MAT-TESOL Credentialing Track Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT-TESOL) program credential track is optional. You can apply to the MAT-TESOL credential track during your first semester of the program between August and December. As a student on the MAT-TESOL credential track, you will complete your coursework in the program in conjunction with preparation for a English Language Development or World Languages California teaching credential. In order to be recommended for a teaching credential, you are required to satisfy a series of requirements established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. View the MAT-TESOL credential checklist for a full list of all credentialing requirements that must be completed simultaneous with your completion of the program.

If you pursue the MAT-TESOL credential track, we strongly encourage you to complete the basic skills and subject matter requirements prior to the start of your first semester in the MAT-TESOL program. Completing these requirements prior to the program will allow you to focus on the program and the new content you will learn, avoid the stress of studying for CBEST and CSET exams during the first semester. However, you are not required to complete these items until the end of your first semester in the program.

Basic Skills Requirement

All credential candidates must verify their basic skills proficiency through one of several methods. The most common method is the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

About the CBEST

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is a California state-required exam for teacher candidates in a teacher preparation program. This exam is used as evidence that the teacher candidate has basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. The exam consists of multiple choice questions and essay writing. The three subtests can be taken at the same time or individually. All three subtests must be passed before registering for any student teaching courses.

Alternative methods to satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement

As an alternative to taking the CBEST, you may submit one of the following to satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement:

  1. Proof of an official SAT test score of 500 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section* combined with a score of 550 or higher on the SAT mathematics exam.

    *Evidence-based Reading and Writing (previously Critical Reading or Verbal) section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test.

  2. Proof of an official ACT score of 22 or higher on the English exam combined with a score of 23 or higher on the Mathematics exam.
  3. Proof of an official College Board Advanced Placement (AP) English exam and AP Calculus or AP Statistics exam with a score of 3 or higher.
    • Math exams: AP Calculus AB • AP Calculus BC • AP Statistics
    • English exams: AP English Language and Composition • AP English Literature and Composition
  4. Pass an out-of-state basic skills equivalent exam
  5. Pass CSU early assessment program or CSU placement exam
  6. Passage of the CSET: Writing Skills examination can be added to passage of the CSET: Multiple Subjects Examination to meet the basic skills requirement.

If you plan to teach in another state, talk with our admissions team about alternate requirements for the state in which you plan to teach.

Subject Matter Requirement

All credential candidates must verify their proficiency in the subject matter they plan to teach through one of several methods. The most common method is the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

About the CSET

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is an exam required by the state of California for preliminary teaching credential candidates. This exam is used as evidence that the teacher candidate has subject-matter knowledge in the credential they are seeking. Most CSET exams consist of three subtests. All subtests can be taken at the same time or individually. CSET exam scores must be no more than ten years old.

Alternative methods to satisfy the Subject Matter Requirement

As an alternative to taking the CSET, you can submit proof that you have completed a commission-approved subject matter preparation program.

Note: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requires credential applicants to disclose any convictions of a felony or misdemeanor. A felony or misdemeanor could impact student teaching and potential future employment opportunities.