California State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Audiologist License
State Department California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
State Department Hyperlink http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Completion of at least 60 semester units of courses related to the normal development, function, and use of speech, hearing, and language; and courses that provide information about, and training in, the management of speech, hearing, and language disorders. At least 24 of the required 60 semester units shall be related to disorders of speech, voice, or language for speech-language pathology applicants or to disorders of hearing and the modification of communication disorders involving speech and language resulting from hearing disorders for audiology applicants. These 60 units do not include credit for thesis, dissertation, or clinical practice.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum in three different clinical settings.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Pass a national exam in audiology with a minimum score of 600, after January 1, 2013 minimum passing score of 170 administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Praxis Series (Praxis II Audiology). The exam must not be more than five years old.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Must obtain a Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential - Audiology (Birth-22)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Specialty
State Department California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/iESS.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 22 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The Legislature encourages any public or private institution of higher education that conducts any program of professional preparation for a teaching or services credential to operate and supervise, within that program, a field experience program, and to grant up to and including three semester units, or the equivalent, to any student who participates in that field experience program, whether that participation occurs before or after the granting of a credential.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) Basic Skills requirement: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods: a. Pass the CBEST: Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections - reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. b. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills which meets the basic skills requirement. c. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations Effective January 1, 2009, passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. (Math 50, English 151). d. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states. 2) Subject-matter competency with the CSET Test or an approved college or university program 3) Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) test (passing score 220).

Early Childhood Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Preliminary Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
State Department California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/requirements.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The Legislature encourages any public or private institution of higher education that conducts any program of professional preparation for a teaching or services credential to operate and supervise, within that program, a field experience program, and to grant up to and including three semester units, or the equivalent, to any student who participates in that field experience program, whether that participation occurs before or after the granting of a credential.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) Basic Skills requirement: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods: a. Pass the CBEST: Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections - reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. b. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills which meets the basic skills requirement. c. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations Effective January 1, 2009, passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. (Math 50, English 151). d. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states. 2) Subject-matter competency with the CSET Test or an approved college or university program 3) Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) test (passing score 220).

Early Childhood Special Educator

Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) speciality (used to be called Level I instead of Preliminary)
State Department California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/requirements.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 5 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The Legislature encourages any public or private institution of higher education that conducts any program of professional preparation for a teaching or services credential to operate and supervise, within that program, a field experience program, and to grant up to and including three semester units, or the equivalent, to any student who participates in that field experience program, whether that participation occurs before or after the granting of a credential.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) Basic Skills requirement: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods: a. Pass the CBEST: Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections - reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. b. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills which meets the basic skills requirement. c. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations Effective January 1, 2009, passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. (Math 50, English 151). d. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states. 2) Subject-matter competency with the CSET Test or an approved college or university program 3) Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) test (passing score 220).

Family Therapist

Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Marriage and Family Therapist License
State Department California Department of Consumer AffairsBoard of Behavioral Sciences
State Department Hyperlink http://www.bbs.ca.gov/app-reg/index.shtml
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework No less than 12 semester/18 quarter units of course work in the areas of marriage, family, and child counseling and marital and family systems approaches to treatment. Completion of additional course work to include: two semester/three quarter units in California law and professional ethics for marriage, family and child counselors; seven contact hours of training or course work in human sexuality, and completion of specific instruction in alcoholism and other chemical substance dependency.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1. 104 weeks of supervision 2. 3,000 hours of supervised work experience (total)--No more than 1,300 hours of supervised experience can be obtained prior to completing a master's or doctoral degree.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Effective January 1, 2014, an applicant for licensure as a marriage and family therapist shall pass the following two examinations as prescribed by the board: (1) A California law and ethics examination. (2) A clinical examination. (b) Upon registration with the board, a marriage and family therapist intern shall, within the first year of registration, take an examination on California law and ethics. (c) A registrant may take the clinical examination only upon meeting all of the following requirements: (1) Completion of all required supervised work experience. (2) Completion of all education requirements. (3) Passage of the California law and ethics examination.

Nurse

Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Registered Nurse License
State Department California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Registered Nursing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.rn.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Associate's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Additional requirements specific for schools? Must have School Nurse Services Credential (must have RN to hold this credential)

Occupational Therapist

Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Occupational Therapist License
State Department California Department of Consumer AffairsBoard of Occupational Therapy
State Department Hyperlink http://www.bot.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The fieldwork requirements for applicants applying for licensure as an occupational therapist or certification as an occupational therapy assistant shall be consistent with the requirements of the ACOTE accreditation standards, or AOTA's predecessor organization, or AOTA's Career Mobility Program, that were in effect when the applicant complete his or her educational program.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, the American Occupational National Board of Certified Occupational Therapist (NBOCT) Certified Occupational Therapist Exam (Score of 450)

Physical Therapist

Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Physical Therapist License
State Department California Physical Therapy Board
State Department Hyperlink http://ptbc.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The curriculum shall consist of a combination of didactic, clinical, and research experiences in physical therapy using critical thinking and weighing of evidence, and shall include, at a minimum, all of the following: (1) The sciences basic to physical therapy including biomedical, physical, physiological, neurobiological, anatomical, social and behavioral sciences. (2) Clinical sciences including laboratory or other practical experiences involving quantitative and qualitative evaluation within the scope of physical therapy practice including kinesiology, neuroscience, pathology, human development, and gerontology. (3) Treatment that constitutes the practice of physical therapy. (4) Learning experiences provided in the areas of administration, education, and consultation. (5) Research methods including the review and critical analysis of research reports. (6) Ethical, legal, and economical concepts of physical therapy practice. Each applicant shall have at least 18 weeks of full-time clinical experience with a variety of patients.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? At least 18 weeks of full-time clinical experience with a variety of patients.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) passing score of 600 2) California Law Examination (CLE)

Psychologist

Discipline Psychologist
License/Certificate Psychologist License
State Department California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Psychology
State Department Hyperlink http://www.psychology.ca.gov/index.shtml
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework 1) A minimum of 15 contact hours of coursework in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies, including knowledge of community resources, cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics. An applicant may request an exemption from this requirement if he or she intends to practice in an area that does not include the direct provision of mental health services; 2) a minimum of 10 contact hours of coursework in aging and long-term care, which may include, but need not be limited to, the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging. This coursework shall include instruction on the assessment and reporting of, as well as treatment related to, elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Two years of qualifying Supervised Professional Experience shall be completed and documented prior to licensure. One year of Supervised Professional Experience shall be defined as 1500 hours.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) (Score of 500); 2) All applicants must take and pass the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE), except that the CPSE shall be waived for those applicants who meet the criteria in section 1388.6 of the California Code of Regulations. Such applicants shall be required to take and pass the California Psychology Law and Ethics Examination (CPLEE).

School Psychologist

Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Specialization in School Psychology
State Department California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.ctc.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Not specified
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? A practicum with school-aged children .
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? To satisfy Basic Skills requirement: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods: 1. Pass the CBEST: Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections - reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. 2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills which meets the basic skills requirement. 3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations Effective January 1, 2009, passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. (Math 50, English 151). 4. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states.

Social Worker

Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Clinical Social Worker License
State Department California Department of Consumer AffairsBoard of Behavioral Sciences
State Department Hyperlink http://www.bbs.ca.gov/app-reg/lcs_requirement.shtml
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Additional Coursework required prior to the licensing examination: *Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours) * Human Sexuality (10 hours) * Substance Abuse and Dependency (15 hours) * Spousal Abuse Assessment and Reporting (15 hours for those who entered degree program after 1/1/2004; Course can be any length for those who entered a degree program from 1/1/1995 to 12/31/2003) * Aging and Long Term Care (10 Hours only for those who entered a degree program on or after 1/1/2004; For all others this is not a pre-licensure requirement)
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1. 104 weeks of supervision 2. 3200 hours of supervised work experience All required supervised experience gained in California must be accrued while registered with the Board as an Associate Clinical Social Worker.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? (a) Effective January 1, 2014, an applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker shall pass the following two examinations as prescribed by the board: (1) A California law and ethics examination. (2) A clinical examination (b) Upon registration with the board, an associate social worker registrant shall, within the first year of registration, take an examination on California law and ethics. (c) A registrant may take the clinical examination only upon meeting all of the following requirements: (1) Completion of all education requirements. (2) Passage of the California law and ethics examination. (3) Completion of all required supervised work experience.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Requires a Pupil Personnel Services Credential: SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK . Requirements for the Clear Credential with a Specialization in School Social Work Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements: 1. A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university 2. Complete post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 45 semester units in a Commission-approved professional preparation program specializing in school social work, including a practicum with school-aged children 3. Obtain the recommendation of a California college or university with a Commission-approved Pupil Personnel Services program specializing in school social work. This process will result in the college or university submitting the recommendation online. 4. Complete the Basic Skills Requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement for additional information. 5. Complete the LiveScan fingerprint process (form 41-LS) 6. Pay the application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659) once the recommendation has been submitted online by the college or university. Individuals will be notified via email that the application has been submitted and is awaiting payment in a secured database.

Speech Language Pathologist

Discipline Speech Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Speech Language Pathologist License
State Department California Department of Consumer Affairs Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
State Department Hyperlink http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Completion of at least 60 semester units of courses related to the normal development, function, and use of speech, hearing, and language; and courses that provide information about, and training in, the management of speech, hearing, and language disorders. At least 24 of the required 60 semester units shall be related to disorders of speech, voice, or language for speech-language pathology applicants or to disorders of hearing and the modification of communication disorders involving speech and language resulting from hearing disorders for audiology applicants. These 60 units do not include credit for thesis, dissertation, or clinical practice.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum in three different clinical settings.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Pass a national exam in speech-language pathology with a minimum score of 600 administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Praxis Series (Praxis II Speech Language Pathology). The exam must not be more than five years old.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Must obtain a Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential through theCommission On Teacher Credentialing. Applicants can also apply for a Special Class Authorization. The Special Class Authorization (SCA) is a teaching authorization that may be added to a credential that authorizes providing speech services. The SCA authorizes the holder to provide instructional services to special need students in the area of autism and speech and language impairment who are identified through the local level special education assessment, and to conduct Educational Assessments related to students - access to the academic core curriculum and Special Education Support.

Vision Specialist

Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a Visual Impairments (VI) Specialty
State Department California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
State Department Hyperlink http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/special-ed.html
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 22 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The Legislature encourages any public or private institution of higher education that conducts any program of professional preparation for a teaching or services credential to operate and supervise, within that program, a field experience program, and to grant up to and including three semester units, or the equivalent, to any student who participates in that field experience program, whether that participation occurs before or after the granting of a credential.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1) Basic Skills requirement: Individuals may satisfy the basic skills requirement by one of the following methods: a. Pass the CBEST: Individuals only need to pass the CBEST once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections - reading, writing, and mathematics. However, a score as low as 37 on an individual section is acceptable if the total scaled score is at least 123. b. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects examination has been modified, adding an assessment of basic writing skills which meets the basic skills requirement. c. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations Effective January 1, 2009, passing scores on the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP) (English and Mathematics sections) or the CSU Placement Examinations (English Placement Test [EPT] and Entry Level Mathematics [ELM]) are sufficient to meet the basic skills requirement. (Math 50, English 151). d. Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State The Commission will accept basic skills examinations from other states. 2) Subject-matter competency with the CSET Test or an approved college or university program 3) Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) test (passing score 220).