California has a two-level teaching credential. The preliminary credential, valid for five years, is the first document issued after an out-of-country prepared individual has met the basic credential requirements, which include a baccalaureate degree and teacher preparation.
The clear credential, valid for two years, is issued after all credential requirements have been met, including induction teaching and professional development experiences.
If you have completed a teacher preparation program outside the United States, you are eligible for a preliminary credential if you meet the requirements and provide:
While bilingual abilities are beneficial, the ability to read, write, speak and understand English is required. You must be legally eligible to work in the United States. (This means that you must be a: U.S. citizen, or a legal resident with a Social Security Number or an Individual Tax Identification Number). Browse the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website for details.