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    Program Update:

    We are accepting applications starting November 1, 2023. However, our next cohort will begin in the fall of 2024. Applications will be reviewed starting the week of January 8, 2024.

    Applicants may apply to our program and for the preliminary CTE credential now. If a candidate qualifies, they will be recommended for the preliminary CTE credential. Once the credential is granted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, they will be admitted into our program. 

    Once admitted, a candidate must receive a job offer to teach a CTE course in the 2024-2025 school year in order to enroll in the fall 2024 term. 

    Starting in the 2024-2025 school year, our first-time credential-holder program will consist of three courses: one course each in the fall, winter and spring terms. 

    We are making these changes in order to enhance our current offerings and services for our candidates. 


    The ACOE’s College of Education offers an all-online California Clear Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential program for people new to teaching and existing teachers.

    All courses are online and asynchronous, which means you can complete coursework from wherever you are and at the times of the day that are convenient for you.

    Candidates who qualify and complete the admissions process may teach CTE courses in the industry sector they are authorized to teach and will be admitted into our Clear Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Credentialing 

    If you are a prospective applicant who did not apply before the application deadline and have questions about the CTE program, please see the 3 Steps to Apply which familiarizes you with the program requirements and components, and application and admission processes.

    At the College of Education, we develop strong educational leaders so that our students and school communities succeed. Our goals are to:

    • Increase student achievement of at-promise youth across the county.
    • Equip educators with the tools they need to serve those students.
    • Diversify the education workforce at all levels: classified staff, teachers, and administrators.
    • End racist practices that keep certain groups on the margins.
    • Support the whole child.


    The first-time credential holder program has a sequence of two 8-week courses. There is a fall/winter cohort and a spring/summer cohort.

    The program for existing clear credential holders has one 8-week course. It is offered in both the fall and spring. This program is intended for individuals who currently possess a clear multiple-subject, single-subject or education specialist teaching credential.

    The program of advanced preparation is offered in the summer only. For an explanation of each program, see the Program Overview

    3 Steps to apply

    Are you pursuing a Preliminary CTE Credential? See our 3 Steps to Apply. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible before the application deadline. Applying before the deadline is not a guarantee that a candidate will complete the admissions process before the tuition deadline. Please plan ahead.

    Transfer Students

    Click here if you currently possess a Preliminary CTE Credential and wish to transfer to our program to clear your credential.

    Expired Credential

    If your Preliminary CTE Credential has expired, please see the "Expiration of Preliminary CTE Credential" section on our Policies page and contact our office for information before applying.


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    Qualifying applicants may begin their program of study in the fall or spring terms. The winter and summer terms are intended for existing students and transfer students.


    Application Filing Period

    Winter 2024* 10/1/23-12/1/23*
    Summer 2024 Enrolled Candidates Only
    Fall 2024 8/15/24 §

    deadline. See the Admissions Process
    * Only transfer students are admitted in the winter and summer terms.
    § Or when enrollment has reached capacity, whichever comes first.


    Tuition Due Dates

    Fall 2023 09/01/23
    Winter 2024 12/15/23
    Summer 2024 06/15/24




     First-time Credential-holder Program
     For candidates not possessing a clear teaching credential
     CTE 101 Preparing to Teach All Students
    Terms Course Dates
    Fall 2023 09/25/23 -11/17/23
    Fall 2024 09/23/24 - 11/15/24
     CTE 102 Learning and Instruction for All Students
    Terms Course Dates
    Winter 2024 01/08/24 - 03/01/24


     Clear Credential-holder Program
     For candidates who possess a clear teaching credential
     CTE 103 Foundations of CTE for All Students
    Terms Course Dates
    Fall 2023 09/25/23 -11/17/23
    Fall 2024 09/23/24 - 11/15/24


     Advanced Personalized Preparation
     Prerequisite CTE 102 or CTE 103
     CTE 104 Advanced CTE Curriculum Integration
    Terms Course Dates
    Summer 2024 07/08/24 - 08/30/24


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  • Contact College of Education Staff

    Derek Gorshow
    Program Director
    (510) 670-7713


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