Credential Office

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How to Apply

How To Become a Teacher...

All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification. Getting a teaching credential in California will require you to fulfill the designated undergraduate coursework, teacher preparation program and standardized testing. California teaching credentials have similar basic requirements, but there are specific requirements for each type of teaching.

Basic Teaching Credentials offered at Cal State Northridge
 There are three types of admission to any of the basic Teaching Credential Programs.  Please review each type here and apply accordingly.
 

How To Provide Non-Teaching Services...

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 prerequisite credential.
 
Services and Specialist Credentials offered at Cal State Northridge
 
 

How to Apply to a Basic Teaching Credential Program

We highly encourage you to visit the following pages as you begin the process of learning about, and applying to any of our credential programs. We also recommend that you meet with one of our knowledgeable advisors to assist you.

Information Session 

We suggest that you start with the information session, as it is a required part of the program application. The session will review the program, application process and pathway options.

Credential Program Application

Here you will find the applications and forms required for the different programs we offer, in addition you will find deadline dates information.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Here you will find answers to the questions candidates most often ask regarding the California teaching credential and the detail of our programs.

Attention: If you have taught in a WASC accredited private school for 3 or more years or if you have been licensed to teach in another state or another country, please contact the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (credentials@ctc.ca.gov or 888-921-2682) before enrolling in a credential program. There are specific state provisions regarding obtaining a California credential that may apply to you.

If necessary, our advisors are available to assist by directing you to the appropriate credential leaflets on the CTC website.

How to Apply to a Services and Specialist Credential Program

Some Services and Specialist Programs may require admission to a Master Degree Program through the specific program department.  Specific admission requirement information can be found at our application page