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Test Requirements

The information below specifies requirements for meeting basic skills and subject matter competence. If you have any questions, or to learn more about Concordia University Irvine's Teacher Credential Program, please fill out our inquiry form, and we will respond promptly. Visit the CTC Exams website for information, dates, and registration for CSET, and CBEST.

Basic Skills Requirement

Applicants need to provide evidence of meeting basic skills requirement in reading, writing and math before admission to the Preliminary Teacher Credential Program. Evidence of basic skills can be provided in numerous ways including CBEST (California Basic Skills Test), ACT scores, SAT scores, AP courses, and/or college coursework.

For more information on the basic skills requirement, please see:

Subject Matter Requirement

Applicants need to provide evidence of making progress toward subject matter competence before admission to the Preliminary Teacher Credential Program. Subject matter can be met in one of the following ways:

  • Completion of an academic major in the subject area of the credential being sought.
  • Completion of coursework addressing each of the Commission-adopted subject matter domains.
  • Completion of CSET examinations.
  • Completion of a combination of coursework and examination(s) that meets or exceeds the subject matter domains.

For more information on meeting subject matter requirement, please see: CTC Subject Matter Options

"Pursuant to the Title II of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved institutions are mandated to report specific information about their teaching programs. Teaching programs include the preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Teaching Credential, and the Education Specialist Instruction Credential" (CTC, 2021).

Please click here for Concordia University Irvine's Title II report for the Teacher Certification Examination data.

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