Student Resources

This is a great resource for all current and future educators. You may also find useful links below regarding requirements to our program and the process of obtaining a credential.

Student Resources

Admissions Requirements

Preliminary Credential Requirements

Prior to being recommended for a preliminary credential, all candidates must meet the following California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements.
Certificate of Clearance (COC)

All credential candidates must have current fingerprint records and an approved background check on file with the CTC. Fingerprint information (COC).

Obtain a Request for Live Scan Services Form. The Request for Live Scan Services Form is available at

Complete the Live Scan (fingerprinting) process at a local law enforcement agency For Live Scan locations near you visit:

Apply for a COC using the online application process found on the CTC website.

Upon receipt of the email from the CTC that your Certificate of Clearance has been granted, please forward email to Graduate Admissions, if you are not yet admitted, OR to Carolyn Shaw (Credential Analyst), if you are already enrolled.

Tuberculosis (TB)

Risk Assessment, TB test or chest X-ray. Results must be current within 4 years of entering student teaching.

San Rafael campus at the Student Health Center. The cost is $10, or free to Kaiser members with a valid insurance card.

Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire, TB test or chest X-ray. TB Test Clinics

Child and Adolescent Development (CAD)

All candidates are required to complete a course in Child and Adolescent Development as a co-requisite requirement, this course must be completed prior to the end of the first semester. An approved course must cover these areas: major concepts, principles, theories and research related to: (a) child and adolescent development (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical); (b) human learning; and (c) social, cultural, philosophical, and historical foundations of education. Approved CAD courses

Basic Skills (CBEST)

All credential Candidates must meet the Basic Skills (CBEST) Requirement prior to admission into the Teacher Preparation program.

Basic Skills may be met by any of the following methods:

  • The CBEST
  • The Multiple Subject CSET plus the CSET Writing Skills subtest
  • The College Board SAT (English score of 500 or above and a Math score of 550 or above)
  • The ACT (English score of 22 or above and a Math score of 23 or above)
  • College Board AP Examinations (Scores of 3 or above, contact Admissions for approved exams)
  • CSU EAP ("College Ready" or "Exempt")
  • CSU Placement Exams (EPT score of 151 or above and a ELM score of 50 or above)
Subject Matter Competency (CSET)

Is met by receiving passing scores on the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or through the completion of a Commission-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program (secondary only) in the subject area for which they are seeking a credential. (Subject Matter Waiver)

All graduate candidates are required to take all sections of the CSET by the end of the 1st semester in their credential program. Undergraduate candidates are required to take all sections of the CSET by the end of their junior year. The majority of the subtests must be passed by August 1st. All subtests must be passed prior to Student Teaching or an Internship. Alternatively, scores must be verified through by a Dominican staff or faculty.

All test scores must be verified through by the Department.

US Constitution

All candidates must verify that they have met the U.S. Constitution requirement by receiving "C" or better in a course that covers the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution (at least two semester units or three quarter units) or a passing score on an examination in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution given by a regionally accredited college, or university. The U.S. Constitution Exam at Dominican  also satisfies this requirement.


All candidates must verify that they have received training in CPR for adults, infants and children by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross prior to receiving their credential recommendation.

Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA)

Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credential candidates are also required by California Education Code to pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) before they are recommended for a preliminary credential.