In July 2021, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved new and more accessible ways for incoming teachers to pursue the teaching profession.

Aspiring teachers can now use relevant collegiate-level coursework to meet the subject matter requirements in lieu of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).

In the past, aspiring teachers would have to take and pass all appropriate CSET examinations or by completing a commission approved program to pass CSET requirements.

The coursework for satisfying the CSET must meet the following:

  • Single Subject credentials: the major must be in one of the subjects of single subject credential defined in statute
  • Multiple Subject credentials: the major must be in liberal studies or an interdisciplinary major that addresses all the content areas of the Multiple Subject credential
  • Education Specialists: the major must meet the Multiple Subject requirements or be in a subject aligned to authorized CSET examination content areas used for an Education Specialist credential

Additionally, aspiring teachers can use a combination of options to pass CSET requirements. For example, you can pass two or three CSET subtests in addition to using prior coursework.

Scholar+ fellows in one of the SY2021-22 cohorts should plan to have passed the CSET or fulfilled the subject area requirement by February 11, 2022.

For more information, you can read TK-12 Education Trailer Bill here.