• CTE@ACOE CTE Teacher Credentialing  All online for all of California

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    Apply for Fall!

    ACOE’s College of Education offers an all online Clear Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential program for both new and exisiting teachers. 

    All applicants who qualify for the Preliminary Career Technical Education Credential are authorized to begin teaching CTE classes.

    Program Overview and Application Instructions
    Application Forms
    Tuition and Fees

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    Important Dates

    Enrollment and Registration
    5/1/20             Applications available online

    9/14/20           Final date to submit application for fall term 
                               (Clear credential holders only)
    9/21/20           Registration for fall term ends
    9/28/20           Beginning of fall term
    11/20/20         End of fall term

    Winter Term
    1/15/21           Final date to submit application for winter term 
                              (First-time teachers only)
    1/22/21           Registration for winter term ends
    2/1/21             Beginning of winter term

    3/15/21           Registration for spring term begins
                              (First-time teachers only)
    3/26/21           End of winter term

    Spring Term
    4/12/21           Registration for spring term ends
    4/19/21           Beginning of spring term
    6/11/21           End of spring term

    Course Schedule

    CTE 103 Foundations of CTE for All Students (Clear credential holders)

    CTE 101 Preparing to Teach All Students (First-time teachers)

    CTE 102 Learning and Instruction for All Students (First-time teachers)


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    What is Career Technical Education (CTE)?

    • Career Technical Education 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 and within those sectors there are over 70 areas of specialization called pathways. Here is the list of all industry sectors and pathways.
    • Teachers holding a Preliminary CTE teaching credential are authorized to teach courses within the industry sector on their credential.
    • Whether you are an experienced teacher with some industry experience or someone with industry experience who is interested in teaching, ACOE College of Education has a CTE program designed for you.

    How do I become a Career Technical Education Teacher?

    • In order to teach a Career Technical Education (CTE) class, you need to have a Preliminary or Clear CTE Teaching Credential.
    • When you apply to the ACOE College of Education CTE Program, we will determine if you have met the requirements to successfully obtain a Preliminary CTE Credential.
    • If you have met the requirements, you will be registered in the program and we will submit your materials to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You will agree to enroll in the first quarter after receiving your Preliminary Credential.
    • Once the Commission has granted you the Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential, you can teach CTE classes at the middle or high school level. Your Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential lasts three years.
    • In that time, you will need to satisfy the requirements necessary for earning the Clear CTE Teaching Credential. The CTE program coursework prepares you for teaching CTE classes and earning the Clear CTE Teaching Credential. The Clear Credential is good for five years and can be renewed.

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    How do I know I have met the requirements for the Preliminary Credential?

    • All of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s requirements are here and summarized in our Program Overview and Application Instructions.  
    • Three years of work experience directly related to an industry sector is required. Up to two years of the work experience requirement can be satisfied by a combination of vocational training, and teaching experience or an advanced certificate.
    • The ACOE College of Education CTE Credential Program team will guide you through the process of applying for and receiving your Preliminary Credential and enrolling in the coursework to earn your clear credential.

    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 

    How can I find out more?

    Contact us at cte@acoe.org

    Contacting Us  

    Contact Career Technical Education Credentialing
    Derek Gorshow

    Derek Gorshow
    Program Director,       Career Technical Education Teacher Credentialing               (510) 670-7713    dgorshow@acoe.org