U.S. Constitution Credential Requirement

CTC requires all teacher candidates to have knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Teacher candidates are required to participate in coursework or an examination that covers the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution before they can be recommended for a preliminary or intern teaching credential.

Learn more about the U.S. Constitution Requirement from CTC. 


Meet through coursework

Candidates can meet the U.S. Constitution requirement through coursework completed at a regionally-accredited community college, four-year college, or university. CTC has deemed that coursework for this requirement must be met by the grade of “C” or better or a pass, credit, or satisfactory grade.

CTC will not accept AP scores to meet this requirement. 

Students who attend the University of Redlands for their bachelor's degree may fulfill this requirement by taking Introduction to American Politics (POLI 111) or American History to 1877 (HIST 121).

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a California State University (CSU) have met this requirement. 

View approved courses from other institutions that fulfill the US Constitution requirement.


If a student took a course at an institution that is not on the approved list but covered the U.S. Constitution, they may submit the course syllabus or course description from the university's catalog to their academic advisor. The advisor will determine if the course meets the requirement.

Meet through examination

Candidates can also meet the U.S. Constitution requirement by successfully completing the online U.S. Constitution Exam

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