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Elementary Credential Requirements (California prepared)

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To teach elementary school in California, you must have the Multiple Subject Teaching CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site which authorizes teaching in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1-12, and classes for adults. School districts may also look for other related qualifications and experience.

California has a two-level teaching credential.

Intern ProgramIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site (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 work as a teacher. You might even be able to challenge the course work portion via the Early Completion Internship OptionIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

If you already have a teaching California credential, you may want to add another credential or authorizationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

Credentialed in another state or country? Go to the Make and Follow Your Plan section.

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