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Teacher credentialing requirements in California


November 12, 2016


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Published: November 12, 2016

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in the state of California, it is important that you understand all of the requirements for teacher credentialing in order to ensure the process flows as smoothly as possible. After you have determined what grade level you would like to teach, there are a few fundamental steps in acquiring your teaching credential.

  • The first thing you must do to begin the CA teacher credentialing process is to complete at least your bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • The second thing you must do for the teacher credentialing process is to complete an approved program for teacher training.  These types of programs are offered through universities and colleges, various community colleges, school districts, regional service centers, as well as other educational facilities.
  • Finally, all teachers looking to obtain CA teacher credentialing must complete all of the necessary teacher certification tests needed for the grade level they hope to teach.

Some teachers who have taken all of these steps to complete their bachelor’s degree, along with their California classroom teaching certificate, can add other classroom certification credentials by simply completing extra certifications examinations for their areas of interest. This depends on which credential they currently hold and the one that they wish to add. CTC.ca.gov outlines the additional educational requirements that may be necessary depending on the specialization.

As you can see, the credentialing process for becoming a teacher in the state of California does take a bit of time and dedication; however it is certainly worth the effort.  Once you have acquired these degrees and certifications, you have taken the steps to ensure your future, and given yourself the opportunity to be employed in a variety of school settings just about anywhere in the state.

Once completed, you will quickly realize that this process was the best and most rewarding move you could have ever made for yourself and your career.

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