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Frequently Asked Questions

Credentials

A Mathematics Career - Are there different types of credentials to teach math?

A Science Career - I understand there is a need for science teachers, but I've heard there are different types of science credentials. Can you explain the differences?

A Special Education Career - I want to know about the types of special education teachers?

A Special Education Career - Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: What are the credential requirements?

A Special Education Career - Physical Therapist: What are the professional licensing requirements?

A Special Education Career - School Psychologist: What are the key credentialing and related information?

A Special Education Career - School Psychologist: What kind of preparation programs are available?

A Special Education Career - Special Education Administrator: What are the credential requirements?

A Special Education Career - Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP): What are the credential requirements?

A Special Education Career - Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP): What are the kinds of preparation programs available?

A Special Education Career - Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLP) Assistant: What are the credential requirements?

Administrator or Principal: Administrative Services Credential: What are the requirements to be a principal in California?

CBEST: I have a master's degree in the subject I wish to teach. Do I just need to pass the CBEST in order to teach in a k-12 classroom?

CBEST: What is the CBEST and how long does it remain valid?

Child Development Permits – Early Childhood/Preschool: I want to work in an early childhood program. What kind of permit or credential do I need?

From outside of the United States and would like to become a credentialed teacher in California. What do I need to do?

I already have a basic credential and would like to add special education. What do I need to do?

I am a teacher who is interested in moving to California to teach. I have heard that the teaching licenses from other states are usually not accepted by California. Is that true?

I am considering changing my career and becoming a teacher. I know I have to complete a teacher preparation program but I need to keep working in order to support my family. Is this possible?

I am thinking of moving to the US, am not a teacher now but would like to teach in California. What do I need to do?

I have been teaching in another state for many years and am now thinking of relocating to California. What do I need to do in order to teach in California?

I have read that the requirements for becoming a teacher in California have become easier for teachers from other states. Is this true for teachers from other countries?

I would like to try substitute teaching to see if I like teaching. What are the requirements?

Paraeducator: I am a paraeducator. I'm thinking of becoming a special education teacher, but have to continue working while taking classes. Is there any program that can help me?

What is an "approved teaching preparation program"?

Financial Aid

I am not from California and I am wondering if I am eligible for any California-based financial aid.

I am on active duty and thinking about becoming a teacher. Are there any programs that can help me?

I am only interested in getting a student loan. Do I still need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

I have been researching different scholarships and I have found some services that will do the search for you, for a fee. Is this a good deal? Are they helpful?

I have heard about National Board Certification and would like to know if there are any financial benefits to obtaining this certification.

I know there is a shortage of special education teachers but are there any programs to help someone obtain their Education Specialist Instruction Credential?

I missed the March 2nd priority filing date of the FAFSA. Does that mean I am not eligible for financial aid?

I need to look for scholarships but I don't even know how to begin. Can you help?

I want to become a teacher but am worried about tuition. How do I apply for financial aid?

I would like to live in the neighborhood in which I teach but I do not think I can afford to purchase a house. Are there programs that could help me realize this dream?

I've heard that there are some new financial aid programs for future teachers in high need areas. Do you have any information about them?

What is the FAFSA and who has to file it?

Jobs

Do I need to major in the subject I wish to teach?

I am from out-of-state and understand that each school district in California does its own hiring. Do I have to call each school district, or log on to each district's Web site, in order to see what jobs are available in the state?

I am not sure what grade level I wish to teach. What would be the best ways for me to figure this out?

I want to teach but I want to make sure I can get a job. Are there some types of teachers needed more than others?

I've been working in private industry for many years and am seriously considering changing my career and becoming a teacher. I can't go back to school 100% as I have a family to support. What are my options?

What is an intern program?