Exit Requirements

Learn about additional exit requirements for those applying to the Preliminary Credential Program.

 Preliminary Credential Admissions Requirements - Exit Requirements

The following are not admission requirements, but they must be satisfied prior to obtaining a Preliminary California Teaching Credential. Candidates who have not satisfied these requirements must take the appropriate coursework or examination while completing the teacher credential program.

1. Passing the edTPA Teaching Performance Assessment

This is a performance exercise required only for Multiple and Single Subject credential students in Teacher Education (STE) and Dual Language (DLE) that you will be working on throughout our program.  You will be required to receive a passing score on all parts of this assessment to be eligible for a California credential.

2. Passing Score on RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment)

This test is taken during the program after your Reading Methods course.  Multiple Subjects, Special Education Mild/Moderate and Special Education Moderate/Severe candidates only.

3. U.S. Constitution

All credential candidates are required to verify completion of a collegiate-level course or examination covering the principles and provisions of the United States Constitution.  If you are a California State University (CSU) graduate, you have automatically met this requirement.  Typically this requirement is satisfied by a general education course covering the colonial period of American history (through 1820) or a course covering American government and politics.  A grade of credit, “C” or better must be earned. The U.S. Constitution requirement for credentialing purposes may be different from the graduation requirement for the bachelor’s degree. Contact the Office of Student Services (EBA 259, [email protected]) with questions about other courses.

The following courses will meet this U.S. Constitution requirement (this is not an exhaustive list):
School Approved U.S. Constitution Courses
SDSU AFRAS 170A, HIST 109, HIST 413, CCS 120A, CCS 141A, POLS 102, POLS 305, POLS 320, WMNST 341A
Grossmont/ Cuyamaca HIST 106, HIST 114, HIST 118, HIST 180, POLSCI 121
San Diego Community Colleges (City,  Mesa, Miramar) BLAS 140A, CHIC 141A, HIST 109, HIST 115A, POLI 102
Southwestern College AFRO 110, HIST 100, HIST 110, HIST 121, MAS 141, PS 102
You may also take the U.S. Constitution exam online, through the University of Notre Dame de Namur.


4. CPR Training

Before completion of the credential program, all candidates must have proof on file of current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that covers infant, child, and adult CPR skills. Training must meet the standards of the American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross (ARC). Candidates must submit a scan of their CPR card (both sides) issued by the training agency.

Please contact the following organizations for information on CPR training:

5. Health Education Course:

Special Education credential candidates only are required to have completed a Health Education course with a C or better in the past 5 years. At SDSU this course is TE 280 and has been previously known as HHS280 and TE 296. Check with your advisor to see if you have met this requirement with another course.