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People with Teaching Experience — Credential Options
Individuals with some private school teaching experience have options with certain California credentials
requirements. Experience in a career other than teaching, even with an advanced degree, does not generally
replace any requirements.
If you have:
at least 3 years of experience teaching at the
elementary or secondary level
in a private school you may be eligible for a preliminary California credential
teaching experience in another state or country, you may be able to apply for a preliminary
credential in California. To find out more, you can answer some questions about yourself in the
Make and Follow Your Plan section.
Peace Corps teaching experience,
it may be accepted in lieu of the teacher preparation program requirement for the elementary (Multiple Subject Credential) or
high school/middle school (Single Subject Credential).
taught in the past year and wish to provide bilingual instruction, foreign language instruction, or cultural enrichment,
you may be eligible for the Sojourn Certificated Employee Credential.
cross-cultural teaching experience in a foreign country, you may be eligible for the
Exchange Visitor Program for Teachers
technical or vocational experience and wish to teach career technical education, you may want to obtain a
Career Technical Education Teaching Credential
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) sets teacher preparation standards, approves teacher preparation
programs, and grants three types of teaching credentials as well as related
documents and other credentials.
What's your next step for becoming a teacher in California? Find the answer by using the
My Career Plan tool.