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Yes. Adult Education (AE) and Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers must be certified by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in order to be employed in a California public school. Qualified individuals may apply through LACOE for a 3 year preliminary teaching credential in either AE or CTE. Go to How to Apply for a Designated Subjects Credential and choose the appropriate application packet to see the preliminary AE or CTE credential qualifications and requirements.

You will need to contact the state's credential or education agency to ask whether they will accept your California credential. Each state's credential requirements may differ.

All credential documents issued on or after September 1, 2008 are available on the Commission's website in a view and print format.

Download Name Change and Personal Profile: Form 41-NC
You can send your change of address via e-mail to credentials@ctc.ca.gov, or by postal mail to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, P.O. Box 944270, Sacramento, CA 94244-2700. Please be sure to include your new and former address, last name, and your social security number in your correspondence for verification purposes. 

Please see the California Department of Education's Frequently Asked NCLB Questions for CTE Teachers at this link.

Select the appropriate Designated Subjects Credential packet from our website as shown below:

·      Career Technical Education

      •  Packet 1 - First Time Applicant for a Preliminary CTE Credential
      •  Packet 2 - Applicant for a Preliminary CTE Credential who holds a previous CA Credential
      •  Packet 5 - Applicant for a Clear CTE Credential (for those who are ready to clear their preliminary credential)

·      Adult Education

      • Packet 3 - First Time Applicant for a Preliminary Credential
      • Packet 4 - Applicant for a Preliminary AE Credential who holds a previous CA Credential
      • Packet 6 - Applicant for a Clear AE Credential (for those who are ready to clear their preliminary credential)

·      Supervision and Coordination

      • Packet 7 - Applicant for a Supervision and Coordination Credential
The Designated Subjects Adult Education (AE) credential is for qualified individuals seeking a teaching position in an adult school within a school district or other adults-only school. The credential is limited to teaching adults. There are two types of AE credentials: Academic and Non-academic. See the appropriate AE application packet on our website for more information.

The Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential is for qualified individuals seeking a teaching position in a middle school, high school, adult school, ROCP,  or other training school. The credential allows teaching in the CTE subject authorization for students middle and high school ages through adults. Individuals are limited to teaching the specific CTE subject authorization(s) listed on their credential. See the appropriate CTE application packet on our website for more information.

 

Credential courses required for clearing the 3 year preliminary Career Technical Education credentials and Adult Education credentials are offered four terms per year. Courses may not be taken concurrently (with the exception of the HET course) and must be completed in the following order:

  • Early Orientation (within first 30 days of the preliminary credential issuance date)
  • Foundations of Classroom Management
  • Foundations of Curriculum
  • Teaching English Learners and Students with Special Needs (CTE only)
  • Foundations of Teaching Adult Learners (Adult Ed only)
  • Teaching Portfolio
  • If needed, Advanced Professional Training (CTE only)
  • Health Education for Teachers (HET may be taken at any time)

See our Credentials Course Overview for course descriptions. Early Orientation instructions and Class Schedule flyers are emailed to approved preliminary credential candidates and can be found on our website. Additional information regarding the coursework may be found in the Class Schedule including:

  • Location (all classes are online with the exception of the Advanced Professional Training for CTE Credentials)
  • Cost per class
  • Course dates
  • Instructor name
  • Textbooks required
  • Course units earned through University of San Diego
  • Registration instructions

Other requirements to clear the preliminary CTE or AE credential include:

  • U.S. Constitution requirement (may be completed at any time)
  • Infant, Child and Adult CPR certification (may be completed at any time)
  • Four semesters of verified teaching experience during the three year period of the preliminary credential or completion of the Advanced Professional Training course (for CTE credentials only)
  • At least two semesters of supervision and mentoring documentation verifying program competencies have been met or completion of the Advanced Professional Training course (for CTE credentials only)

For more information, see How to Apply for a Designated Subjects Credential and select the appropriate application packet.

The Designated Subjects Credential courses are offered by LACOE through the University of San Diego (USD). All courses are in an online format (except for the Advanced Professional Training for CTE Credentials course which is only offered onsite). All courses are offered four terms per year--winter, spring, summer, and fall-with two class sections of each course scheduled per term.

View the current class schedule which has registration instructions at the bottom. Or go directly to the USD website to register at pce.sandiego.edu. Click on the course that you need and then view the available sections by clicking on the + sign on the right side.  Select your preferred class section for the cart and then checkout. You will be prompted to create a student account or log in to an existing account. Once the process is complete, you will receive a confirmation of registration which you should print and save.

