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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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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
  • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
  • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
  • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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B.S. in Child Studies
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • 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.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • 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.
  • Offers over 25 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Has approximately 5,000 students; 60% female and 40% male.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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