Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed by the Governor and became effective July 9, 2021. Provisions of the bill create new options for credential candidates to meet the Subject Matter and the Basic Skills Requirements (BSR). The bill does not waive the requirement.
New Basic Skills Requirement Options
Individuals may meet the requirement by passage of courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as outlined below. Courses must have been taken at a regionally-accredited college or university for credit, passed with a grade of B or better, be degree applicable, and be at least 3 semester units (or equivalent quarter units).
- For reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
- For writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
- For mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
In addition, Commission approved programs may use a mix and match from available options for candidates as well. For example, a candidate who has passed the CBEST subtests in reading and writing but not mathematics may use the two passed CBEST subtests and coursework that meets the mathematics criteria as listed above so long as the candidate earned a B or higher in that course and it was taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Detailed information for meeting the BSR can be found on the following link Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (ca.gov)
Current CSUN Credential Students: If you have not met the BSR and would like to use coursework or a combination of exam and coursework, you will need to complete a evaluation request form and submit to our office. The form and instructions can be found on the following link.
Prospective Students: We will not be evaluating for BSR for non CSUN Credential students. All prospective students will need to verify BSR at the time you submit a program application for admission.
New Subject Matter Competence Options
Previously, to meet the Subject Matter Requirement, candidates must have either received a passing score on the applicable CSET examination or completed a Commission-approved subject matter waiver program. AB 130 expands the available options to allow candidates to meet the Subject Matter Requirement through any one of the following methods:
- Successful completion of coursework, as verified by a Commission-approved program of professional preparation that addresses each of the Commission-adopted domains of the applicable subject matter requirements. (This option is currently not available at CSUN. Due to the complexity of these changes the CTC will be developing guidance for programs to conduct coursework evaluations. Until then we are not offering any course evaluations).
- Successful completion of an academic major in the subject they will teach.
- For Single Subject credentials, the major must be in one of the subjects named in Education Code section 44257(a).
- For Multiple Subject credentials, the major must be in liberal studies or an interdisciplinary major that includes coursework in the content areas identified in subdivision (b) of California Education Code section 44282
- For Education Specialist credentials, the major must align with one of the acceptable majors for the Multiple Subject credential or Single Subject credential.
- The current statutory language does not provide leeway for the acceptance of closely related subjects; the degree major match must be exact. Review the following link for a list of acceptable academic degrees.
3. A combination of coursework and examination options that meet or exceed the domains of the subject matter requirements. Such mixing of options may only be done by candidates enrolled in a Commission-approved preparation program that allows for this option. (This option is currently not available at CSUN. Due to the complexity of these changes the CTC will be developing guidance for programs to conduct coursework evaluations. Until then we are not offering any course evaluations).
Current CSUN Credential Students: If you have not met the Subject Matter requirement and would like to use your academic degree major, you will need to complete a evaluation request form and submit to our office. The form and instructions can be found on the following link.
Prospective Students: We are currently not evaluating coursework for subject matter. All prospective students will need to submit verification of subject matter at the time you submit an application for admission.