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Process of Becoming a Teacher

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

Complete:
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.