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Find the Right Preparation Program in Three Steps

Step Two: Think about all the factors impacting the decision — California specific

Selecting the right teacher preparation program for you is critical. Spend time in analyzing all the relevant information. Your research can save you time and money.

Range of Teacher Preparation Program Options



Time Classes Are Offered

Length of Program

Subject Matter Competence

Teacher candidates are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach before beginning student teaching. There are two options to meet this requirement:

Completing an approved subject matter program that satisfies the standardsIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site helps a candidate to efficiently qualify for a credential at the baccalaureate level.

Be cautious. Not all baccalaureate degree programs fulfill the Commission's standards for subject matter preparation.

(New changes effective: April 1, 2017, for elementary and special education credentialsIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site).