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Process of Becoming a Teacher

There are three main steps to obtaining a Preliminary Teacher Credential in California.


  • Step 1: An undergraduate degree
  • Step 2: Admission requirements and be accepted into a Credential Program
  • Step 3: Your Credential Program and earn your Preliminary Credential
    Your preliminary credential allows you to teach in California.  You then have 5 years to complete your Clear Credential.
  • Step 4:  The induction process and earn your Clear Credential

For a more detailed account of the process of becoming a teacher in California, download the "Steps to Become A California Teacher" informational handout.

Use this Test Preparation Resource: California Educator Credential Examinations to find more information on available test preparation programs and study guides.