Credentialing for Teachers

Resources to prepare candidates to teach in Green Dot California

Whether they have spent years in the classroom or are new to the profession, Green Dot hires teachers who are committed to our mission with a passion for excellence.


Glossary of Credentialing Terms

Credentialing information often relies on acronyms to describe the organization or evaluation. Reference the glossary of terms below to better understand the material on this page.

CTC – California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

TEP – Teacher Education Program

C-PPST – Computerized Pre-Professional Skills

PIP – Provisional Internship Permit

CSET – California Subject Examinations for Teachers


Join the Teaching Profession

Understand the Qualifications Required to Earn a Teaching Credential

If you do not hold a teaching credential, but you are interested in teaching at a Green Dot School, you may be eligible for a permit which will allow you to teach while pursuing your credential.


In order to be considered for a teaching position, you must have fulfilled two requirements:


  1. Basic Skills Requirement: Proof of completion of one of the basic skills requirements
  2. Subject Matter Competency: Proof of subject matter competency

Basic Skills Requirement – Candidates must complete the basic skills requirement through one of the eight available options:

Exam Name

What score do you need to pass?

California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

A score of 41 in each of the three CBEST sections—reading, writing, and mathematics.

Note: a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total score is at least 123.

Multiple Subjects, Plus Writing, Skills Examination (CSET)

Passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination (subtests I, II, and III) in combination with the CSET: Writing Skills Examination.

California State University Early Assessment Program (EAP)

Demonstrating proficiency on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections). For use of the EAP, individuals must achieve a score of “College Ready” or “Exempt” for both Math and English.

Demonstrate proficiency on the California State University (CSU) Placement Examinations

Demonstrating proficiency on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections). For use of the EAP, individuals must achieve a score of “College Ready” or “Exempt” for both Math and English.

Qualifying SAT Score

A score of 500 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading exam and a score of 550 or higher on SAT Math exam

Qualifying ACT examination

A score of 22 or higher on the ACT English exam and a score of 23 or higher on the ACP Math exam

Achieve the minimum acceptable scores on selected College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations

A score of 3 higher in one of the following:

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Calculus AB or BC exam
  • AP Statistics exam

Core Academic Skills (out of state skills exam, variable by state)

The Core Academic Skills assessment from states outside of CA may be accepted. The best way to find out what test from your state will be accepted by the CTC is to refer to the listing on the CTC leaflet CL667 (Pages 6-13)

Subject Matter Competency – Candidates must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the subject matter he/she wishes to teach by meeting one of the following requirements:

Evidence of Subject Matter Competence

Passing Requirements

California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)

Candidate must pass 3 to 4 subtests in the subject they wish to teach

Subject Matter Competency Waiver

Candidate must have a letter/form of subject matter verification form from their TEP. This is usually only given by Cal State Universities if the candidate meets the university’s criteria.

Semester Unit Verification (Transcripts)

Candidate must have:

18 or more units of the specific subject they wish to teach OR 9 upper level units of the specific subject they wish to teach.

Need a Teaching Credential?

Apply to the Green Dot Adelante Accelerated Credentialing Program and begin your career as a full-time classroom teacher in Fall 2017

Check Your Eligibility for Hire

Take the Green Dot Credential Quiz and see if your credentials and qualifications make you eligible for hire at Green Dot Public Schools.

Credentials and Permits that make you eligible to teach in a Green Dot classroom


California Teaching Credential FAQ