Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit

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

Candidates must verify their personal and professional fitness for service in public schools through a state and federal review (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 admission to the Teacher Credential Program.

This process can be in progress when you apply, but the clearance must be granted by April 2021 for Fall 2021 admission.

How to Apply

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

  1. Livescan fingerprinting
  2. Online Application with the CCTC (for the Certificate of Clearance) or in person application at the SDCOE (for the Emergency Permit)

 UPDATE  1/15/2021: We have heard that the San Diego County Office of Education is booked into March 2021 for fingerprinting.  You can get this completed at any Livescan location using the 41-LS form below. The Clearance must be granted to be offered admission to the credential programs, so it is best to start this as early as possible.

Apply for the Certificate of Clearance:

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) also offers a helpful video to navigate this application process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK1DkNWNER4&feature=emb_title

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

Apply for the Emergency 30-day Substitute Teaching Permit

Contact the San Diego County Office of Education for details: 858-292-3581.

 

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