Basic Skills Requirement & Subject Matter Requirement

Please carefully review the following information about the Basic Skills Requirement and Subject Matter Requirement.

The Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) and Subject Matter Requirement (SMR) are not required for admission to USF. The BSR and SMR are requirements defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and must be met at specific times during a student's USF program.

Subject Matter Requirement (SMR)

Candidates must complete the Subject Matter Requirement through one of five available options. Please review the CTC website for details on completing this requirement. (Note: If you are planning to meet this requirement by previous coursework, please keep in mind that your previous coursework will be reviewed for SMR in your second semester.) 

CTC Subject Matter Requirements

Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

Candidates must complete the Basic Skills Requirement through one of eight available options. Please review the CTC website for details on completing the requirement. (Note: If you are planning to meet this requirement by previous coursework, please keep in mind that your previous coursework will be reviewed for BSR in your first semester.) 

CTC Basic Skills Requirement

Note: International students who will study on a F-1 student visa must complete the BSR and SMR requirements prior to applying to a USF credential program. Contact schoolofeducation@uscfca.edu if you have questions about these requirements.