In spring 2004 the California State Board of Education adopted regulations for the implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). These regulations require that elementary teachers who are "new to the profession" pass a CTC-approved subject matter examination. CSET: Multiple Subjects is the current CTC-approved elementary subject matter examination for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates have two options to meet the NCLB requirement: completing a CTC-approved single subject matter preparation program or passing a CTC-approved subject matter examination, currently the CSET: Single Subjects. Recently, Education Specialist Instruction Credentials were also reviewed in conjunction with NCLB. Individuals applying for the preliminary Education Specialist credential must either satisfy elementary subject matter through an examination, currently the CSET: Multiple Subjects, or a core academic area by an approved subject-matter program or examination (see Coded Correspondence 11-04 at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/notices/coded/2011/1104.pdf ).
Individuals who are seeking enrollment in or who are currently enrolled in Multiple Subject and/or Single Subject Teaching Credential and/or Education Specialist Instruction Credential programs are encouraged to discuss the NCLB subject matter requirement with the credential analyst at their institution. Individuals currently holding Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching or Education Specialist Instruction Credentials may contact their employer concerning NCLB subject matter compliance issues. For the most up-to-date information regarding the implementation of the federal NCLB teacher requirements for California, see the California Department of Education's website at www.cde.ca.gov .