California Teaching Credential

You must have a California Teaching Credential to become a mathematics teacher in a California public school. California has set requirements for this credential that ensure that teachers in every classroom are qualified and ready to teach mathematics to diverse student populations. UCLA offers alternatives for some of these requirements.

California Credential Requirement

Alternative at UCLA

Subject Matter Competence

Candidates for a CA Single Subject Credential in Mathematics must demonstrate “subject matter competence” by achieving a passing score on California’s three-part Subject Examination for Teachers in Mathematics (CSET) or by completing a CA-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program.

Subject Matter Preparation Program

The UCLA Math Department has a
CA-approved Subject Matter Preparation Program
in Mathematics. Upon completion of this program, students request a letter of completion from the UCLA Mathematics Department which verifies their “Subject Matter Competence.” Note: Completing the Math for Teaching Major fulfills the requirements of the Subject Matter Preparation Program.

Pedagogical Competence

Candidates typically complete a year of coursework in a post-baccalaureate CA-approved teacher credentialing program.

Take and Pass:

Math 73SL, Math 74SL, and Math 103ABC to begin accruing these hours as soon as possible. Later, enroll in Math 105ABC and other education coursework as part of Math For LA to complete your 600 hours.

Clinical Competence

Candidates must complete 600 hours of supervised clinical practice.

UCLA’s Math For LA

A fast track program to complete some or all of the coursework for a CA Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics as an undergraduate.

US Constitution Test

Test based on the United States Constitution and the California State Government

Take and pass one class from:

Hist 13A/B/C – History of the US and its Colonial Origins
Hist 143A/B/ – Constitutional History of the United States
Pol Sci 40 – Intro to American Politics

California Basic Skills Requirement

Obtain a qualifying score on the CBEST, AP Exams, the SAT, the ACT, the CSU EAP Exam, or CSU Placement exams.



California education code requires that all individuals who seek to obtain California credentials receive fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation