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Before a credential is granted, all teacher candidates must satisfy the California Commission Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Constitution requirement. You can do this in one of the four ways listed below:

  1. If you graduated from a CSU campus, you have already met this requirement.
  2. Show evidence on your official transcript of having taken a course in U.S. government or politics. An AP government course counts if it appears on your college transcript showing 2 or more units credit. Check with the Teacher Preparation Center (Burk Hall 244; 415.405.3594) to find out whether a course you have taken will count
  3. Complete a course (two semester units or three quarter units) in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution.
  4. Pass an examination in the subject given by a regionally accredited community college, college, or university.

Listed below are some test administration sites. The ORIGINAL test result – not a copy - is required for your credential application. The cost for this test ranges from $35-$70 and test results can take 3-5 days or more to arrive in the mail.

US Constitution Exam Test Sites
Frequency of offering
Notre Dame
Belmont, CA
(650) 508-3701
Take online exam:
Submit a copy of email from Notre Dame plus the Certificate of Passing the US Consitution exam as proof
Offered once a
month only
OR online exam
CSU Hayward
Hayward, CA
(510) 885-3661
Ask for the US Consitution CODE exam
San Jose State University
Testing and Evaluation Dept.
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0039
(408) 924-5980
visit their website at:
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901-8008
(415) 458-3712
Fee  $50
Study guide will be mailed once you sign up for exam

JFK University
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, Ca 94523
(925) 969-3575                                 

Offered daily M-F by appt. $60 fee They mail study booklet
American River College
Natomas Educational Center
2421 Del Paso Road
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 485-6000
Testing by appt. only. Call for more info and current testing dates. $41 fee  (cash or money order only).

Recommended study Guide: 25 Lessons in Citizenship D.L. Hennesey

Approved SFSU courses for the U.S. Constitution Requirement
Location Where Required
AAS 205
CSU, San Francisco
AIS 205
CSU, San Francisco
BLS 376
CSU, San Francisco
ECON 110
CSU, San Francisco
HIST 120
CSU, San Francisco (pre 1996)
HIST 120 & 121
CSU, San Francisco
HIST 121
CSU, San Francisco (pre 1996)
HIST 140
CSU, San Francisco (Pre 1985)
HIST 422
CSU, San Francisco
HIST 424/426
CSU, San Francisco
CSU, San Francisco
CSU, San Francisco
CSU, San Francisco
RAZA 276
CSU, San Francisco
SED 615
CSU, San Francisco
(No longer offered)
SS 102
CSU, San Francisco
WOMS 160
CSU, San Francisco
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