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New Ways to Meet Basic Skills and Subject Matter - August 2021

Basic Skills Requirement: Great News! College Coursework may now be used to meet the Basic Skills Requirement. This means that you may not need to take part or all of CBEST. Please read all of the information and directions carefully before submitting transcripts for evaluation: https://www.csudh.edu/coe/resources-links/meeting-the-basic-skills-requirement

Note: The evaluation of coursework should be done with the CTC approved program that will be recommending you for a credential so please only submit coursework if you have completed or plan to complete a credential program at CSUDH. The official paperwork to apply for a credential, including the verification of basic skills, is done by the credential analysts from the program you have completed and the CSUDH form will only be valid for CSUDH candidates.

Subject Matter:  Subject Matter is required to receive a preliminary credential in California. Please see information about the various ways to meet subject matter, including the expanded options under AB 130.

As soon as guidance has been released on evaluating coursework for subject matter and CSUDH has set up this process, we will let everyone know.

Students who have already completed subject matter from a CTC-approved subject matter Program in California and have the letter verifying the completion of the program may continue to use this letter to meet subject matter.

About the College

In the College of Education (COE) at California State University, Dominguez Hills, we prepare teachers, counselors, and school leaders who are committed to equity and racial justice. We believe that educators, in all roles, have the ability to improve the lives of children through greater access to educational opportunities. We are committed to preparing our students to become effective, impassioned collaborators in ensuring that every child has every opportunity to learn, to grow and to thrive.

Through a wide range of degree and credential programs led by dedicated and experienced faculty mentors, we are preparing the next generation of qualified, exceptionally prepared, inspired and committed educators that our communities and children deserve.  Our commitment to diversity is reflected in the fact that our full-time faculty is majority-minority, and more than 70 percent of our graduate students are people of color who reflect the diversity of Los Angeles.

The COE offers a wide selection of programs, enrolling approximately 600 undergraduate and 500 post baccalaureate and graduate students. In each of these programs, students will encounter individualized academic advising and step-by-step guidance to program completion or degree, low faculty-to-student ratios, and dedicated, mentoring faculty with real-world experiences.

Liberal Studies [click here]

  • BA in Liberal Studies
    • Designed for Future Teachers
    • CTC-approved Elementary Subject Matter Program
    • Integrated Teacher Education Programs (leading to BA and credential)

Teacher Education [click here]

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential Program (K-8) [click here]
  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential Program [click here]
  • Bilingual Authorization [click here]
    • Embedded in credential program (as an option)
    • Certificate in Dual Language Learning
  • MA in Education 
    • Dual Language Learning Option [click here]
    • Curriculum and Instruction Option [click here]
    • Option to complete credential simultaneously 
  • Teacher Induction Program (leading to clear credential) [click here]

Special Education [click here]

  • MA in Special Education
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Special Education)
    • Early Childhood
    • Mild/Moderate
    • Moderate Severe
  • Teacher Induction Program (leading to clear credential)

Counseling (Graduate Education) [click here]

  • MS in Counseling 
    • School Counseling Option
    • College Counseling Option
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • Added Authorization for Child Welfare and Attendance

School Leadership (Graduate Education) [click here]

  • MA in School Leadership
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program
  • Induction/Clear Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) [click here]


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