Subject Matter Competency Evaluation

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) in the social sciences. Option two involves completing a baccalaureate program in the social sciences as well as precredential requirements in any one of the California State University institutions including Sacramento State

To determine if your coursework from your baccalaureate program of social sciences (California State University institutions only) makes you subject matter competent to teach the social sciences in public schools, please submit official copies of your transcripts with a $50 fee 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), submit official transcripts with a $50 fee for evaluation. If you earned your baccalaureate degree in the Social Science Program at Sacramento State within the past year, your fees are waived

If you would like to start the evaluation process please mail the following to:

California State University, Sacramento
Social Science Program
Attn - Subject Matter Evaluation
6000 J Street
Sacramento CA 95819

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)
  • $50 evaluation fee: check or money order payable to University Foundation at Sacramento State (Acct x01860)
  • Copies of catalog course descriptions from out of state institutions only

If you have further questions about this process please contact the Social Science Program office at (916) 278-6207

Subject Matter Coursework for Social Science

Subject Matter Standards for Social Science