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Credential Student Resources

This page includes forms pertain to all credential student resources. You should receive program specific information in our classes. For program specific information, please contact the program faculty. All credential programs at CSUSM follow and prepare teacher candidates to meet the standards for teaching profession set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). 

Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and ability with relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating their ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the Student Academic Content Standards. Students are expected to meet the teaching performance expectations required by the California Teaching Performance Expectations (total of 13) and the additional teaching performance expectations by the CSUSM School of Education. 

Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)

In California, all teacher candidates must complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in order to earn a preliminary credential.  The TPA requires candidates to complete defined tasks relating to subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and culminating teaching experiences or events. At Cal State San Marcos, teacher candidates complete the CalTPA, which consists of two instructional cycles (submissions) completed over the course of a credential program. CalTPA cycles are scored by trained assessors who are experts in the content for their assigned assessments. Candidates will submit CalTPA materials on or before the due dates set by the School of Education, and will receive their scores about three weeks later. Candidates must successfully complete and pass both CalTPA cycles in order to be recommended to receive a preliminary California teaching credential. For more information and support, visit Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA) page.

Clinical Practice, Field Experience, & Internships

All credential programs include clinical practice in addition to course work. Each program structure and set up clinical practice somewhat differently, however, there are forms that all students must complete before participating in the clinical pactice (in the teacher credential program) 

SOE Professional Dispositions

The California State University San Marcos School of Education fosters the development of the following professional dispositions among our candidates. Candidates increasingly reflect these dispositions in their work with students, families, and communities. 

Social Justice and Equity: Candidates appreciate the languages, communities, and experiences learners bring to the classroom. Candidates advocate for and support marginalized communities and individuals.  Collaboration: Candidates learn and practice the skills of collaboration in their coursework and use them in their professional interactions with students, colleagues, parents, caregivers and those in the wider community. Critical Thinking: Candidates analyze various professional contexts, resulting in more informed decision-making about professional practice. Professional Ethics: Candidates learn to make and act on well-reasoned, principled judgments. Reflective Teaching and Learning: Candidates critically review their professional practice and the impact it has on student success. Life-Long Learning: Candidates are committed to actively seeking new knowledge, skills and experiences throughout their career. 

SOE, CEHHS, & University Policies


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Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).