Teaching Application Process

Steps to Follow to Become a California Credentialed Teacher: Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential

  • 1. Passage of California Basic Educational skills Test (CBEST).
  • Verification of Subject Matter which can be done in two ways:
    • Passage of California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in the credential subject area.
    • Complete a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved subject matter preparation program (SMPP) in a core area as an undergraduate.
  • Satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement
  • Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree.
  • Complete a teacher preparation program in secondary education, such as UCR's Graduate School of Education: Teacher Education Program including student teaching and obtain recommendation for the credential by the California institution where the teacher education program was completed.
  • Go to a local police station and get your fingerprints taken.
  • Submit application along with your fingerprints to California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for your Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

California Teach Science Mathematics Initiative
1315 Pierce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4970
Fax: (951) 827-4971
E-mail: smi@ucr.edu

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