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 When DeLeT courses are successfully completed and state-mandated tests and TPA’s are passed, all the program requirements are fulfilled to the satisfaction of the faculty and administration, HUC-JIR will recommend the candidate to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for a preliminary multiple-subject teaching credential. The credential document will be finalized approximately two months after the recommendation is made. During that time, however, the State considers you to be credentialed.

Like all new teachers in California, graduates of the DeLeT program must "clear" their credential within five years of receiving it by participating in a two-year program of mentoring and advanced study of their practice. DeLeT alumni are eligible to participate in the DeLeT Induction Program which fulfills this obligation.

What tests does the State of California require?

Candidates for teaching credentials must pass three Multiple Subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) tests and the CSET Writing Exam or CBEST. The CSET fulfills both the subject matter competence and the basic skills requirements of the State. Click here for further information on the CSET and CBEST.

A test on the US Constitution is required, unless you have proof of having passed a college-level course on the US Constitution. The US Constitution test is a multiple-choice exam with a study guide provided with the testing fee. The test can be taken online.

Candidates are also required to take the RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) examination. Click here for further information.

When should I take the CSET, RICA, and US Constitution tests?

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requires all credential candidates to take and pass the 3 Multiple Subject and Writing CSET’s prior to the start of their credential program.

It is recommended that DeLeT fellows take the three CSET multiple subject tests and the writing test or CBEST in two to three sittings prior to the start of DeLeT or during the first summer of the program. CSET and CBEST study guides can be found online or at local bookstores.

Does the State of California have any additional requirements?

Yes. Four Teacher Performance Assessments (TPAs) are required by the State. These are assigned, explained, and discussed in academic courses during the year.

What is "clearance" and how do I get it?

The Certificate of Clearance is state-mandated finger printing and the first step in applying for the California  Preliminary Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. All candidates for the credential must have a certificate of clearance before beginning to work in a classroom. Click here for further information.