Skip to main content

Clear Teaching Credential

In addition to the General Requirements an applicant for Clear Teaching Credential must fulfill the specific requirements stated below

Document Packet

All applicants for the general education clear credential program must complete and submit a Document Packet as part of their application. Most of the documents required for the packet are requirements established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for candidates for the general education clear credential. The rest of the documents are required by SCU. Your Document Packet must include the following:

a) Documentation of your California preliminary multiple or single subject teaching Credential

The necessary documentation is available on the CTC website using the “Look up a teacher” function on the home page (Commission on Teaching Credentialing Home). Click the yellow button, and then enter your social security number and date of birth in the specified locations. This will take you to a page titled “Summary of Application Status and Credentials Held.” Scroll down this page to the box labeled “Credentials Held,” and click on the live link for your preliminary credential. This will take you to the “Details of Selected Credential” page. Please print and submit this page. Do not submit the “printer friendly” version that looks like a fancy certificate. 

  • A preliminary multiple or single subject teaching credential is valid for five years from the date     of issuance and cannot be renewed. However, if you hold a preliminary credential that (a) has   already expired or (b) will expire in the near future, you may be eligible for a CTC extension that will enable you to clear your credential. You must be enrolled in a clear credential program to apply for an extension. Regardless of the status of your preliminary credential, please print and submit the page described above; this will allow us to identify candidates who will need assistance in securing an extension.

b) Evidence of employment in a Catholic school

Santa Clara University’s clear credential program is only available to teachers working in Catholic schools (Click Here to see the form).

c) Evidence of your school’s certification by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Please provide a copy of the accreditation documentation provided to your school by WASC.

d) Evidence of ineligibility for participation in a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) program.

Public school teachers clear their credential through participation in a BTSA program sponsored by their district or county. Only teachers who are ineligible for BTSA are permitted to clear their credential through a university-sponsored clear credential program. Please submit the CL-855 form (Click here to download CL-855 form)

e) Description of Route to the Preliminary MS/SS Teaching Credential Information about your previous teacher education experiences and your certification to teach English Learners will help us ensure that you complete all the requirements necessary for your clear credential (Click Here to see the form)