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Subject Matter Competency Evaluation

Evaluation Process Overview

There are two options in the State of California for establishing subject matter competence in the social sciences according to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Option one involves taking and passing the California Subject Matter Examinations for Teachers (CSET) for Single Subject Teaching Credentials (Social Sciences).

Option two involves completing a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved baccalaureate program in Social Sciences as well as pre-credential requirements in any one of the California State University institutions including Sacramento State.

Competency Determination

To determine if the coursework from your baccalaureate program makes you subject matter competent to teach Social Sciences in public schools, you will need to submit official transcripts for evaluation by Sacramento State's Social Science Program.

If you are a Sacramento State graduate from any other degree program, not a Social Science major, please provide your student ID number.

Subject Matter Coursework for Social Science

Subject Matter Standards for Social Science


The evaluations process can take between 2 - 4 weeks.

Please include:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges you attended, transcripts should be sent together

  • Cover letter with brief explanation of why you are submitting transcripts and the date that the evaluation is due Please also include contact information (address, phone number, email)

  • Copies of catalog course descriptions from out of state institutions only

Contact Information

Before you start the evaluation process contact Dr. Brian DiSarro by email or phone at (916) 278-6342.

Send all mail to:

California State University, Sacramento
Social Science Program

Attn. - Subject Matter Evaluation
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA; 95819