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Reading Instruction Competence Assessment   

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Every applicant for an initial Multiple Subject Teaching Credential on or after October 1, 1998, or an initial Education Specialist Instruction Credential on or after January 1, 2000, shall be required to obtain a passing score on the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) with the following exceptions:

(a) Applicants applying for a document exempt by Education Code 44283.2(b).

(b) Applicants applying for a one-year nonrenewable or a two-year preliminary teaching credential based on 1) a teacher education program including student teaching obtained outside of California and 2) a baccalaureate degree. These applicants must pass the RICA prior to renewing the two-year preliminary unless exempt by §80071.5(c) or (d).

(c) Applicants holding a valid California teaching credential based on a baccalaureate degree and a teacher education program including student teaching, other than those applicants renewing the credentials described in (b) to either the three-year preliminary credential or, if the three-year preliminary credential is not requested, the professional clear credential.

(d) Applicants holding a valid teaching credential from another state, with a comparable authorization to the credential sought.

(e) Applicants applying for an internship credential based on Education Code §44452. These applicants must pass the RICA prior to obtaining a preliminary or professional clear credential of the same type, unless exempt by §80071.5(c) or (d).

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225(q)


Education Code 44252(b)(3)

Education Code 44253

Education Code 44283

Education Code 44283.2

Education Code 44452

(Added by Register 2000, No. 25)