Required Documentation for Candidate Credential File

The items below are typical items required for a credential recommendation (requirements may vary, see your current program handbook for specific items for your credential type). Forms are available in hard copy outside of the Credentials Office. Please note that progress toward completion of program requirements including academic and statutory requirements is updated in the candidate’s Campus Portal account. If there is any discrepancy in the information you see in your Campus Portal, please see your program advisor or contact the Credentials Office staff.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 40 hours Pre-acceptance Field Experience
  • Certificate of Clearance from the CTC (also known as fingerprint clearance)
  • Basic Skills verification, e.g., CBEST
  • Subject Matter Competency, e.g., CSETTB Test (must be valid within last two years; districts may require a more recent document)
    • To verify English Subject Matter through NDNU’s approved program, please email the Credentials Office
  • TB Test PDF(must be valid within last two years; districts may require a more recent document)
  • Release of Liability FormPDF
  • CPR Training (must cover infant, child and adult CPR; must meet standards of the American Heart Association or American Red Cross).
    Provide legible copy of front/back of card to the Credentials Office. There is no requirement to take the training at a specific locale. Many institutions offer CPR training; All-Care Plus in Palo Alto offers a discount to NDNU students; call 650-424-0204 for info.

    • Note regarding online CPR course: Students are allowed to take an online CPR course only if they have taken and passed a regular non-online CPR course in the past and have an expired CPR card on file. Students who have proof of previous CPR training can take the online course for adults/children/infants through
  • Statutory US Constitution Requirement for TeachersThe CTC accepts three possible methods of meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement:
    1. Examination: NDNU US Constitution Test at (See the credentials analyst for the NDNU student discount), or an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States completed at another regionally accredited community college, college or university. The NDNU online exam includes all the study material you need, plus a practice exam.
    2. Coursework: Two semester unit course on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States:Acceptable NDNU courses:
      PSC 1000-Intro to Am. Gov’t
      PSC 2320-The Constitution
      Hist 2300-American History 1607-1876 AND Hist 2310-American History 1877-Present
      Hist 1658-The New Nation 1776-1836 (focuses on the Constitution and Constitutional issues)Equivalent courses at other universities may be accepted. A complete multi-semester survey of American history may be acceptable; portions of a general survey or single semester history courses not specifically focused on the Constitution are not. Check with the credentials analyst for approval.
    3. CSU degree: A BA/BS degree awarded by a CSU campus (there is no stipulation on the date of graduation or grade received for the course)Note:because the U.S. Constitution requirement at the UC’s may be met by a high school course, which is not acceptable for teacher certification, students with a degree from a University of California (UC) campus or a private independent college or university will need to meet options one or two above.