To be a teacher, you must meet all the requirements for a credential. California teaching credentials have similar basic requirements, but there are specific requirements for each type of teaching.
To be a special educator in California, you must have the Education Specialist Instruction Credential. It authorizes the holder to teach in the area of specialization and in a variety of settings listed on the credential. School districts may also look for other related qualifications and experience.
There are a variety of career opportunities available in special education that require either a California teaching credential from the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, the state agency that grants credentials, or a California professional license from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Careers that require a teaching or services credential:
Careers that require professional license or have an option of a license: