Who should have a credential file?
- Educational employers are the primary users of credential files. Candidates applying for positions in schools, colleges and universities should have files. Files are most frequently established for elementary and secondary school teachers, special education teachers, school administrators, college teachers and professors, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and any other specialty area used by schools. Students applying to graduate school may also use a credential file.
- Candidates applying for jobs in business, private industry or government generally do not set up a credential file, but may establish a file if they so desire. Candidates should keep a typed list of references to be supplied to employers upon request. The list should include names, titles, business addresses, email address, and phone numbers of at least three people who will support your application.
What is a credential file?
A credential file is a packet of background information that is sent to prospective employers when a candidate is applying for a position. The file may consist of the following:
- Credential File Release Form
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Unofficial PSU Transcript
- Letters of Recommendation (Open or Confidential)
- Student Teaching Evaluations
- Copy of Teaching Licensure
**We strongly recommend that files do not contain photos.