Typically you will receive an email from the instructor at least one day before your class begins. The instructor will ask that you respond to the email to confirm your email address and may have other information for you. Make sure you check your spam or junk email if you do not receive an email from the instructor.  If you have not received an email by the first day of class, contact LACOE at 562-922-6798.   
USD does not offer financial aid for the credential courses. However, both the California Credit Union and the SchoolsFirst Credit Union offer personal loans for teachers  who are pursuing their professional education.  Please click on the websites for more information. 
If you do not have a teaching position, you may let your preliminary credential expire and then complete the clear credential requirements at a later time. Once you have completed the clear credential requirements, you may apply for the clear credential.

If you currently have a teaching position, you may apply for a one-year extension through LACOE if you meet the CTC guidelines. Please note that lack of finances is not considered a valid reason for having not completed your clear credential requirements. The Guidelines for Extension Requests are available on this website or contact LACOE at 562-922-6798 for further information.   

View these instructions on how to clear a preliminary Designated Subjects AE or CTE credential. 

 

Once you have cleared your Designated Subjects Credential, it will be issued for five years. You must renew the credential with CTC every five years in order to keep it active. Renewals must be done directly with CTC on their website

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE DESIGNATED SUBJECTS SUPERVISION AND COORDINATION CREDENTIAL?
This credential is for applicants who have:

 

  • a clear full-time Adult Education or Career Technical Education credential
  • three years of full-time teaching experience
  • completed the Supervision and Coordination course (also known as Level 3)
  • passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

HOW DO I TAKE THE SUPERVISION AND COORDINATION COURSE?
If you hold a clear full-time AE or CTE credential and have a minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience, you may contact LACOE to enroll in the Supervision and Coordination course. The course is offered once per year in the spring semester and is taught online with three onsite class meetings. Participants will earn six semester units of credit through the University of San Diego. Contact LACOE for more details at 562-922-6798 or email matzek_linda@lacoe.edu.

HOW DO I TAKE THE CALIFORNIA BASIC EDUCATION SKILLS TEST (CBEST)?
The CBEST is offered at various locations across the state for either computer-based testing or paper-based testing. Go to this link for more information http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/

HOW IS THIS CREDENTIAL USED? WHAT LEAS WILL ACCEPT THIS CREDENTIAL FOR SUPERVISION OF ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS?
This credential is accepted by some ROCPs and Adult Schools for specific supervisory positions related to AE or CTE. It is generally not accepted by schools districts and County Offices of Education for administrative positions that require supervision of teachers and counselors.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THIS CREDENTIAL?
Once you have passed the CBEST and completed the Supervision and Coordination course, you may select credential application packet #7 from our credential services home page and download the required forms. Follow the checklist instructions to complete all forms and submit required items and fees.

 

Adult Education Credentials
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You may obtain an application packet for a Designated Subjects Adult Education credential by visiting our website at www.lacoe.edu/CurriculumInstruction/CareerTechnicalEd. In this website you will be able to download instructions and an application packet by "clicking" on the link for the appropriate application. Once you have the application on the screen, you may fill it out and save and/or print the form. Print, sign, and mail to the address on the bottom of the first page of the application. If you are experiencing difficulty with the website you may contact us at (562) 922-6798.
Once you have an application packet, please follow the check list on the front cover of the packet to ensure that you have included the applicable fees, application forms, work verification letters, official transcripts, and completed live scan forms required to complete the application packet. Please mail in your packet to the LACOE-CTE Credential Services Office. The mailing address is located on the bottom of the front cover of the application packet.

If you have any questions about completing the packet, please contact the LACOE-CTE Credentials Services Unit at (562) 922-6798, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

See the chart below for the conversion of work and education for the three years of experience required for each general subject on the Adult Education credential:

•  +3 years work experience
High school diploma or equivalent

• +2 years work experience
24 semester units of college related to the general subject or one year of full-time general education teaching experience in grades K-12

• +1 year work experience
48 semester units of college related to the general subject
Once LACOE-CTE Credential Services receives the application packet, the credentials coordinator will review the packet within 30 days. If there is any additional information or documentation required to process your credential, the credentials coordinator will contact the applicant. Once the application is approved, the credentials coordinator will email a credential recommendation letter which notifies the applicant that LACOE-CTE is recommending the applicant for the Designated Subjects Adult Education credential. The credential recommendation letter along with the application packet documents are then mailed to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in Sacramento. CTC will send the applicant an email notifying them that the credential is pending evaluation.  It generally takes 3-4 months for CTC to review the application packet and post the credential on their website at www.ctc.ca.gov

The credential recommendation letter sent to the applicant by the LACOE credentials coordinator may be used to begin teaching on a provisional basis until CTC approves the credential. The decision to accept the recommendation letter on a provisional basis is at the discretion of the employing school district.
The Credential Services Unit offers an appointment service for those applicants that are seeking to expedite the review of their credential application packet. There is an additional $60 per hour appointment fee payable via money order or cashier's check to LACOE. These appointments are recommended for applicants that have an urgent situation such as pending employment offer that will begin in less than 30 days or a credential that is expiring in less than 30 days.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the LACOE-CTE Credential Services Unit at (562) 922-6798, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you have already received a letter of recommendation from LACOE-CTE, allow approximately 30 working days for the CTC to notify you via e-mail that your application packet has been received. The e-mail will also state that you may view your credential within 48 hours on the CTC website; however, this simply means that you may view your name and that your application is pending evaluation. Please allow approximately 3-4 months before your credential is issued by the CTC. You may check the status of your credential on the CTC website at: www.ctc.ca.gov.

