Steps To Get Your Teaching Credential

The teacher credentialing process at NDNU can best be thought of in three distinct steps:

Step 1: Get admitted to the program: contact the Graduate Admissions Office. Understand your program requirements.

Step 2: Complete your foundation courses and pass CBEST and CSET. Get approved to advance to student teaching or internship.

Step 3: Complete your fieldwork, courses and remaining exams and apply for your credential.

Step 1: Understand your program requirements

Step 2: Get approved to your practicum (student teaching or internship)

To help with your planning, the checklists below may be used as reference as to what is required to obtain full clearance for either student teaching or the University Internship Credential. Contact your placement coordinator early in the process and meet all required elements by the deadlines.

Student Teaching

Requirements for Student Teaching: Checklist
  1. CBEST: Submit passing CBEST scores (Basic Skills verification)PDF
  2. CSET: Submit passing CSET scores (Subject Matter Competency)PDF
  3. CTC Certificate of Fingerprint Clearance:Get your fingerprints cleared by the CTC: a certificate of clearance or previous credential must appear on the Commission’s online database. While many students will have previous clearances through districts or private schools (even if you did LiveScan), fingerprints must be cleared through the CTC before student teaching — this may require you do the fingerprinting process again. If you are not sure whether you need to re-do the process, check the CTC’s Look-up and Status page. If you are not there, you must complete the process. Having merely done LiveScan fingerprints and submitted a follow-up clearance application electronically is not sufficient, as the CTC regularly sends applications to the Division of Professional Practices for review, for any number of reasons which they do not disclose to us. Professional Practices reviews normally take 4-6 weeks. Therefore, you should be certain to submit both your LiveScan fingerprints and your follow-up electronic application early enough prior to consideration for student teaching to insure that your application will be fully cleared before the placement coordinator begins the process of securing or confirming your placement. Please note that this is a straightforward legal requirement. No exceptions, waivers or accommodations of any sort will be considered.How to apply for the Certificate of Clearance 
    1. Print Livescan 41-LS formPDF
    2. Submit  Livescan 41-LS form (with CTC codes pre-printed in the top section) and processing fees to a LiveScan operator when your prints are taken (listing of Livescan locations). Complete an extra form and have it signed by the LiveScan operator if you want a copy for your records.
    3. Navigate to the Commission’s Online Direct Application Site
    4. Complete the online application; be sure to apply for the Certificate of Clearance, not a credential
    5. Using a VISA or Mastercard debit or credit card, complete the authorized transaction fee of $50
    6. Immediately following the successful submission of the online application, an email will be sent containing a confirmation number and a link to the Track Payment web page

    The normal processing time for the fingerprint and character and identification process via LiveScan is one to three days. If the application is pending review by the Commission’s Division of Professional Practices, the online file will indicate that the application is “pending additional evaluation.”

    Certificates of Clearance issued on or after February 28, 2005 are valid for five-years. Individuals may view the status of their Certificate of Clearance application on the Look-up and Status page. Online applications submitted prior to 4:00 p.m. PST will display on the website the following day at approximately 2:00 p.m. PST or later.

    When requirements for issuance of the Certificate of Clearance are completed, an e-mail will be sent informing the individual that the document has been granted and can be viewed in 48 hours on the Look-up and Status page.

    * Specific credential requirements can be found within the Credential Requirements section of this website.

  4. Negative TB TestPDF (must be valid within last 2 years; districts may require a more recent document for employment purposes)
  5. Sign ‘Release of Liability’ FormPDF
  6. Verify early field experiencePDF

University Internship Credential

Requirements for University Internship Credentials: ChecklistPDF

Step 3: Complete your courses and exams, apply for your credential

To apply:

  1. Submit the $35 audit fee to the Business Office (see application form instructions for exemptions)
  2. Submit the Application for Credential Recommendation below with fee stamp if appropriate, to the Credentials Office, along with any outstanding documentation or exam verification required for your credential.

Deadline: Generally, there is no deadline. However, if you want to participate in Spring Graduation Ceremonies, submit by February 1, along with Petition to Walk formPDFOtherwise, please submit at least one month before program completion.

Note: Master’s-only students and students enrolled in BOTH the credential and Master’s program must complete NDNU degree audits the Registrar’s Office. Degree audits have strict deadlines with financial penalties as applicable. Please be sure to find out the deadlines that apply to you, and submit your degree audit form early in the academic year you intend to complete the degree.

Administrative Services candidates must signal whether you are applying for a preliminary ASC (which “starts the 5 year clock” to get a clear) (appropriate if you have secured an administrative job requiring the ASC credential) or the “Certificate of Eligibility”, a placeholder of sorts, which verifies completion of requirements and protects you against future CTC requirement changes, and allows you to later convert the CofE into a preliminary credential upon employment.