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A Credential is defined as a specific aggregate of courses, successful completion of which is sufficient for licensing by the State of California to teach (or perform specific professional tasks) in the public school systems. No specific unit requirements are given for credentials generally; usually the curricular requirements are noted in the governing legislation as "competencies."

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When an individual completes an approved program to earn a credential or permit through a California college, university, school district, or other approved entity, they must be formally recommended for the document by the institution. This recommendation is submitted by the program via the Commission's CTC Online system. It is the credential seeker's job to complete the recommendation by logging into their profile, completing the Professional Fitness Questions (PFQ), and completing payment for the document.[1]

The credential recommendations made by CSUMB are what are counted on the Credentials Dashboard in the CSUMB Data Warehouse.


  1. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Complete Your Recommendation. Retrieved from: