Prerequisites of the Credential Program

CPR Certification

CPR Certification

Your CPR training needs to take place at an in-person class, and it needs to cover adult, infant, and child CPR. Online CPR training will not be accepted. CPR cards need to be valid throughout the duration of your time at your placement school (approximately end of August through middle/end of June). You won’t need a CPR card until the credential program starts, so with this in mind, it’s usually wise to complete your CPR training in July prior to entering the program.

Depending on the company conducting your CPR training, your CPR card may be valid for one or two years. Red Cross CPR cards are good for one year from the date of training, and CPR cards through Medic One or the American Heart Association are good for two years. Locally, both the Humboldt Fire Department (707-445-4900 or http://www.hfd1.org/cpr.html) and the Red Cross in Eureka (707-443-4521 or http://www.redcross.org)  frequently offer CPR training. You are not required to complete First Aid Training.

College Placement Test Scores instead of CBEST

College Placement Test Scores instead of CBEST

In 2009, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved a new option of meeting the Basic Skills Requirement. Previously, the only way Secondary Education applicants had to meet the requirement was through the CBEST. Now you can also use college placement test scores to meet the Basic SKills Requirement, which exempts you from taking CBEST.

That being said, we highly recommend taking the CBEST instead of using placement test scores for several reasons. First off, the CBEST is relatively inexpensive ($40), and is valid throughout your entire lifetime; you’ll never need to retake it. Secondly, before you’re hired as a teacher many schools will ask to see your CBEST passing certificate, so it’s easier to have that ready than to verify your test scores.

If you want to use college placement test scores instead, you will need to contact the program coordinator for advising beforehand to find out if you qualify. For Special Education, contact Peggy Kirkpatrick at 707-826-5795. For Elementary Education and Secondary Education, contact Bryn Coriell at 707-826-5108.

One important thing to note is that not all college placement exams qualify. You need to have passing scores on either the Early Assessment Program(EAP) Math and English sections or passing scores on the CSU system’s Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT). Please keep in mind that you can’t combine sections from different exams… You need to have passed both the English and Math components of EAP or both the ELM and EPT.

If you have questions about how to reorder test score reports, please see this document for more information. If you are having original score reports reprinted, we highly recommend ordering at least two copies, as you’ll be required to turn in one to the credential program and you should keep one for your own records. 

Certificate of Clearance

Certificate of Clearance

Prior to being allowed into any classroom to complete observations, fieldwork, or student teaching, you must obtain a Certificate of Clearance* through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This process is separate from the Blue Card process, meaning you will not be able to use your Blue Card Live Scan results in lieu of obtaining a Certificate of Clearance. 

This process can take up to 6 weeks to complete, so please apply for your Certificate of Clearance early!

You will need to complete all steps of the process listed in the instructions.

Certificate of Clearance Application & Instructions

*Exemption - It is not necessary to obtain a Certificate of Clearance if you can present a copy of a VALID California Certificate or Credential issued by the CTC such as an emergency sub permit, PIP, STSP, Children's Center Permit or Adult Vocational Education Credential.

All previous LiveScans completed for educational or employment purposes are NOT accepted towards the Certificate of Clearance unless you currently hold a document issued by the CTC.

Please contact Sarah Green for any questions or concerns regarding your Certificate of Clearance.

Computer Competency

Computer Competency

If you’re interested in saving money, here are a few pointers… If you’re currently a full-time student here at HSU, take EDUC 285 before you graduate. That way you can complete the computer requirement without paying anything extra beyond full-time tuition. If you’re currently a student elsewhere, check with your college/university to see if they offer an equivalent course you can enroll in.  (Remember: any equivalent course must state that it meets Level 1 competency,  approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing – check with us if you’re not sure.)

If you’re not currently a student, an inexpensive route to meeting computer competency is taking EDUC 120 online at College of the Sequoias (http://www.cos.edu); the cost is about $73. San Jose State University also offers a Technology Exam for around $65,  but you have to go to their campus to take it in person.

Taking both subtests of the CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology (PET) exam is another option; it costs $210 total. Keep in mind that if you are planning on taking the PET exam to meet computer competency, the PET exam is not offered on every test date, so you will need to check the CSET schedule and plan ahead. 

CSET and CBEST

CSET and CBEST

We highly recommend taking CBEST and CSET early. If you wait until the last test date and fail to pass these tests, we cannot admit you to the program. Also, if you start early on taking the CSET,  you may break up the subtests and take them on different dates; this allows you to make use of the entire testing period for one subtest. Be sure to hang on to your CBEST and CSET original score reports, which will be mailed to you. You will need to turn these in to the Credential Programs Office after you are accepted.

US Constitution

US Constitution

In order to receive a teaching credential, you will need to show proof of passing a college level exam or course that includes at least 2 semester units on the principals and provisions of the US Constitution.

Here at HSU, the qualifying US Constitution courses are: PSCI 110, PSCI 210, PSCI 359, and PSCI 410. At College of the Redwoods (our local community college), PSCI 10 is also an approved equivalent course. You may also take an equivalent course from another California community college or university.

If you haven’t taken a Constitution course as part of your undergraduate work, either taking a course at a community college or taking a US Constitution exam are very cost-effective routes. Many community colleges also offer an online Constitution course option.

You can contact HSU’s Testing Center at 707-826-3611 to sign up to take the Constitution exam here on campus. County Offices of Education throughout California also offer Constitution exams. The Humboldt County Office of Education can be reached at 707-445-7000. Notre Dam de Namur University also offers an approved online Constitution Exam at http://www.USConstitutionExam.com. Currently, the cost is $85.

If you’re planning on meeting the Constitution requirement via exam, please plan ahead to ensure that the test date you’ve selected allows time for processing and grading of your exam. HSU’s Testing Center generally doesn’t offer the exam over the summer. Once you’ve passed the Constitution exam, you’ll need to turn in an official letter from the testing center verifying that you passed. 

Oath of Loyalty

Oath of Loyalty

In order to receive your teaching credential, you will have to sign a statement agreeing to the following:

Oath or Affirmation of Loyalty to State – Nation and to be Disaster Service Workers

All certificated employees must affirm that they support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of California,  and the laws of the United States and the State of California. This oath or affirmation is a licensing requirement of Education Code 44334 and must be filed with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

All public employees are declared by law to be disaster service workers and thus shall take the oath or affirmation required for disaster workers before beginning employment with a district. In the event of natural, manmade or war-caused emergencies which result in conditions of disaster or extreme peril to life, property and resources, all district employees are subject to disaster service activities as assigned to them by their supervisors or by law. (Government Code 3100-3102)