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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
  2. After receiving your packet, 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. After receiving your additional items, a Credential Analyst will submit an online recommendation to the CTC
  4. You will then receive an email from the CTC (donotreply @ ctc.ca.gov) directing you to go online to complete the application (Professional Fitness Questions) and pay for your document
  5. You will also receive an email from a Credential Analyst with 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 Professional and International Education. Preliminary CTE Teachers are required to complete CTED 403A within the first year of issuance of their Preliminary CTE Credential.

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 industry sector listed on their Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential.

To apply for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential, please follow these stephs:

  1. Download the Clear CTE Teaching Credential Evaluation Request (PDF) packet and follow the instructions provided
  2. After receiving your packet, a Credential Analyst will email you a credential evaluation. If it is determined that you qualify for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential, you will be directed by the Credential Analyst to submit additional items
  3. After receiving your additional items, a Credential Analyst will submit an online recommendation to the CTC
  4. You will then receive an email from the CTC (donotreply @ ctc.ca.gov) directing you to go online to complete the application (Professional Fitness Questions) and pay for your document