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Clear Credential Program

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Clear Credential Program


The new, CTC-Approved Clear Credential Program replaces its predecessor, Fifth Year of Study. This new program focuses on clearing your Multiple or Single Subject teaching credential and is geared specifically toward teachers who do not have an induction program available to them. The Clear Credential Program is designed to provide professional development to qualified teachers in an effort to fully prepare them to meet the academic learning needs of all students in their care.

Completing the Clear Credential Program is the most streamlined and cost-effective way to clear your Preliminary Credential. It provides a flexible and convenient route to teacher credentialing, and offers several benefits that are specifically unique to the UCR Extension Program:

  • Affordable Tuition
  • Academic Credit
  • Convenient Online Class Format
  • Highly Qualified and Experienced Instructors
  • Research-based Curriculum Focused on Classroom Applications

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for credentialed teachers who have, or will have, a full-time teaching position in a school/school district or charter/private school, hold a valid SB 2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject California Teaching Credential (issued on or after August 30, 2004), and have access to a California Credentialed site mentor teacher.

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Completion Requirements

California law requires teachers in the UCR Extension Clear Credential Program to complete 19 quarter units (grade of B or better) of postgraduate study in curriculum and instruction, pedagogical skills, assessing student learning, teaching English Learners, teaching Special Populations, and educational technology. Credential Candidates are also required to obtain a site mentor teacher. The mentor must hold a valid Clear CA Credential, possess a Master's degree or higher, and be accessible for conducting observations and mentoring on an on-going basis.

Completion Time

This program can typically be completed in one year.


The cost to complete this program is approximately $3,300. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.


Candidates for this program must submit the following in order to be considered for the program:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Nonrefundable $50 application fee
  3. Official transcripts of all college coursework indicating a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and:
    • Verification of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution including degree awarded and date
    • Preliminary Teacher Credential coursework completed
  4. Copy of current or most recent California SB 2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject credential
  5. Verification of passage of the CBEST or its equivalent
  6. Completed and signed CL-855 Verification of Unavailability of a Commission-Approved Induction Program form
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation/Professional References that reflect your academic competence and teaching performance
  8. Site Mentor checklist signed by your principal.

Competency Rubrics

Rubrics must be submitted to credentials@ucx.ucr.edu by the end date of each course. Failure to submit rubrics on time will result in delayed recommendation to the CTC.


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Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when schedule, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Delivery Method

The courses in this program are offered online throughout the year. Logon instructions and access code are e-mailed to you after you enroll. To learn more about online courses at UCR Extension, visit our Online Course Information page.

Contact Information

Credentials Office
(951) 827-1654

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273