Clear Credential FAQ

Clear Credential Frequently Asked Questions

Teachers who received a Preliminary 2042 Credential must earn a Clear Credential within 5 years of the preliminary credential issuance. For teachers whose preliminary credential was issued on or after August 30, 2004, an induction program is the required route to clearing the credential, unless the teacher’s employer verifies that such a program is not available to the teacher. If an induction program is not available, the teacher may be eligible to complete the clear credential program by enrolling in a state approved program, such as the program offered at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

A Clear Credential Program is a university approved program of courses and field work that provides opportunities for beginning teachers to learn and demonstrate skills in the classroom. These skills build upon what teachers learned and demonstrated in their teacher preparation programs. Specifically, teachers learn to apply skills and knowledge in the areas of serving students with special needs and students who are learning English. They also learn to apply skills in the areas of health and technology use in the classroom as well as curriculum. They examine ways to address diversity and promote equity in their classrooms.

Every approved program in the state is required to meet a set of standards developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Each institution, however, has different ways of approaching the standards. Antioch’s program is based on the belief that beginning teachers need support in their first years and that simply taking extra coursework is not sufficient to provide this support. Antioch’s program includes a seminar strand that allows teachers to build collegial support and to reflect on their developing practice as a teacher. Most significantly, Antioch has built into the program a self-assessment and planning process which allows teachers to design their own ways of meeting the standards.

You can apply for the program in several ways. First, if you are interested in being enrolled in a Master’s program as well as completing the courses for the clear credential, you may apply for the MAEx program. If you wish to take only the clear program course, you should contact, Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, at or 805.962.8179 ext. 5327, who will help you register for the courses as a special status student.

Courses are usually held on Monday afternoons/evenings from 4:30-7:30. Each course is scheduled for between 3 to 6 sessions per quarter, so teachers can take several courses and still only meet on Mondays each quarter. All classes are held at the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus.

For teachers who enroll in the Master’s program, the clear credential courses are embedded into the program and do not cost extra. For teachers who are taking the courses as individual courses, not connected with a degree program, the fees are figured per unit based on special student status. For more information about tuition, fees, and financial aid, please consult the Admissions & Financial Aid section of our web site.

Absolutely! If you are already in the Master’s program in education at Antioch University, you can add the courses for the clear credential as part of your required and/or elective courses. If you received your credential from another institution, in or out of California, you are eligible for the MAEx program. This exciting master’s degree program in Social Justice and Educational Leadership will help you achieve the qualities of leadership that you need to make a significant difference in your school and the lives of students. This program is designed with school reform and equity issues as its focus.

A one-unit seminar course, TEP622A-C Professional Inquiry and Collegial Observation, is the only true required course. In this course, teachers plan how they will meet the standards in each of the state designated areas: English Learners, Special Populations Curriculum, Diversity, Health and Technology. If teachers think the best way to meet the standards is to take courses, a series of courses has been designed to practice skills in these areas and apply them in the classroom. These courses include: TEP 617AA Equity and Access for Special Populations, TEP617B Advanced Educational Technology, TEP631 Resilience Education in the School Community, TEP531A Enhancing English Language through Literature, and TEP630 Social Justice Education. These course units will help meet the unit requirement for the Master’s degree. Units may also assist teachers with salary schedule advancement.

In some districts, teachers have access to a BTSA or an induction program and will typically be able to clear the credential through participation in and completion of that program. Teachers who are employed in independent schools may not have an available induction program. The Clear Credential program is ideal for such teachers, since they only have five years in which to clear the credential. In addition, induction programs do not offer degrees. For a teacher who is interested in a master’s degree, and who does not have an induction program option, consideration should be given to clearing the credential at the same time as earning the degree.

The program, by nature, is designed to have teachers demonstrate skills in their classrooms. By state law, one must have a teaching position in order to participate in the Clear Credential program to clear the credential.