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To teach middle or secondary school in California, you must have the Single Subject Teaching Credential. This credential authorizes public school teaching in specific subjects in a departmentalized classroom such as those in most middle schools or high schools. Teaching in these subjects may be authorized for preschool, kindergarten, grades 1-5, and classes organized primarily for adults.
To obtain a Preliminary Credential which is valid only for 5 years, the following requirements must be met:
- Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited university
- Teacher preparation program (credential program, including student teaching)
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement. A recent change allows specified scores on selected College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations to be used to demonstrate basic skills competency.
- Demonstrate subject matter competency with:
- Passage of California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
Test preparation programs are often provided by the school district or county office of education for teachers with less than a Preliminary Credential. Contact the Personnel Office for this information.
- Completion of approved single subject program
- Complete developing English Language skills courses
- Complete U.S. Constitution course
- Foundational computer technology course
To obtain a Clear Credential (renewable after 5 years) you must complete one of the following options:
- Complete a Professional Teacher Induction Program at your employing school district.
- Obtain National Board certification
If you have a bachelors of arts or bachelors of science (BA/BS) degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an internship program while you complete the coursework necessary for a credential. You might even be able to challenge the course work portion via the Early Completion Internship Option.
If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorization.
Credentialed in another state? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.