U.S. Constitution Credential Requirement

CTC wants 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.

Meet Requirement 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.

It is the student's responsibility to provide proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution Requirement through coursework. Please email oss@redlands.edu stating the course taken, the institution it was taken at, and a copy of transcripts from the institution. 

Meet Requirement Through Examination

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

Once the exam is passed, please email your certificate of completion to oss@redlands.edu.


Teaching Interns or Preliminary Credential Applicants

- If applying for a Teaching Internship, applicants must submit proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution as part of their application. This proof and all other application materials must be submitted before the designated deadline.

- If applying for Preliminary Credential, candidates must ensure that proof of meeting the U.S. Constitution is on file. If proof has not been previously submitted, please email oss@redlands.edu


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