If you have any questions regarding the status of the approval of your credential, and the CTC has already received your application packet, you may contact the CTC via e-mail at credentials@ctc.ca.gov or call Monday - Friday afternoons only from 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. at (888) 921-2682.
After you have been notified by the LACOE Credentials Coordinator that your Preliminary Adult Education Credential application has been approved, you must begin the Early Orientation Modules 1-6 as well as the Professional Development Modules 7 and 10 within 30 days.  You may not begin your credentials coursework until all modules have been completed and the certificates have been submitted to the LACOE Credentials Coordinator. The instructions for completing the modules can be found on this website.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Credential Services Unit at 562-922-6798.

 

Credential courses required for clearing the 3 year preliminary Adult Education credential are offered four terms per year. Courses may not be taken concurrently (with the exception of the HET course) and must be completed in the following order:

  • Early Orientation (within first 30 days of the preliminary credential issuance date)
  • Foundations of Classroom Management
  • Foundations of Curriculum
  • Foundations of Teaching Adult Learners
  • Teaching Portfolio
  • Health Education for Teachers (HET may be taken at any time)

See the AE Credentials Coursework Overview for more information. Early Orientation instructions and Class Schedule flyers are emailed to approved preliminary credential candidates. Additional information regarding the coursework may be found in the Class Schedule including:

  • Location (all classes are online)
  • Cost per class
  • Course dates
  • Instructor name
  • Textbooks required
  • Course units earned through University of San Diego
  • Registration instructions

Other requirements to clear the preliminary AE credential include:

  • U.S. Constitution requirement (may be completed at any time)
  • Infant, Child and Adult CPR certification (may be completed at any time)
  • Four terms of verified teaching experience during the three year period of the preliminary AE credential
  • At least two terms of supervision and mentoring documentation verifying program competencies have been met

For more information, see How to Apply for a Designated Subjects Credential and select the appropriate application packet.

    Career Technical Education Credentials
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    You may obtain an application packet for a Designated Subjects Career Technical Education credential by visiting our website at www.lacoe.edu/CurriculumInstruction/CareerTechnicalEd. In this website you will be able to download instructions and an application packet by "clicking" on the link for the appropriate application. Once you have the application on the screen, you may fill it out and save and/or print the form. Print, sign, and mail to the address on the bottom of the first page of the application. If you are experiencing difficulty with the website you may contact us at (562) 922-6798.
    Once you have downloaded an application packet from our website, please follow the check list on the front cover of the packet to ensure that you have included the applicable fees, application forms, work verification letters, official transcripts, and completed live scan forms required to complete the application packet. Please mail in your packet to the LACOE-CTE Credential Services Office. The mailing address is located on the bottom of the front cover of the application packet.

    If you have any questions about completing the packet, please contact the LACOE-CTE Credentials Services Unit at (562) 922-6798, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Forty-eight (48) semester units of postsecondary vocational training related to the subject named on the credential may be substituted for a maximum of two of the three years of the required experience. The experience must be verified by official transcript and may be made on a pro rata basis up to the two-year maximum.


     

    Once LACOE-CTE Credential Services receives the application packet, the credentials coordinator will review the packet within 30 days. If there is any additional information or documentation required to process your credential, the credentials coordinator will contact the applicant. Once the application is approved, the credentials coordinator will email a credential recommendation letter which notifies the applicant that LACOE-CTE is recommending the applicant for the Designated Subjects Career Technical Education credential. The credential recommendation letter along with the application packet documents are then mailed to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in Sacramento. CTC will send the applicant an email notifying them that the credential is pending evaluation.  It generally takes 3-4 months for CTC to review the application packet and post the credential on their website at www.ctc.ca.gov

    The credential recommendation letter sent to the applicant by the LACOE credentials coordinator may be used to begin teaching on a provisional basis until CTC approves the credential. The decision to accept the recommendation letter on a provisional basis is at the discretion of the employing school district.
    The Credential Services Unit offers an appointment service for those applicants that are seeking to expedite the review of their credential application packet. There is an additional $60 per hour appointment fee payable via money order or cashier's check to LACOE. These appointments are recommended for applicants that have an urgent situation such as pending employment offer that will begin in less than 30 days or a credential that is expiring in less than 30 days. To schedule an appointment, please contact the LACOE-CTE Credential Services Unit at (562) 922-6798, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    If you have already received a letter of recommendation from LACOE-CTE, allow approximately 30 working days for the CTC to notify you via e-mail that your application packet has been received. The e-mail will also state that you may view your credential within 48 hours on the CTC website; however, this simply means that you may view your name and that your application is pending evaluation. Please allow approximately 3-4 months before your credential is issued by the CTC. You may check the status of your credential on the CTC website at: www.ctc.ca.gov.

