Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit

On this page: Learn about the Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit for Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements.

Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements - Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit

How to Apply

Candidates must verify their personal and professional fitness for service in public schools through a state and federal review (basically a background check).  This clearance is granted through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Candidates must be granted either a Certificate of Clearance or an Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit prior to start of the Teacher Credential Program:

Download Certificate of Clearance Instructions (PDF)


There are 2 steps in applying for either of these clearances:

  1. Livescan fingerprinting
  2. Application with the CCTC

For questions about this process, contact the CCTC directly at [email protected]

Pros and Cons

Compare the pros and cons of each method:
Certificate of Clearance Emergency Permit
Bachelor's degree can be in progress Must have earned a Bachelor's degree
Requires Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS Fingerprint Form only) and online application to CCTC Requires Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS Fingerprint Form AND Fingerprint Clearinghouse) and online application to CCTC (handled at the San Diego County Office of Education)
Valid for 5 years Must be renewed each year
Does NOT allow substitute teaching Allows you to substitute teach
Must be valid throughout our program and when you apply for your credential Must be valid throughout our program and when you apply for your credential