Adding Authorizations to Multiple or Single Subject Credentials

California Education Code, Section 44225(e) and Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 80499 allow a teacher to obtain an additional teaching credential without completing the full professional preparation program for that credential.

Qualified applicants (those who hold a valid basic teaching credential as defined in California Education Code, Section 44203[e][1]) may obtain an additional multiple or single subject instruction authorization when they complete the following requirements. All course work must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, “pass,” or “credit.”

A Note to Individuals Trained Outside of the United States

In addition to the requirements listed above, individuals trained outside of the United States must also complete a course (two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution, or pass an examination given by a regionally-accredited college or university, unless previously satisfied for another teaching credential issued by the Commission.

Subject-Matter Competence

Subject-matter competence may be verified by one of three methods:
  1. Achieve a passing score on the appropriate subject-matter examination(s). Information, including passing scores and registration, can be found in Verifying Subject-Matter Competence by Examination leaflets CL-674S for Single Subject or CL-674M for Multiple Subject. Complete a Commission-approved subject-matter program, or its equivalent, and obtain verification of completion from the authorized person in the education department of a California college or university with an approved subject matter program (The availability of elementary subject matter programs at California colleges and universities may be limited as these programs continue to be phased out.)
  2. For specialized science subjects only, individuals may take and pass the appropriate subject matter examinations or obtain verification of completion of subject-matter course work from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Information, including requirements and procedures, can be found in Coded Correspondence 03-0010.
The following statutory subjects are available for the Single Subject Teaching Credential:

Biological Sciences (Specialized)
Chemistry (Specialized)
Foundational-Level Mathematics
Geosciences (Specialized)
Health Science
Home Economics
Industrial and Technology Education
Languages other than English (specify)
Physical Education
Physics (Specialized)
Science: Biological Sciences
Science: Chemistry
Science: Geosciences
Science: Physics
Social Science