Subject Matter Competency and Basic Skills FAQs and Inquiries

CBU School of Education’s Response to July 2021 State Requirement Changes Signed into Law

  • Basic Skills/CBEST 7/13/21

    Dear Credential Candidate,

    Today, Governor Newsom signed the TK-12 Education Trailer Bill (AB 130). As part of the 2021-22 State Budget agreement, California expanded the choices available to teacher candidates by permitting, for the first time, relevant collegiate-level coursework to be used to meet the basic skills requirement in lieu of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

    This is exciting news for our teacher credential candidates as it creates alternative pathways in meeting state basic skills competency requirements for program completion and credentialing.

    You will be pleased to know that, at this time, the School of Education advisors have begun the process of transcript evaluation to determine your eligibility to meet this requirement given this new legislation. You will receive an individual email no later than August 6, 2021, with the result of the transcript review and next steps.

    We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new opportunity to better serve our students.

    Sincerely,
    Rose Pike, Ph.D
    Associate Dean, School of Education

  • Subject Matter Competency/CSET 7/13/21

    Dear Teacher Credential Candidate,

    Today, Governor Newsom signed the TK-12 Education Trailer Bill (AB 130). As part of the 2021-22 State Budget agreement, California expanded the choices available to teacher candidates by permitting, for the first time, relevant collegiate-level coursework to be used to meet the Subject Matter requirements in lieu of the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET).

    This is exciting news for our teacher credential candidates as it creates alternative pathways in meeting state competency requirements for program completion and credentialing. At this time, however, the CTC has not provided guidance on the implementation of AB 130 for teacher preparation programs. This means we do not yet know the specifics regarding which courses will apply toward competency requirements. In addition, we do not yet know if this legislation only applies to currently enrolled candidates and/or past candidates.

    As always, please rest assured that we will provide you with the most current information as soon as it becomes available. For now, it is critical that you continue following your program plan, ensuring you complete the required coursework and assessments, including CSET. Again, since we do not know which candidates this legislation will apply to, it is important that you continue working toward the completion of your program.

    Sincerely,
    Rose Pike, Ph.D
    Associate Dean, School of Education

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am a previous CBU credential student. Is any of my previous coursework still valid?

    An evaluation of your transcript will determine which courses, if any, can be applied to continuing your credential program. Coursework older than five years will not be applicable to continuing your program.

  • When will I know if I qualify to meet the basic skills and/or the subject matter competency with my coursework?

    At this time, we must prioritize the inquiries of our currently enrolled students. We will work efficiently to address your inquiry as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation email from the School of Education within 48 hours of submitting your inquiry form. Please be sure to complete every portion of the form below.

  • What coursework will satisfy the subject matter competency in lieu of CSETs?

    The following is part of a communication sent to all teacher preparation programs regarding the new legislation. Please read carefully.

    Changes to Options to Meet Subject Matter Requirement Signed into Law
    On July 9, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 130 (Chap. 44, Stats. 2021) which included significant changes in the options for candidates to demonstrate subject matter competence. The new law would allow a new coursework option, the use of certain majors, and a combination of coursework and passage of applicable examination subtests. Although this law takes effect immediately, Commission staff will be seeking approval of emergency regulations in order to fully implement this law. In addition, staff is working on developing guidance documents, FAQs and technical assistance for program sponsors as quickly as possible. More information on all of these resources will be available soon and will be provided in the PSD eNews and other direct communications to the field.  

    This is exciting news for our teacher credential candidates as it creates alternative pathways in meeting state competency requirements for program completion and credentialing. At this time, however, the CTC has not provided guidance on the implementation of AB 130 for teacher preparation programs. This means we do not yet know the specifics regarding which courses will apply toward competency requirements. In addition, we do not yet know if this legislation only applies to currently enrolled candidates and/or past candidates. 

 

Inquiries

If you are a current and/or previous student in CBU’s credential program who would like to be placed in the queue for a transcript evaluation to determine if your previous coursework may help you meet the Basic Skills Requirement/CBEST and/or Subject Matter Competency/CSET’s, please complete the form below.