Credential Office

Academic Programs

There are three major categories of credentials available at California State University, Northridge: teaching, services, and specialist. All CSUN credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For admission requirements and application click here.

Basic Teaching Credentials

  • Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary Education)
  • Single Subject Credential (Secondary Education)
  • Education Specialist Credential (Special Education)

General Education Induction Program

The General Education Induction Credential Program is designed for individuals who hold a preliminary teaching credential and have, or will have, a full-time teaching position in a school/school district.  Individuals who are not currently employed as a K-12 teacher may still be accepted into the program providing an appropriate educational setting can be secured.

Services Credentials

Individuals providing school services such as administration and pupil personnel must hold a credential authorizing that service. Services credentials offered are Administrative Services, School Nurse (currently inactive at CSUN), Pupil Personnel Services in School Counseling and School Psychology, and Speech-Language Pathology in Language, Speech and Hearing.

Specialist Credentials

Many public school specialists must earn a credential or certificate authorizing service in their area of specialization; some of which are dependent upon the applicant holding a Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential. The Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential program is anticipated to begin Fall 2015.