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FAQ

What is a teaching credential?

What is a credential program?

How long is the credential program?

What is the cost of attendance?

If I have a teaching certification in another state or country, can I teach in California?

What is the CTC?

What is subject matter competence and how does it differ from a teacher preparation program?

What is CSET?

What is the CBEST?

What is RICA?

What is a Certificate of Clearance?

What is the admissions process?

Who do I contact to get started?

Does Cal Poly Pomona offer any Advanced Credentials, Added Authorizations, Specialist Credentials, or Certificates?

What is an Administrative Services Credential?

What is an Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization?

What is an Agriculture Specialist Instruction Credential?

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization?

What is a Bilingual Authorization?

What is a Reading Certificate?

What is a teaching credential?

A teaching credential is a state license to teach in a public school setting. The three basic teaching credentials used in Californian schools are the Multiple Subject (elementary school teaching), Single Subject (middle/high school teaching), and Education Specialist (K-12 special education teaching) credentials.

What is a credential program?

A credential program (or teacher preparation program) includes professional course work and practical experience (clinical practice) which develop the skills needed for serving in the classroom. Included in the course work are areas such as teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and classroom management.

How long is the credential program?

The credential programs at Cal Poly Pomona are flexible and accommodate both part-time and full-time students. Programs are designed to be completed in one year of full-time study, after the prerequisite courses are completed and candidates are successfully admitted into the program. A variety of factors can impact the amount of time students take to complete a program. In order to tailor the program and maximize your experience, it is important to consult early with your Faculty Advisor.

What is the cost of attendance?

Please visit the University Financial Services website for current information.

If I have a teaching certification in another state or country, can I teach in California?

If you completed a professional teacher preparation program, including clinical practice and were eligible for certification, please contact the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) directly.

What is the CTC?

The CTC is the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the state agency that administers legislation governing the preparation of teachers in California, sets standards for candidates and programs, and issues credentials. The website for the CTC is www.ctc.ca.gov

What is subject matter competence and how does it differ from a teacher preparation program?

Whereas teacher preparation is knowledge of HOW to teach, subject matter competence is knowledge of WHAT is taught. This requirement is met either by completing specific examinations (CSET) or by taking courses (in addition to the teacher preparation courses) in the academic subject area through a California college or university which has a Commission-approved program for that subject area.

What is CSET?

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET™) is the examination option to the subject matter competence requirement. The Multiple Subject CSET exam is required for all Multiple Subject credential candidates. Education Specialist and Single Subject credential candidates have the option of passing the appropriate series of CSET exams or meeting subject matter competence via coursework. Consultation with a Credential Analyst is recommended.

What is the CBEST?

Previously, the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) was the most popular route candidates selected to verify they had met the basic skills requirement with regards to reading, writing and mathematical skills. While it continues to be the most popular route to meet this requirement, there are several other options available to candidates, and these can be viewed on the Pearson website:http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/ .

What is RICA?

The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) is an examination designed to ensure that prospective Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates have acquired the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective reading instruction for K-8 students. This exam must be passed before credential can be issued and should not be attempted prior to completion of methods courses in Reading and Language Arts.

What is a Certificate of Clearance?

A Certificate of Clearance (COC) is a document issued by the CTC. Before beginning classroom observation hours and clinical practice, all individuals must obtain either a Certificate of Clearance or hold a certificate or permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Certificate of Clearance requires both fingerprint clearance and completion of the Personal and Professional Fitness questions. For instructions on how to apply for the COC, please refer to the CTC website.

What is the admissions process?

There are two steps to admission. First, acceptance into the university is required. An online graduate application to the university should be submitted online at www.csumentor.edu these applications are processed by the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Admissions and Outreach. Second, upon acceptance into the university, you will enroll in prerequisite coursework and complete the Program Admissions Packet. The Program Admissions Packet shall be submitted directly to the Credential Analyst by the established deadline for the quarter you wish to begin core courses.

NOTE: If you are an undergraduate student who was accepted into the Credential Program PRIOR TO graduation, please remember you will need to reapply to the university as a graduate student (www.csumentor.edu) one to two quarters prior to graduation, in order to continue with the credential program without interruption.

Who do I contact to get started?

To ensure there are no interruptions to your program, view or attend an Orientation, then make an appointment with the Credential Analyst to address any questions or concerns.

Does Cal Poly Pomona offer any Advanced Credentials, Added Authorizations, Specialist Credentials, or Certificates?

Apart from the Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialist programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers the following: Administrative Services Credential, Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization, Agriculture Specialist Credential, Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization, Bilingual Authorization, and a Reading Certificate.

What is an Administrative Services Credential?

Administrative Services Credentials authorize the holder to provide the following school services in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults:

    • Develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs
    • Evaluate certificated and classified personnel
    • Provide students' discipline
    • Provide certificated and classified employees discipline
    • Supervise certificated and classified personnel
    • Manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services
    • Recruit, employ, and assign certificated and classified personnel
    • Develop, coordinate, and supervise student support services

What is an Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization?

The Adapted Physical Education (APE) Added Authorization allows an individual to teach special needs students who are precluded from participating in a general education physical education program or a specially designed physical education program as determined by the local level special education assessment. The APE \Added Authorization is an add-on authorization for the holder of a valid prerequisite credential.

What is an Agriculture Specialist Instruction Credential?

Specialist Instruction Credentials authorize the holder to teach or provide services in the area of specialization listed on the credential. All specialist instruction credentials require the individual to complete a Commission-accredited program in the area of specialization, or an equivalent preparation program at a regionally-accredited institution outside of California.

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization?

The Autism Authorization allows holders of Levels I and II Mild/Moderate and other credentials to work with K-12 students (up through age 22) with autism spectrum disorders. The Added Authorization in ASD is required by CTC for teachers who (1) work with students with autism spectrum disorders; and (2) have any of the following credentials:

    1. Level I or Level II Mild/Moderate credential
    2. Level I or Level II Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential
    3. Level I or Level II Visual Impairments credential
    4. Level I or Level II Physical and Health Impairments credential
    5. Old Learning Handicapped (LH), Physical Handicaps (PH), Communication Handicaps (CH), Visual Handicaps (VH) credentials (Ryan)

What is a Bilingual Authorization?

The Bilingual Authorization is an authorization that you can add on to a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist credential. It permits you to develop students' first and second languages in the subjects and grade levels authorized by your credential. At Cal Poly Pomona the Bilingual Authorization is available in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

What is a Reading Certificate?

The Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to assess student reading and provide reading instruction in response to those assessments. Certificate holders may perform the following services at one or more school sites at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite teaching credential:

    • Develop and implement reading curriculum
    • Adapt reading content curriculum
    • Assist classroom teachers in these areas