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

    Candidates and Leaders


    ACOE’s College of Education offers an all online Clear Career Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential program for people new to teaching and exisiting teachers. All applicants who qualify for the Preliminary Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Credential are authorized to begin teaching CTE classes.

    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. See if you qualify.
      The Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s (CTC’s) requirements for the CTE credential can be found here.
    2. Learn about our program.
      We offer programs for people new to teaching and existing teachers. See our Program Overview for details.
    3. Enroll in our program.
      See our Application Checklist and our Application Form document.

    When can I start teaching and taking classes?

    1. Get fingerprinted
      Once you apply and pay the program fee, you will get your fingerprints taken at one of the approved locations. Existing Commission-approved teachers skip this step.
    2. Pay the tuition deposit
      Once you make a deposit towards your first course, we will submit our recommendation to   the CTC for you to receive the Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE Teaching Credential.
    3. Receive your 3-year Preliminary CTE credential 
      The CTC will process your credential. While you are waiting, we can provide you a credential recommendation letter that you can show an employer for the purposes of gaining employment and starting teaching. You will start coursework in the term that follows your recommendation for the Preliminary CTE Teaching Credential.

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

    1. Satisfy the teaching requirement
      Two years of teaching a CTE course at the K-12 level during the 3-year time period is required.
    2. Complete your coursework
      See the course requirements in the Program Overview. 
    3. Receive your Clear CTE credential
      Upon the completion of the teaching and course requirements you will be recommended for the 5-year Clear Designated Subjects CTE Teaching Credential, which can be renewed.

    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 

    CTE IT Instructor with students

    Important Dates


    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

    Students at work

    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)

    How can I find out more?

    Contact us at cte@acoe.org

    Contacting Us  

    Info Session about the CTE Program
    Wednesday, August 5th at 3:00pm

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:

    Contact Career Technical Education Credentialing
    Derek Gorshow

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