Credential Services

As the liaison between CSU, Chico credential candidates and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), Credential Services assists credential candidates with the final step in obtaining a California credential.

Contact Us

Credential Analyst
Tehama 209
Monday - Friday | 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Phone: 530-898-6455

E-mail: credentials@csuchico.edu

Mailing Address*
California State University, Chico
Credential Services - THMA 209
Chico, CA 95929-0480

*Documents may be dropped off at Tehama 209 or placed in the drop-box in front of Tehama 209.

Applying for a California Credential

When you begin the final phase of your credential program, Credential Services will assist you through the California credential application process.

Deadlines to apply

  • Fall Finishers - December 31st* (Please use the Fall 2013 form)
  • Spring Finishers - May 31st

* A $10 late fee will be assessed if file is not complete by end of semester (5/31 - Spring; 12/31 - Fall) 

Credential Request for Recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

Credential Services is the liaison between CSU, Chico credential candidates (you) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Credential Services assists you with the final step in obtaining a California Credential. Credential Services will be recommending you for a credential to CTC. You must complete the Credential Request for Recommendation. The details on this process can be found by clicking below.

Credential Request for Recommendation Process/Application (pdf)

Certificate of Clearance / Live Scan

The Certificate of Clearance is for individuals seeking clearance for entry into a public school setting (observation, field experience, or student teaching). The Certificate of Clearance is verification that you have completed the Commission on Teacher Credentialing fingerprint process (also called Live Scan). You will need to pay for your fingerprints to be processed by the police department AND you will pay CTC for the Certificate of Clearance.

Live Scan Instructions (pdf)

LiveScan Form (pdf)

Supplementary and Subject Matter Authorizations

Added Authorizations

Finding a Teaching Position

Career Planning and Placement (located in Student Services Center 270) provides job-search and self-managed employment file services to credential candidates and alumni.

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

CTC is the state agency that is responsible for ensuring that those who educate the children of California are academically and professionally prepared. Visit this site for information regarding CTC services, credentialing laws and regulations, and state requirements for obtaining and renewing a California credential.