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Community College Student Planning a Secondary School Teaching Career

If you are planning a career as a secondary school teacher, there are many things you should be doing right now. You must complete your general education class and lower-division courses in your major. Contact your local community college to see what specific courses they offer and plan your transfer to a 4-year college now.
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Community College 4-Year College Teacher Prep  
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Participate in a teacher recruitment program at your community college.
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Gain experience and learn what teaching is like by volunteering in classrooms for different grades, tutoring, or mentoring students. Check out service learning activities. Volunteer with local education foundations.
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Research and plan to take teacher preparation-related courses that are transferable to the 4-year or teacher preparation program you plan to complete.
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Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
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Complete a professional preparation program for the Single Subject Credential, including successful student teaching, and obtain the formal recommendation for the credential by the California college or university where the program was completed.
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Complete a Developing English Language Skills, including Reading course that is research-based and includes the study of phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, early intervention techniques, ongoing diagnostic techniques, and a strong literature, language, and comprehension component.
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Pass a course (at least two semester units) on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution.
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Pass an examination on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution at a regionally accredited community college, college, or university.
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Verify subject-matter competence by one of the following methods:
Receive a passing score on the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) subject-matter examination(s).
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Complete a Commission-approved subject-matter program or its equivalent and obtain verification of completion from the authorized person in the education department of a California college or university with an accredited program.
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Complete computer education coursework that includes general and specialized skills in the use of computers in education settings.

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