Steps to Earning Your Credential

 

Timeline Information

The process for earning your credential are provided in steps 1-7. The steps should be completed in order. All steps are required for both the School Counseling (Pupil Personnel) Credential and Teacher Credential unless otherwise specified. Specific additional requirements for teacher credential candidates are listed at the bottom of this page.

The final step is to request a credential recommendation. Depending on the credential you are applying for, the process will differ. Please see the tab for your specific credential below.

Additional information on earning the School Counseling (Pupil Personnel) Credential can be found in the PPS Credential Handbook. Additional information on earning the Teacher Credential can be found in the Teacher Credential Handbook

Note: Some steps may require a fee, which will be outlined in each step if applicable. 

Credential Analyst

The SOLES' Credential Analyst is responsible for assuring that School Counseling and Teacher Credential candidates have completed all California State requirements in order to be recommended by SOLES for the credential.

Contact the SOLES Credential Analyst:

James McCarty
jmccarty@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4821
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 224B

Make an appointment with the Credential Analyst via his calendly

Note: If you are looking for a letter of good standing, please contact the Credential Analyst.

Steps 1-7

  • Step 1: Submit Transcripts
  • Step 2: Basic Skills Requirement
  • Step 3: Subject Matter Requirement (Teacher Credential Candidates Only)
  • Step 4: Certificate of Clearance
  • Step 5: RICA (Teacher Credential Only)
  • Step 6: Degree Conferral & Final Grades
  • Step 7: CalTPA (Teacher Credential Only)

Additional Requirements for Teacher Credential

These requirements do not need to be done in any specific order, but do need to be completed by the end of the program. 

A course or examination in the U.S. Constitution is required for all Multiple and Single Subject and Education Specialist credentials. Candidates with Advanced Placement credit must supply the credential analyst with a copy of AP results from the USD Registrar’s Office. USD courses that fulfill this requirement: Political Science 125, History 117.

Alternative options: 

  • A course equivalent to Political Science 125 or History 117
  • BA from a California CSU 
  • Passing scores in the U.S. Constitution Exam

There is a fee to take this exam.

An English linguistics course for English Learner Authorization (ELA) must be completed in the first year of the program. USD courses that fulfill this requirement: EDTE 501P, EDTE 502P-EDTE 509P, EDTE 512P.

Submit copy of valid infant, child, and adult CPR certification (must be valid within 2 years)

Submit proof of negative Tuberculosis reading (must be valid within 2 years)

Final Step: Request Credential Recommendation

Students should request a credential recommendation after ALL requirements are completed.

Please fill out the PPS (People Personnel Services) Credential Recommendation Request form in Tevera so that the SOLES Credential Analysts can begin to recommend you for the PPS Credential with the CTC. Normal review and processing time for the Credential Analyst is 14 days from submission date. 

Please note: Once the Credential Analysts recommends you, you will need to complete the recommendation with the CTC, which will require paying the CTC the credential fee. 

Recommendations submitted to the CTC from an approved program are typically processed within 10 business days by the CTC when no additional review is required.  However, processing time may vary based on volume of requests.

To receive your teacher credential, you must submit the "Request Credential Recommendation" form. This form can only be submitted after you have successfully completed student teaching and your final grades have been posted to your USD transcript.
 
Once the form is approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Learning and Teaching, the Credential Analyst will submit a credential recommendation on your behalf to the CTC. This process typically takes 14 working days.
 
The CTC will email you that they have received the credential recommendation and request your payment for the credential. 
 
After the CTC receives your payment, it will send you an e-mail verification of the credential to print out and show to employers. 
 
Recommendations submitted to the CTC from an approved program are typically processed within 10 business days by the CTC when no additional review is required. However, processing time may vary based on volume of requests.