www.cprtoday.com