CCTC required courses for Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

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  1. TeacherInProgress

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    Hello,
    I’m a seasoned private school teacher in California who is trying to get a preliminary multiple subject credential through the private school experience route. I understood all of the requirements on the CCTC website, but I am having a bit of trouble figuring out where to find courses that meet these two requirements:
    5. Complete a course in Developing English Language Skills, including Reading, that is research-based and includes the study of phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, early intervention techniques, ongoing diagnostic techniques, and a strong literature, language, and comprehension component (Submit a copy of the course description for evaluation purposes.)
    7. Computer Education
    a. Complete foundational computer education course work which includes general and specialized skills in the use of computers in educational settings.
    (Apparently I could also take a test for the computer education requirement, but CCTC doesn’t really specify what the test covers, so I’m a bit unsure about that.)

    Has anyone ever done this before that could point me to the right direction? I have looked at classes at the local community college but not one of the class descriptions covers exactly what CCTC wants.
    Thank you kindly for any advice or tip!
     
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    I’ve done exactly this to get my Single Subject Credential through Private School Experience and so I know exactly what to do. And it took considerable effort to find the appropriate reading course, let me tell you. Lots of emailing and research...

    Anyway, the tests — there are two — that you must take are the CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology Subtests I and II. You can register online here:

    https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/CA_CSET133_TestPage.html

    A course that I took that satisfies the Reading course requirement can be found here:

    https://courses.learnersedge.com/courses/dl/all/Reaching-Young-Readers-Improving-Reading-Skills/653

    https://www.learnersedge.com/continuing-education-for-teachers-syllabus653

    The course costs $439 (for units that can be applied to a salary schedule), but it is SUPER easy and there are only three or four assignments and no tests. It was the quickest and easiest way for me to satisfy that requirement.

    I hope that helps!
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, TeacherInProgress. Your county office of education (or department of education, if your county happens to be Orange) has live credential analysts who should be able to tell you about local and/or useful options - especially for Preliminary Ed Tech, for which community college courses always used to be the go-to. You could also ask the credential analysts whether you'll be expected to take the RICA exam (I would expect so, since it's standard for the multiple-subject credential, and that might be a good reason to look for a course that's fairly challenging).
     
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    Thank you both for the tip. It was so helpful to learn about the CSET preliminary technology test, but I don’t quite know what to study for it, I can’t seem to find a study guide.

    And yes, I’ll have to take the RICA too. Do you have an opinion of which format is better, the written exam or the video submission? I’ve found a few study guides and hope to feel prepared for it when the time comes!
     
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    Futuremathsprof:
    Thank you so very much! I am a bit overwhelmed with the process, so I could use all the experienced advice I can get! Any tips on how to navigate this process?

    I still have to take the CSET multiple subject, the RICA, the Constitution exam, take the technology class (or the test,) and take the reading class...I have a lot to study.
     
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    For the Preliminary Ed Tech test, you can certainly use the free online subtest descriptions and the sample test items as sources of terms to look up online. Building one's own study guide can be very enlightening.

    You said you're a seasoned teacher. Teaching what, please? Are you teaching currently? (I'm nosy, yes, but in the interest of making suggestions that fit the asker.)

    Talk to the nice people at the county office/department of education before deciding you have to take the Constitution test: be sure you have an unofficial transcript of your undergrad coursework with you. If you ever took a course that touched on US civics, you might be exempt from the test.
     
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    I’m happy to help! And I would do what TeacherGroupie said about checking your transcripts before to see if you are exempt. Check the following documents for details.

    https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl834.pdf?sfvrsn=8

    Here is the simplest, quickest, and cheapest way to satisfy the US Constitution exam:

    http://usconstitutionexam.com/#2734

    http://www.usconstitutionexam.com/site/c7cdd5f1932f47a5beef97056106d775/default?url=http://usconstitutionexam.com/Sign_up.html#2556

    It only costs $85 (I found a discount code online for $20 at the time and so I only paid $65) and I finished the “course” in less than 2 hours. Just read summaries of the US Constitution online and you should do fine.

    I’m serious. If you enroll in this course, then you could be finished with the US Constitution exam requirement tonight!

    IMO, the credentialing process is laughable in this regard and the fact that this is “test” is a criterion speaks volumes about the state of the educational system in California.
     
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    Yes, I currently teach TK, which I have been doing for the past 20 years. I have a BS and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and now I am interested in (maybe) teaching K and 1st grade too.
    I looked at my undergrad and graduate transcripts and alas, nothing that covers the constitution requirement, unfortunately.
     
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    Well, that settles that. BUT, don’t fret! You can take and finish the US Constitution exam tonight if you wanted and then take that easy course I mentioned (said course should take like 1-2 weeks and that is pushing it). Then, navigate to the following link and download the practice tests for the CSET Preliminary Technology Subtests:

    https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/CA_CSET133_PrepMaterials.html

    Take all of the practice tests and see what things you don’t know or need to freshen up on. And here’s a hint <wink wink>: 1 or 2 of the free response questions on the real tests are identical to the practice FRQ so memorize those! Also, read up a little on educational law and famous court cases in the field of education. Know what FERPA and HIPPA laws are, to demonstrate, plus else. And another thing that you should know is how to read, interpret, and write formulae in Excel or on a spreadsheet. Lastly, know how to determine what curricula and technology are appropriate for the classroom setting.

    There are some quizlets online that I found helpful. Just search “educational law quizlet” or something like that.

    And relax, these three requirements are easy to fulfill! You’ll be done with them in no time.

    For the RICA, there are some helpful threads elsewhere here on this forum so check those out.

    Good luck!
     
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    As for the constitution exam, let the credential analysts have a look at your transcripts, please. (Did you take AP coursework in high school? That counts.) With that said, the US Constitution exam exists in several different forms, any of which is accepted, and the COE people can tell you about the local options.

    You'll also want to ask whether you'll need to take CTEL (California Teachers of English Learners). By California law, each teacher must be at least minimally qualified to teach students whose first language is not English. Those who obtain credentials by the usual route through a teacher-preparation program get the requisite coursework in their credential programs, and CTEL exists for everyone who hasn't gone through a teacher-preparation program of the right vintage (post-2003): candidates who had teacher training outside California, candidates with pre-2003 credentials (though I think few of those haven't gotten this sorted out by now), and people like you. This would be another good reason to take your transcripts to the COE, by the way: part or all of the CTEL subtests can be satisfied with coursework, and the credential analysts should be able to help you sort which of your bachelor's and master's courses can be pressed into service.

    CTEL certainly addresses literacy issues, but not to the breadth or depth that RICA does. Your experience in TK will be valuable, and so will chatting up your friends and colleague who teach other elementary grades. I'd still recommend taking a robust reading-instruction course before tackling RICA: you doubtless covered some of this ground 20 years ago, and if your private school has followed the California English/language arts content standards, you may be in good shape - but in 20 years the terminology has shifted, and brushing up might be a good idea. RICA is aligned to the English/language arts content standards, so having a look at the ELA framework (which fleshes out the content standards) might be a good start: that's at www.cde.ca.gov, and it's free for the downloading.
     
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    TeacherGroupie, thank you so much for all the valuable info, I will definitely look up the resources you’re talking about. And I’ll be spending some time digging through the COE (LA county) website to figure out how to contact a live human being credential analyst to actually talk to ;-)
     
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    Futuremathsprof, thanks again for taking the time to offer me information and encouragement, it’s deeply appreciated!
     
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