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: Get approved to do your practicum (student teaching or internship).

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

Step 1: Understand your program requirements

Step 2: Get approved to do 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. It is highly recommended that you meet all required elements within four weeks prior to when the credential is needed or the teaching placement begins, as applicable.

Student Teaching

  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 clearedbefore 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 ClearanceCalifornia residents must apply for their Certificate of Clearance online effective July 1, 2007. Follow the steps below:
    1. Print three copies of Livescan 41-LS formPDF
    2. Submit the three copies of the Livescan 41-LS form and processing fees to the LiveScan operator when the prints are taken (listing of Livescan locations)
    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 $29.50
    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

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 RecommendationPDFwith 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 form.PDF Otherwise, please submit at least one month before program completion.

Note: Master’s students and Master’s/credential students are subject to degree audits, processed by 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 also submit a verification of employment form or check “Certificate of Eligibility” on the application form.