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Career Technical Education Teaching Credential

Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential

The Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge. This credential is valid for three years and authorizes the holder to teach in the subject, also known as industry sector, listed on the credential in grades twelve and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, in career technical, trade or vocational courses. CTE Credential holders have increased job opportunities, help students connect college preparation with post-secondary career readiness, work with career pathways via Linked Learning and connect schooling to the industry sectors.

CSULB's pathway to obtaining the Preliminary CTE Credential is for teachers with prior industry experience, and who hold a Valid California Education Specialist, Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential with an English Learner Authorization.

To apply for the Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential Evaluation Request (PDF) packet and follow the instructions provided in the packet
  2. Within approximately 5 business days of the Credential Center receiving your evaluation request, a Credential Analyst will email you a credential evaluation. If it is determined that you qualify for the Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential, you will be directed by the Credential Analyst to submit additional items
  3. Within approximately 5 business days of receipt of the additional items, a Credential Analyst will mail your Credential Application to the CTC. Copies of your application and a Verification of Recommendation (C-19) letter will be mailed to you, as well as information for enrolling in CTED 403A-Foundations of Career Technical Education.

CTED 403A-Foundations of Career Technical Education is offered online through the College of Continuing and Professional Education. The first course offering will be Spring 2018.

Clear CTE Teaching Credential

The Clear CTE Teaching Credential is valid for five years and authorizes the holder to teach in the subject, also known as industry sector, listed on the credential in grades twelve and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, including services to English learners in Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) in career technical, trade or vocational courses.

CSULB's pathway to obtaining the Clear CTE Teaching Credential is for teachers that have successfully completed CTED 403A-Foundations of Career Technical Education and have one year of teaching experience within the subject area listed on their Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential.

To apply for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential, please download the Clear CTE Teaching Credential Evaluation Request (PDF) packet and follow the instructions provided in the packet.

Within approximately 5 business days of the Credential Center receiving your evaluation request, a Credential Analyst will email you a credential evaluation. If it is determined that you qualify for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential, your Credential Application will be mailed to the CTC. Copies of your application and a Verification of Recommendation (C-19) letter will be mailed to you.