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California Credential Requirements

Educators who teach C-STEM Middle School courses in California should have one of the following credentials.

Credential Requirements for Math Courses

• Math 7 with Computing
• Math 8 with Computing

1.    Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics

2.    Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics (FLM)

3.    Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in any content area with a Subject Matter Authorization in Introductory Mathematics – Subject Matter Authorizations are added to Single or Multiple Subject teaching credentials based on 32 semester units of coursework with specified content. These authorizations meet the HQT requirements for NCLB. The Subject Matter Authorization only allows the holder to teach the subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks approved for study in grades 9 and below. This allows an employer to assign a teacher with an Introductory Subject Matter Authorization to teach a class in which the curriculum is for grades 9 and below but the students in the class may be in grades K-12.

4.    Single Subject Teaching Credential in any content area with a Supplementary Authorization in Introductory Mathematics –

Supplementary Authorizations are added to a Single teaching credentials based on 20 semester units of coursework (or 10 upper division/graduate units) with specified content. These authorizations do not meet the HQT requirements for NCLB but teachers not new to the profession often complete the HOUSSE process for compliance. The Supplementary Authorization only allows the holder to teach the subject matter content typically included in curriculum guidelines and textbooks approved for study in grades 9 and below. This allows an employer to assign a teacher with an Introductory Supplementary Authorization to teach a class in which the curriculum is for grades 9 and below but the students in the class may be in grades K-12.

5.    Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Supplementary Authorization in Mathematics –

Supplementary Authorizations are added to a Multiple Subject teaching credentials based on 20 semester units of coursework (or 10 upper division/graduate units) with specified content. These authorizations do not meet the HQT requirements for NCLB but teachers not new to the profession often complete the HOUSSE process for compliance. The Supplementary Authorization when added to the Multiple Subject teaching credential has a different authorization statement than the other authorization types above. It limits instruction in the content area to students in grades 9 and below only. A teacher with this type of supplement may not serve students in grades 10 and above but specific limits on content were never specified so any math content as long as the students are in grades 9 and below. These authorizations have been in place for several decades.

6.    Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with no additional authorization if the teacher is serving in a core setting. Education Code section 44258.1 provides the basis for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorization to provide instruction in core settings in grades 5 through 8. Title 5 section 80003 of the California Code of Regulations further clarifies this section of statute. A Multiple Subject teacher may teach two or more subjects to the same group of students per day in grades 5 through 8. The subjects are not specified so they may core the students for any two or more subjects at these grade levels. For courses such as Algebra the teacher will also need to meet HQT requirements for NCLB. Additionally the teacher may teach any of the subjects he or she already is teaching to a separate group of pupils at the same grade level as those pupils he or she already is teaching for an additional period or periods, provided that the additional period or periods do not exceed one-half of the teacher’s total assignment.

7.    Standard Secondary Teaching Credentials – No longer initially issued. A fair number of teachers may still be serving on this credential.

The holder is authorized to teach the subject or subjects listed as majors and minors in departmentalized classes, and to teach introductory courses within the general area of any subject or subjects listed as majors in grades 7 through 12.

 8.    General Secondary Teaching Credentials (grades 7-12 or 7-14) – No longer initially issued very few teachers still in service on this credential

The holders of these credentials may be assigned to teach any subject within the grades listed on the document.

9.    General Junior High Teaching Credentials (grades 7-9)- No longer initially issued very few teachers still in service on this credential

The holders of these credentials may be assigned to teach any subject within the grades listed on the document. Be aware of the possibility of misassignment when placing a teacher with this credential in a 9-12 school; he or she may not teach above the 9th grade.

Credential Requirements for Elective Courses

• Computer Programming with Ch
• Robotics and Film Production

1.    Single Subject Teaching Credential in mathematics, business, or industrial and technology education (ITE); or

2.    Single Subject Teaching Credential in another subject with a Specific Supplementary authorization in Computer Concepts and Applications – not limited by curriculum grade level may teach grades 12 and below; or

3.    Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Supplementary Authorization in Computer Concepts and Application – Limited to teaching students in grades 9 and below.

4.    Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with no additional authorization if the teacher is serving in a core setting. Education Code section 44258.1 provides the basis for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorization to provide instruction in core settings in grades 5 through 8. Title 5 section 80003 of the California Code of Regulations further clarifies this section of statute. A Multiple Subject teacher may teach two or more subjects to the same group of students per day in grades 5 through 8. The subjects are not specified so they may core the students for any two or more subjects at these grade levels. For courses such as Algebra the teacher will also need to meet HQT requirements for NCLB. Additionally the teacher may teach any of the subjects he or she already is teaching to a separate group of pupils at the same grade level as those pupils he or she already is teaching for an additional period or periods, provided that the additional period or periods do not exceed one-half of the teacher’s total assignment.

5.    Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential in Information Technology (If the course is designated and designed as a CTE course by the local education agency).

6.    Standard Secondary Teaching Credentials – No longer initially issued. A fair number of teachers may still be serving on this credential.

The holder is authorized to teach the subject or subjects listed as majors and minors in departmentalized classes, and to teach introductory courses within the general area of any subject or subjects listed as majors in grades 7 through 12.

 7.    General Secondary Teaching Credentials (grades 7-12 or 7-14) – No longer initially issued very few teachers still in service on this credential

The holders of these credentials may be assigned to teach any subject within the grades listed on the document.

8.    General Junior High Teaching Credentials (grades 7-9)- No longer initially issued very few teachers still in service on this credential

The holders of these credentials may be assigned to teach any subject within the grades listed on the document. Be aware of the possibility of misassignment when placing a teacher with this credential in a 9-12 school; he or she may not teach above the 9th grade.

*This credential information has been compiled and verified by Roxann Purdue, Professional Services Division, Commission on Teacher Credentialing.