Secondary (Single Subject) Credential Requirements (California Prepared)
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To teach middle or secondary school in California, you must have the Single Subject Teaching Credential. This credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.
California has a two-level teaching credential.
To obtain a Preliminary Credential which is valid only for 5 years, the following requirements must be met:
- Obtain a baccalaureate degree
- Satisfy the basic skills requirement
- Satisfy the subject-matter competence requirement
- Satisfy the Developing English Language Skills including reading instruction requirement
- Complete a course or pass an examination on the U.S. Constitution
- Complete a foundational computer technology course
- Complete a Commission-approved single subjects teacher preparation program
To obtain a Clear Credential, you must complete one of the following options before the Preliminary Credential expires:
- Complete a General Education Induction Program at your employing school district.
- Complete a Commission-approved General Education Clear credential program through a California college or university.
- Obtain National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification
Intern Program (An alternative path to a preliminary credential).
If you have a baccalaureate degree and have met other requirements, you may be eligible for an intern program while you complete the coursework necessary for a credential and teach. 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.
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