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So you want to earn your California Teacher Certification? Let's take a look at the step by step instructions:

Traditional Approach for the California Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then take the steps necessary to earn your Master’s Degree ASAP.
  2. Complete the Teacher Preparations Program. This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and obtain a formal recommendation from your college/university.
  3. Pass your Basic Skills Requirement exam (CBEST)
  4. You will need to confirm your subject matter competency by 1 of the following:
  5. Complete the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA). Individuals who hold a valid Teacher Certification are exempt from this prerequisite.
  6. Satisfy the Developing English Language Skills by completing a comprehensive reading course.
  7. Complete a course about the principles of the U.S. Constitution. This course can be taken at any accredited college or university.
  8. Complete the Computer Technology Course to learn the required skills of using computers in an education setting.
  9. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • Application fees
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Fingerprint cards, release form, and background check form
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      California Commission On Teacher Credentialing
      P.O. Box 944270
      1900 Capitol Avenue
      Sacramento, CA 94244-2700
      (916) 445-7254
  10. *Do you want to renew your California Teacher Certification?*

Alternative Approach for the California Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your teaching credentials in California. The state offers a District Intern Credentenial Program which allows the holder to start their teaching career before they complete their teacher education program. The certificate is valid for 2 years and can be renewed 1 time before they must continue the standard path

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then take the steps necessary to earn your Master’s Degree ASAP.
  2. Pass your Basic Skills Requirement exam (CBEST)
  3. Complete a course about the principles of the U.S. Constitution. This course can be taken at any accredited college or university.
  4. Have current school verify internship
  5. You will need to confirm your subject matter competency by 1 of the following:
  6. Complete 120 hours of training or 6 semester units
  7. Sign up for a mentoring progam
  8. Submit the following:
    • Complete Application
    • Application fees
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Fingerprint cards, release form, and background check form
    • Copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      California Commission On Teacher Credentialing
      P.O. Box 944270
      1900 Capitol Avenue
      Sacramento, CA 94244-2700
      (916) 445-7254

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  • A private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1905 and open to students of any faith.
  • Has an average class size of 20 students.
  • 97% of students receive financial aid, with the average freshman receiving $10,000.
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  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
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  • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
  • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
  • Equipped with over 17,000 titles in their library.
  • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
  • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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