The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify that in most cases applicants for any credential, certificate, or permit to serve in California public schools must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential, certificate, or permit will be issued. For Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned daily responsibility for whole-class instruction in student teaching or serving as an intern.
Based on California Education Code Section 44252 and 44252.6 candidates must complete the Basic Skills Requirement through one of eight available options:
Sections from different examination options may not be combined; candidates must pass one option in its entirety. However, candidates using only the CSU examinations to meet the basic skills requirement may combine scores from the EAP and the EPT/ELM examinations as long as the candidate passes a section of English and a section of mathematics. Regardless of the option used, once a basic skills examination is passed, the score is valid indefinitely.
Please see Coded Correspondence 15–03 , dated March 10, 2015, on the CTC website for more information about these different examination options.
As of June 9, 2021, the following additional option for satisfying the basic skills requirement is also available:
On June 9, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the Education Trailer Bill AB 130 (Chap. 44, Stats. 2021). One key provision added a coursework option to the manner in which educator preparation candidates may demonstrate basic skills proficiency. This new provision allows Commission-approved educator preparation programs to verify that a candidate has demonstrated basic skills proficiency by accepting qualifying college level coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as long as the following conditions are met:
The coursework for satisfying BSR must meet the following:
The following coursework is NOT acceptable:
Please see Coded Correspondence 21–05 , dated July 22, 2021, on the CTC website for more information about these different examination options.