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Education Code - EDC


  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )


  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 25. EMPLOYEES [44000 - 45500]

  ( Part 25 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Teacher Credentialing [44200 - 44418]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1355, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 6. Subject Matter Preparation [44310 - 44314]
  ( Heading of Article 6 amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 809, Sec. 13. )


The commission shall waive the subject matter examination requirement for graduates of accredited public and private institutions of higher education who successfully complete subject matter programs specified by the commission.

Eligibility for an examination waiver can only be achieved when the subject matter program is one which is listed by the commission under Section 44282, and the program has been successfully completed in an approved institution of higher learning.

The commission may require that the approved examination be taken by candidates, who are otherwise eligible for an examination waiver, for informational purposes only.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


The commission shall evaluate any subject matter program offered by an accredited institution in satisfaction of paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) of Section 44259. The evaluation shall be based on standards of program quality and effectiveness, which shall be consistent with the assessments and examinations of subject matter knowledge and competence adopted by the commission pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 44282.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 809, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 1994.)


A finding by the commission of the inadequacy or inappropriateness of such program as the basis for waiving the subject matter examination shall cause persons completing such programs to be ineligible for the examination waiver.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


The subject matter examination authorizing multiple subject classroom instruction may be waived for holders of approved “diversified” or “liberal arts” degrees, or programs or their equivalent, conferred by accredited institutions of higher education approved by the commission.

Notwithstanding the designation of the degrees conferred, the commission shall approve the programs presented by such institution and shall not engage in the detailed analysis of the applicant’s transcripts for purposes of issuing the credential. The commission, however, may provide for the selected analysis of transcripts to determine whether the programs presented by such institutions conform with the requirements of the commission.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)


A “diversified” or “liberal arts” program is any program that has been approved by the commission on the basis of standards adopted by the commission.

(a)  An approved program shall consist of a minimum of 84 semester units, or equivalent quarter units, including, but not limited to, language studies, literature, mathematics, science, social science, history, humanities, the arts, physical education and human development.

(b) The commission shall establish standards for “diversified” or “liberal arts” programs, or equivalent programs that waive the subject matter examination for multiple subjects instruction.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 832, Sec. 2.)

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