Testing Requirements

The state of California requires all teacher candidates to meet the following requirements in order to earn a credential — Basic Skills Requirement and Subject Matter Requirement.

In order to enroll with the Marshall Teacher Residency, you will need to show evidence of meeting or making progress towards each of these requirements. Legislation passed in July 2021 allows additional flexibility for candidates to waive out of the Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements. We will work with you in the application process to determine if you are eligible to waive these requirements based on past test scores and college coursework.

Basic Skills Requirement

The Basic Skills Requirement assesses basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator. Candidates can meet or waive the Basic Skills Requirement by:

  • Providing an official transcript showing courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the areas of Reading, Writing, and/or Mathematics that earned a B- or better and 3 semester or 4 quarter units
  • Providing official score reports showing eligible SAT, ACT, AP, EPT, ELM, or EAP scores
  • Passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).

Subject Matter Requirement

Subject Matter Requirement demonstrates evidence of discipline-specific understanding in the content area of your credential. Candidates can meet the Subject Matter Requirement by:

  • Passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) exam in your subject area
  • Providing documentation of having completed a Commission-approved subject matter preparation program in your subject area
  • Providing an official transcript showing a college major that is an exact match of your credential area (i.e. English major and English credential)
  • Providing an official transcript showing college coursework that meets or exceeds the domains of the subject matter requirement for your credential area.  Please note that the Marshall Teacher Residency faculty will need to evaluate your coursework to determine if you can waive part or all of the subject matter requirement using college courseowrk.

Curious to learn more?  Check out the Marshall Teacher Residency Testing Checklist for additional details on the testing requirements and required documentation.


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