Information Sessions & Counseling
The Center for Teacher Education offers counselor-led information sessions that provide an overview of the teaching profession, which includes information about the pathways to becoming a teacher, academic preparation, the CBEST and CSET exams, and credential requirements. Students may also meet with a Center for Teacher Education counselor to receive individual academic advisement and to obtain a comprehensive educational plan, which maps out their coursework in preparation to become a teacher. Contact the Center for Teacher Education to sign up for an information session or to make a counseling appointment.
Levels of Teaching
- Preschool Teachers/Child Care Workers
- Elementary School Teachers (K-6)
- Secondary School Teachers (Middle School/Jr. High School/High School)
- Special Education Teacher (K-12)
- College/University Faculty (Post-Secondary/Higher Education)
- Counselors (School Counseling/College Counseling)
- Adult Education
Types of Teaching Credentials
In California there are three basic teaching credentials issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). In addition to these credentials, the CCTC also issues Child Development permits for those interested in working with children up to 5 years of age.
Child Development Permit
These permits authorize service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program. Individuals must have a permit to be eligible for child care and development teaching or administration positions funded by the California Department of Education - Child Development Division. For more information on the Child Development Permit, view the Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Education / Teaching Pre-School and After-School Programs handout. For course information pertaining to the six levels of the Child Development Permit, listed below, view the Child Development Permit Matrix.
- Child Development Assistant Permit
Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
Child Development Teacher Permit
Child Development Master Teacher Permit
Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
Child Development Program Director Permit
PK-3 Early Childhood Education Instruction Specialist Credential
This credential authorizes a person to teach young children in grades PK through 3. For more information on the "PK-3 ECE Credential," view the Preparing to Teach PK-3 Early Childhood Education handout.
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
This credential authorizes a person to teach in a classroom where many different subjects are taught by a single individual, such as in elementary schools. For more information on Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials, view the Preparing to Teach Elementary School handout.
Single Subject Teaching Credential
This credential authorizes a person to teach in a classroom where only one subject is taught, such as a classroom in departmentalized high schools and junior high schools. Single Subject Teaching Credentials are offered in California in areas listed below. For more information on Single Subject Teaching Credentials, view the Preparing to Teach Junior High and High School handout.
- English Language Development
- Foundational-Level General Science
- Foundational-Level Mathematics
- Health Science
- Home Economics
- Industrial and Technology Education
- Physical Education
- Science: Biological Sciences
- Science: Chemistry
- Science: Geosciences
- Science: Physics
World Languages: Languages other than English
Education Specialist Credential
This credential authorizes a person to work with children with special needs. The person holding this credential may work with elementary, junior high, or high school students. Specialty areas are listed below. For more information on Education Specialist Credentials, view the Preparing to Teach Special Education handout.
- Mild to Moderate Support Needs
- Extensive Support Needs
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Visual Impairments
Basic Skills Competency Information
Those who wish to apply for a teaching credential must meet the basic skills competency requirement by demonstrating basic skills proficiency in reading, writing, and math. There are several ways to meet the basic skills competency requirement. For more information, visit the Basic Skills Requirement webpage.
The TEACH California website is the California Department of Education's (CDE) primary web effort for recruiting individuals to the teaching profession. This website is a resource to help "explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources." For more information, visit the
TEACH California website.