Subject Matter in Art Competency Evaluations
Proving Subject Matter Competency is just one step in earning a CA Teaching Credential. As a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Subject Matter in Art Program, the combined coursework of Otis' ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation minor with the Painting, Photography, or Sculptures/New Genres BFA requirements satisfy the CA Subject Matter in Art requirements (MS Word Doc), allowing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to waive the CSET (California Subject Exam for Teachers). A fifth year of study at another institution, or a two year internship at a CTC approved K-12 school, is required to complete the remaining CA Single Subject Credential requirements.
Non-Otis ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation students who hold a BFA and/or MFA from another institution can apply to waive the CA Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in Art by completing the steps outlined below. Evaluation of Subject-Matter in Art Competency takes 6-8 weeks to complete and there is no guarantee of CSET Waiver approval. Applicants are encouraged to review the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements (MS Word Doc) before applying.
Applicants will be granted a CSET Waiver only if they have successfully completed courses for college credit that cover all the Subject Matter in Art Domains listed on the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements. If it is found that certain Subject Matter in Art Domains are missing, they can choose to take the CSET or to reapply for a Waiver after completing recommended college level courses covering the missing Domains, either through the Teacher Credential Preparation track of Otis’ Art Education Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education or another college or university of their choice.
How to apply for a CSET Waiver:• Complete the SMArtCE application form [PDF] and mail to the address below along with: