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. All teaching credentials in California are obtained through a two-level process, beginning with the preliminary credential and resulting in the clear credential. School districts may also look for other related qualifications and experience.
A preliminary credential is valid only for 5 years. The following requirements must be met to obtain the preliminary credential:
To obtain a clear credential, you must complete one of the following options before the preliminary credential expires:
An intern program is 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 Intern Option. The Find the Right Preparation Program page identifies California specific information you should know prior to selecting an Intern teacher preparation program.
You may want to add another credential or authorization.
If you are already credentialed in another state or country, you should visit the My Career Plan section.