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The Sojourn Certificated Employee Credential

The Sojourn Certificated Employee Credential authorizes the holder to provide bilingual instruction, foreign language instruction, or cultural enrichment in the elementary and/or secondary grades of the employing California public school district in the subjects the applicant is academically competent to teach.

Requirements for the Credential

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:
1. Completed credential application (form 41-4)

2. Character and Identification Clearance (form 41-CIC)

3. Copy of Livescan Service (form 41-LS) receipt or two fingerprint cards (form FD-258)

4. Required fees

5. Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents prior to applying to the Commission for a California credential, permit, or certificate

6. Certification by the governing board of the employing California school district that the applicant is a bilingual-biliterate teacher, fluent both in English (this may be satisfied by passage of the employer-administered basic skills examinationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site) and the target language by one of the following:
a. a three-year or higher degree from a foreign institution in which all instruction is delivered in the target language

b. passage in the target language of the listening and speaking sections of Test 6 of the CLAD/BCLAD Examinations

c. passage in the target language of the exit assessment covering oral language proficiency, both listening and speaking, administered by a California college or university as a part of its Commission-approved BCLAD emphasis program
7. Verification that the applicant was employed as a teacher during the calendar year immediately preceding the date of application

8. Certification by the governing board of the employing California school district that the applicant will be employed by the school district in a teaching assignment authorized by the Sojourn Certificated Employee Credential, and that the applicant has been informed in writing of his or her employment status and renewal requirements

9. A written statement, signed by the applicant, verifying knowledge of the general requirements for a regular credential and agreeing to diligently pursue completion of those requirements

10. Verification transcript showing passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) (A one-year nonrenewable [OYNR] credential is available to applicants who meet requirements 1-9 above and have not yet passed the CBEST. Request a CBEST Information Bulletin and registration materials from the CBEST Program, National Evaluation Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 340880, Sacramento, CA 95834-0880, 916-928-4001.)