For Secondary (Single Subject)

Pathways to a Teaching Credential

View a chart that illustrates the different pathways to a teaching credential.

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:

To obtain a Clear Credential (renewable after 5 years) you must complete one of the following options:

If you have a BA/BS degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an internship program new browser window icon 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 new browser window icon.

If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorization new browser window icon.

Credentialed in another state? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.