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Subject Matter Competency Verification

California Education code requires that all candidates for a teaching credential demonstrate they are proficient in the subject matter of their intended credential.

California Assembly Bill 130 allows for completion of an academic major in the subject area of the credential being sought to satisfy Subject Matter Competency (SMC).

A baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be considered for subject matter competency verification for a preliminary credential.
Degrees that qualify for consideration:

For Multiple Subject Credential: a degree major of Liberal Studies

For Single Subject Credential: a degree major in one of the subject named in Education Code section 44257(a); Agriculture, Art, Business, Dance, English, World Language, Health Science, Home Economics, Industrial and Technology Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Science, or Theater.

For Education Specialist Credential: a degree major of Liberal Studies or one of the degree majors listed for Single Subject Credential.

If you have questions regarding SMC, please consult our SMC FAQ.

If after reviewing the SMC FAQ, you still have questions, please contact the AB 130 Coordinator,
Kate Herman,


CSUB only provides verification to current CSUB students or applicants who have applied/are applying to one of our credential programs.

The approximate processing time for a SMC verification is 2-3 weeks.

Please do not mail, email, or fax documents unless requested to do so. Failure to follow submittal instructions may be cause for delayed or rejection of the verification.


Complete and submit your verification request with your unofficial transcripts in one PDF document to the submission portal.

No other file format will be accepted. Do not zip or password protect your file. Do not upload multiple files,  your verification must be in one file.

How to create and submit your verification form and supporting documents:

  1. To complete the verification request, download the form to your device. Open it in Adobe Reader, fill it in, ensuring you have completed all required information. Print or save the application as PDF to your device. If you do not have Adobe Reader you can download the app free from any app store.
    Subject Matter Verification Form

  2. To compile your verification request and supporting documents into one file you will need to merge  your documents. Adobe Reader does not have merge functions unless purchased. To merge your documents there is free Adobe merge software available such as: I love PDF, PDF Merge, or PDF Joiner.

  3. Name your PDF: Last Name_First Name_CSUB ID_SMC
    Save a copy for your records.

  4. Upload your PDF file to the secure submission portal:
    SMC Submission Portals

    Multiple Subject

    Single Subject

    Special Education