    If you have any questions regarding the status of the approval of your credential, and the CTC has already received your application packet, you may contact the CTC via e-mail at credentials@ctc.ca.gov or call Monday - Friday afternoons only from 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. at (888) 921-2682.
    After you have been notified by the LACOE Credentials Coordinator that your Preliminary Career Technical Education Credential application has been approved, you must begin the Early Orientation Modules 1-6 within 30 days.  You may not begin your credentials coursework until all modules have been completed and the certificate has been submitted to the LACOE Credentials Coordinator. The instructions for completing the modules can be found on this website.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact the Credential Services Unit at 562-922-6798.

    Credential courses required for clearing the 3 year preliminary Career Technical Education credential are offered four terms per year. Courses may not be taken concurrently (with the exception of the HET course) and must be completed in the following order:

    • Early Orientation (within first 30 days of the preliminary credential issuance date)
    • Foundations of Classroom Management
    • Foundations of Curriculum
    • Teaching English Learners and Students with Special Needs (CTE only)
    • Teaching Portfolio
    • If needed, Advanced Professional Training (CTE only)
    • Health Education for Teachers (HET may be taken at any time)

    See the CTE Credentials Coursework Overview for more information. Early Orientation instructions and Class Schedule flyers are emailed to approved preliminary credential candidates. Additional information regarding the coursework may be found in the Class Schedule including:

    • Location (all classes are online with the exception of the Advanced Professional Training for CTE Credentials)
    • Cost per class
    • Course dates
    • Instructor name
    • Textbooks required
    • Course units earned through University of San Diego
    • Registration instructions

    Other requirements to clear the preliminary CTE credential include:

    • U.S. Constitution requirement (may be completed at any time)
    • Infant, Child and Adult CPR certification (may be completed at any time)
    • Four terms of verified teaching experience during the three year period of the preliminary credential or completion of the Advanced Professional Training course (for CTE credentials only)
    • At least two terms of supervision and mentoring documentation verifying program competencies have been met or completion of the Advanced Professional Training course (for CTE credentials only)

    For more information, see How to Apply for a Designated Subjects Credential and select the appropriate application packet.

      Title 5 clarifies that holders of Single Subject Teaching Credentials in specific subject areas (agriculture, business, home economics, industrial arts, and industrial and technology education) are authorized to teach trade, technical, and vocational classes. These teachers do not need to obtain a CTE credential.

       

      Teachers with Single Subject Credentials in other subject areas may qualify for a CTE credential with:

       

      • 1 year of industry experience
      • 24 semester units in the subject listed on the CTE credential or industry certification
      • Full time teaching – any subject

       

      • Teachers with Single Subject Credentials should select the CTE Designated Subjects Preliminary Credential Application Packet #2. 
       
      U.S. Constitution Exam
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      The U.S. Constitution requirement must be met for the clear Adult Education credential and the clear CTE credential. It may be met by one of the following:

      1. Completion of a two (2) semester or three (3) quarter unit college-level course which includes the United States Constitution in the course description. Original transcripts are required.
      2. Completion of an online course through UCSD at https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/u-s-constitution-preparation-course-and-examination
      3. Passage of an online examination through Notre Dame de Namur at http://www.usconstitutionexam.com/
      4. Passage of an examination on the United States Constitution administered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Cost of test: $80 money order or cashier's check made payable to LACOE. Call 562.922.6798 to schedule an appointment. For more information, see details on the U.S. Constitution instructions

      Details about the questions you should study are available on our U.S. Constitution instructions

      There is no set time limit for taking the exam. The exam usually takes approximately one hour to complete.
      The U.S. Constitution exam is currently offered by appointment only Monday through Friday. The candidate may bring in their money order or cashier's check for $80 fee on the same day as the exam. The cashier's check or money order is to be made payable to LACOE. To prepare for the exam prior to enrolling for the exam, the candidate should log on to the website provided on the U.S. Constitution instructions. Once the candidate has had an opportunity to study, they may contact 562.922.6798 to schedule an appointment to take the test.
      No. You have within six months of receipt of payment of the test fee to retake the exam at no charge.