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).

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.