Credentials

The Teacher Education program prepares reflective practitioners who foster intellectual growth, personal development, and multicultural democratic community in their classrooms and schools. Our candidates learn how to provide their students — especially those most vulnerable to injustices — with an equitable, responsive, and empowering classroom experience. Teacher candidates are recommended by USF to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the Preliminary Multiple Subjects or Single Subject Teaching Credential with optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish.

Preliminary Multiple Subject (MS) Teaching Credential

Candidates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential must meet the basic skills requirement through one of the eight options from the Basic Skills Requirement list in the "Teaching Credential Applicants" section here, and demonstrate subject matter competency by passing the Multiple Subjects California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

All credential students also choose and enroll in one of the master of arts programs offered by the Teacher Education department.

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish is open to candidates who satisfy language proficiency requirements. Students must demonstrate satisfactory language proficiency competence prior to enrolling in Bilingual Authorization courses.

In addition, written and oral knowledge of Spanish at an FSI Level 3 ("Able to speak, read, and write in the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate in most formal and informal communications on practical, social, and professional topics.") or its equivalent, must be demonstrated.

Preliminary Single Subject (SS) Teaching Credential

Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject (SS) Teaching Credential, must meet the basic skills requirement through one of the eight options from the Basic Skills Requirement list in the "Teaching Credential Applicants" section here. They must also pass the California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in their subject area. In lieu of the CSET, these candidates may demonstrate competency by providing proof of successful completion of a CTC-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program.