What are the requirements for getting teaching credentials in California?
First and foremost you must have a bachelor's (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university.
Every teacher must have an academic major, as well as teacher training courses. The only exemption from the degree requirement is for individuals seeking certification in highly technical fields such as welding and computer-aided drafting. If you are unsure in what area you would like to teach, keep in mind that the high-need fields such as Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Special Education offer you the greatest chance at qualifying for special government financial assistance. To browse our bachelor's programs click here.
Second, you must complete teacher training through an approved program.
These programs are offered through colleges and universities, school districts, regional service centers, community colleges, and other entities.
Lastly, you must successfully complete the appropriate teacher certification tests for the subject and grade level you wish to teach.
A teacher who holds an appropriate California classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may also add classroom certification areas by completing the necessary certification examination for the area sought.
It is important to have an idea of what part of the California school system you will want to work in while you are pursuing your certification.
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