Subject Matter Competency
Teacher candidates must demonstrate subject-matter competence in their subject areas. Subject-matter competence must be met prior to student teaching or intern teaching and can be met by examination or waiver program.
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is a series of subject matter examinations for prospective teachers who choose to meet the subject matter competence requirement by taking examinations. Computer-based CSET exams are available year-round by appointment. Scheduling information is available on the website http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com
Multiple Subject Credential Examinations:
Single Subject Credential Examinations:
Education Specialist Subject Credential Examinations:
A candidate for an Education Specialist Credential must demonstrate subject-matter competence, in one of the following subject areas by the passing the following Commission examinations or completing a Commission-approved subject matter program:
Multiple-subject examinations or waiver program
Or Single-subject examinations or waiver program in the following core academic subjects:
- Reading/Language arts
- Mathematics, including foundational-level mathematics
- Science, including foundational-level general science or specialized science
- Social science
- Foreign language
To pass the CSET in a given subject area, a minimum scaled score of 220 must be achieved on each subtest.
Subject Matter Competency Waiver Program
Institutions of higher education may be approved to offer undergraduate subject matter preparation programs. Completion of a subject matter program offered by a Commission-approved institution or passage of subject matter competence examinations satisfies the subject matter requirement necessary to earn a teaching credential.
Learn more about Commission-approved institutions