dcsimg

How to Become a Teacher in California: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person aspiring to become a teacher might want to take to become certified to teach in the state of California. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information regarding teacher salaries in California, see here.

Traditional Approach for the California Teacher Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may want to consider going for a master's degree as well.
  2. Complete the Teacher Preparations Program. This includes teacher prep courses, student teaching, and obtaining a formal recommendation from your college/university.
  3. Pass your Basic Skills Requirement exam (CBEST)
  4. Confirm your subject matter competency with one 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 that allows the holder to start their teaching career before they complete their teacher education program. The certificate is valid for two years and can be renewed once before they must continue the standard path

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may want to consider going for a master's degree as well.
  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. Confirm your subject matter competency with one of the following:
  6. Complete 120 hours or 6 semester units of training
  7. Sign up for a mentoring program
  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

Sources:

  1. California Alternative Route to Certification (Intern Programs), Commission on Teacher Credentialing, https://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/intern/
  2. California Educator Credentialing Examinations, http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/
  3. Basic Skills Requirement, State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl667.pdf?sfvrsn=91a6cf60_16
  4. Apply for a New Document, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/apply
  5. Fingerprint Information, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/fee-and-fingerprint
  6. CCTC Accepting Livescan Fingerprint Receipts, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/commission/coded/1998/989826.pdf

Teaching Schools in California

This list also contains online schools that accept students from California
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
  • Colangelo College of Business: Features more than 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree.
  • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions: Rich 25-year history providing outstanding health care and nursing degree programs, including an RN to BSN program & master's in nursing degrees.
  • College of Education: Whether you are looking to start or advance your career as a teacher or administrator, GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas.
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Provides a job focused education and features a variety of programs from counseling and psychology to justice studies, history and English literature.
  • Does something else interest you? GCU also offers programs in Doctoral Studies; Theology; Science, Engineering & Technology; and Fine Arts & Production. Speak with an enrollment counselor today!
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
MED: Curriculum and Instruction: General Education
  • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
  • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • 87% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • 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.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
MS in Education - Secondary Education

Saint Joseph’s University is a comprehensive, regionally accredited university. Our national rankings and AACSB accreditation in the Haub School indicate the high quality of our undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs both online and on campus.

  • Online Courses