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Process of Becoming a Teacher

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


  • Step 1: Choose your pathway
  • Step 2: Pass examinations
  • Step 3: Complete a teaching credential program

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.