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8. Certificate of Clearance


All Candidates must receive clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) before they can begin their student teaching in the K-12 classrooms. Clearance is granted by the CTC in the form of a valid Certificate of Clearance or a valid Emergency 30-day Substitute permit. 

If you hold a valid Emergency 30-Day Substitute permit please contact our office at for further instructions. This permit is an approved clearance for student teaching and must remain valid the entire time you are working on your credential in our program.

If you do not hold an Emergency 30-day Substitute permit, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Clearance.  As described below, this is a 2-step process that can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete, so you will want to start early.

You will email a copy of your issued Clearance email from the CTC to Student Services at : It is not uploaded to your online application.

Step 1 – Live Scan Fingerprints

  • Go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website ( and download and print three copies of the Request for Live Scan Service form ( It matters what internet browser you are using!!! FIREFOX does not bring up the proper pre-filled out form. See the PDF under Related Links for the most current form as well as a sample to help with completing the Livescan form. The two top boxes of information on the Live Scan form must print out with the “ORI” number and the correct Agency Address filled out. Please fill out this form with great care! All information written here must match the online application you submit with the CTC. This includes your name, SSN, and DOB
  • Take the Live Scan Forms to an agency providing fingerprinting services. For CA locations, go to:
  • Preferred: Email a copy of your processed Live Scan form to the Student Services office at: (please redact your birthday and SSN). This helps us know you successfully completed your fingerprinting process. Once your have your fingerprints taken please proceed to Step #2

Step 2 – Online Application for Certificate of Clearance

  • Go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website ( and select the blue button that says “Credentialing Information”  *Please note that the CTC website has some issues if you use the browser Safari — try switching to Firefox
  • Click “Apply for a New Document”
  • First time applicants will need to create a CTC Online Educator Profile. There is a helpful worksheet to read through, then when ready to begin click the blue button labeled ” Educator Login”. This will take you to a page that requires your Social Security Number and Date of Birth — enter both and press “OK”. Please double check your Social Security Number & Date of Birth for accuracy!
  • If you don’t already have a profile you will need to enter this information a second time to create one
  • After editing your profile, hit the “Next” button on the far right side of the purple bar at the bottom
  • Under “Web Applications” select “Create New” and choose “Certificate of Clearance/Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate” under the General Application Category and “Certificate of Clearance” under the Document/Authorization Title menu
  • Hit “Next” on the far right side of the purple bar at the bottom
  • Complete the rest of the online application by answering the Professional Fitness Questions and pay the application fee ($52.65) using a VISA or MasterCard debit or credit card
  • Be sure you select “Certificate of Clearance” and not Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • The fee for the Certificate of Clearance is currently $50.00 plus a $2.65 service fee

Step 3 - Submit additional documentation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing if you answered “YES” to any of the Personal and Professional Fitness questions

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