A credential is a license issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to persons wishing to legally teach or perform certain other professional services in California's public schools. USC is one of several institutions authorized to recommend qualified persons to the CCTC for receipt of credentials.
There are three categories of credentials offered in the Rossier School: teaching, specialist and service. Requirements for these credentials may be obtained by calling the appropriate phone number listed below. Credential requirements may change due to state law. Students are advised to consult periodically with the Rossier School of Education for current credential requirements.
Teaching CredentialsMultiple Subject Teaching (MST) authorizes the holder to teach many subjects within a self-contained classroom. This classroom situation is generally found in preschool and elementary grades.
Single Subject Teaching (SST) authorizes the holder to teach a specific academic area. This classroom situation is generally found in junior and senior high schools.
Multiple and Single Subject Teaching with a Bilingual Emphasis in Spanish (BCLAD) authorizes the holder with bilingual capabilities to teach multiple (or single) subjects to a bilingual student population.
For inquiries, contact Undergraduate and Teacher Education Programs, (213) 740-3471.
Specialist CredentialThe Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential authorizes the holder to teach hearing-impaired students, 0-22 years of age. For inquiries, contact the program director, (213) 821-3147.
Service CredentialAdministrative Services Credential authorizes the holder to serve as a superintendent, associate or assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor, consultant, coordinator, or in an equivalent or intermediate level administrative position. This is a two-step credential program.
Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling Credential authorizes the holder to develop, plan, implement and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal and social development; advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students; provide school-wide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services; provide consultation, training and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students' needs; and supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in Education Code Section 49600.
For inquiries, contact the program director, (213) 740-3265.