Credential Preparation

There are various options for earning a California teaching credential. Traditional university-based programs may offer a credential only (typically one academic year duration) or a combined credential/M.A. (one to two years, may include summers). There are also “intern” programs that are a) university-based b) district-based or c) affiliated with other programs, such as Teach for America. When deciding on a university-based program think about program variables such as strengths/nature of program, program timeline, price, location etc as well as entrance requirements.  

Check list for most traditional university-based programs: 

  • Application form
  • Transcript(s) from all undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) work
  • A college or university course or equivalent experience that addresses the cultural and linguistic diversity found in the U.S. today
  • Pre-professional field experience: Documented field experience in a formal or informal educational setting with youth at the same age level which the candidate aspires to teach. Experiences such as as directed observation, substitute teaching, work in after-school programs, camp counseling, instructional aide etc. Typically 30-60 hours. Okay to request documentation from Cal Teach.
  • Letters of Recommendation: At least two from university faculty who can address your academic merit/subject matter competency and at least one letter by a professional in the field who has observed your work with children or youth in the applicable age-group for the credential you are seeking. 
  • Testing
  • Statement of Purpose (essay)
  • Personal History (essay)
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Résumé
  • Certificate of Clearance
  • TB test
  • US Constitution Requirement