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

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

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

    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 to you.

    See 3 Steps to Apply

    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 2-year 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 

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    Course Schedule

    First-time Credential-holder Program
    CTE 101 Preparing to Teach All Students

    Fall 2021                  9/27/21 – 11/22/21 (apply by 8/30/21)
    Spring 2022            4/4/22 – 5/27/22 (apply by 3/4/22)

    CTE 102 Learning and Instruction for All Students
    Prerequisite is CTE 101

    Winter 2022           1/4/22 – 2/25/22
    Summer 2022        7/5/22 – 8/19/22

    Clear Credential-holder Program
    For those who currently possess a clear single-subject, multiple-subject or education specialist teaching credential.
    CTE 103 Foundations of CTE for All Students

    Fall 2021                  9/27/21 – 11/22/21 (apply by 8/30/21)
    Spring 2022            4/4/22 – 5/27/22 (apply by 3/4/22)

    Advanced Personalized Preparation  
    CTE 104 Advanced CTE Curriculum Integration
    Prerequisites either CTE 102 or  CTE 103

    Summer 2021         7/12/21- 8/27/21

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    Important Dates

    Winter Term
    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

    Summer Term
    7/5/21             Registration for summer term ends
    7/12/21           Beginning of summer term
    8/27/21           End of summer term

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    3 Steps to Apply

    Info Session Recording 5/11/20

    Admissions Process

    Program Overview

    Instructions for Applying

    Application Forms

    Online Payment

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    Want to learn more? 

    Contact us at cte@acoe.org

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