• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What is Career Technical Education (CTE)?

    CTE is a program of study at the middle or high school level integrating core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge. There are 15 CTE subject areas called industry sectors. Teachers holding a Preliminary CTE teaching credential are authorized to teach courses within the industry sector on their credential.

    How do I apply to ACOE's program?

    1. Determine whether you qualify.
    2. Pay the Program Fee.
    3. Mail in your application materials in one envelope.

    See 3 Steps to Apply for details.

    When can I start teaching and taking classes?

    1. Apply to the program.
    2. Qualified candidates will be asked to get a Certificate of Clearance if they do not have one. Directions will be provided.
    3. Pay the Commission on Teacher Credentialing fees and ACOE tuition deposit.

    See 3 Steps to Apply for details.

    How do I complete the program and get my Clear CTE Credential?

    1. Satisfy the CTE teaching or advanced personalized preparation requirement.
    2. Satisfy the U.S. Constitution and Health Education requirements.
    3. Complete your coursework.

    Download the Program Overview for details.

    I don’t live or work in Alameda County. Can I earn a credential through your program and use it where I work?

    Yes! The ACOE online CTE credential program is available to you no matter your location. A CTE teaching credential authorizes someone to teach a CTE course in their industry sector in any public school in California.

    What are the industry sectors?

    • Agriculture and Natural Resources 
    • Arts, Media, and Entertainment 
    • Building and Construction Trades 
    • Business and Finance 
    • Education, Child Development, and Family Services 
    • Energy, Environment, and Utilities 
    • Engineering and Architecture
    • Fashion and Interior Design 
    • Health Science and Medical Technology 
    • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation 
    • Information and Communication Technologies 
    • Manufacturing and Product Development 
    • Marketing Sales and Service 
    • Public Services
    • Transportation