Constitution Requirement

There are many options available for completing the Constitution requirement. See below

This requirement can be met either by passing a college or university examination or by successfully completing coursework.

If the candidate has a Bachelors degree from any of the Cal State University campuses, in any major, the requirement has been met.

Candidates who graduated from the TfT program at SMC have fulfilled the requirement. Students who are current undergrads in the TfT/JCL program at SMC will have fulfilled the requirement by the time they graduate. Therefore, anyone who has graduated or will graduate fro the TfT program does not need to do anything additional to fulfill this requirement. Your undergrad transcript, which the credential analyst will upload, fulfills the requirement for documentation. 

If the candidate graduated from another university, they may have fulfilled the requirement through coursework, but it is not guaranteed.

To fulfill the requirement by coursework, the course should be in American Government or in U.S. History which covers the period prior to 1865, specifically focuses on the Constitution or one of the three branches of government. Courses that focus on the history of a cultural or ethnic group in the US will also satisfy this requirement. The course can be lower division, upper division or graduate level. The course must be for a minimum of two semester or three quarter units of credit and the student must have received a passing grade (a C- or better). Advanced Placement units in U. S. history are acceptable only if the candidate received college credit for the exam and this credit is indicated on the undergraduate transcript. 

If you have taken a course in college that you think might qualify for this requirement, please email your program the following information: your name, the name of the course including course number, where it was taken, when it was taken, and a complete course description. If it cannot be determined that the course fulfills the requirement from this information, you may need to provide a syllabus. Please be aware that the vast majority of the course must have covered the Constitution or one of the three branches of US government for it to fulfill this requirement. You will need to provide an official transcript to your program from the college or university where the course was taken.

Please consult the web sites below for up-to-date information. 

Online Courses

UCSD Extension

UCSD Extension has a U.S. Constitution course with an exam at the end. The course and exam are entirely online.

Here is a link to the course:

University of Phoenix 

The University of Phoenix offers a 3 semester credit course HIS/301: US Constitution. For information on this course contact Krystal Saigh at

This course is 3 credits, and 5 weeks long and its 100% online. Total tuition (as of SP 14) is $840, in addition books are $95

Online Test

Notre Dame de Namur

Here is an option sponsered by NDNU Teacher Education:

The test is $85 and is taken entirely online. They provide you with a study booklet to help you prepare. 

In-Person Test

Contra Costa County Office of Education

It is $70 and is administered at 9 AM and 3:30 PM, the third Thursday of each month (January through December) and the second Thursday in December. 

Alameda County Office of Education

It is $70 and is administered on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM. 

In-Person Courses

There are many courses at community colleges that will satisfy the requirement. Please consult with your localcommunity college for more information.

It is the student's responsibility to have an official transcript from the institution at which the Constitution course was taken or an official test result from a college or university in California on file with the Credential Office before an application for any preliminary teaching credential will be forwarded to CTC.