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The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Commission) is an agency in the Executive Branch of State Government. Created in 1970 by the Ryan Act, it is the oldest of the autonomous state teaching standards board in the nation.
The Commission sets state standards for educator preparation, licenses and credentials professional educators, enforces educator professional practices and disciplines credential holders in the State of California.
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Darling-Hammond, Harris reelected Commission Chair and Vice Chair for 2014
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, internationally recognized education expert, and veteran teacher Kathleen Harris will continue as Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 2014. The two were reelected at the Commission's December 13, 2013 meeting and will serve through December 2014.
December 13, 2013
Recent Press Releases
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- Special Education Task Force Project Summary
This document provides a summary of the overarching questions that will guide the work to be undertaken by the Special Education Task Force.
November 15, 2013
- Directors Named to Lead Statewide Special Education Task Force
The Task Force on Special Education will analyze California's complex systems for serving students with disabilities and forward recommendations to the State Board of Education, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the California Department of Education for consideration.
November 14, 2013
Chair's Report, August 2013
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Chair, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, discusses the importance of state government collaboration to ensure that the right resources reach California students and educators resulting in effective and productive educational experiences.
August 21, 2013
The Governor announces new appointments to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Governor Brown has appointed Kirsten Barnes, Mary Jones, Ref Rodriguez and Juliet Tiffany-Morales to serve on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A press release from the Governor's Office with information regarding these and other appointments is available here.
July 16, 2013
Commission Responds to NCTQ Report
Executive Director, Dr. Mary Vixie Sandy, and Commission Chair, Dr. Linda Darling Hammond, respond to the June 2013 report from the National Council on Teacher Quality rating teacher preparation programs nationally.
June 26, 2013
- Number of Fully Credentialed Teachers Increases - Decrease Continues for New Teaching Credentials
The number of fully-credentialed teachers inched up to 98.4 percent (from 98.3% in 2011) of all California public school teachers in 2011-12 according to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's annual Teacher Supply in California report. Over the last five years, the number of fully-credentialed teachers has increased two percent.
Marking the eighth consecutive year in which the total number of initial teaching credentials issued has dropped, California saw a 12 percent decrease in the number of newly issued credentials in 2011-12. This decrease is across all three types of preliminary teaching credentials (Multiple Subject, Single Subject and Education Specialist credentials) and represents a nearly 30 percent decline in the past five years in the number of initial and new type teaching credentials issued.
April 24, 2013
Commission grants Eminence credential in Drama to Nancy Cassaro-Fracchiolla of Off Broadway fame
At its June 13 meeting, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing awarded an Eminence credential to Nancy Cassaro-Fracchiolla, creator of the hit Tony n' Tina's Wedding, the longest running production in Off Broadway history.
June 13, 2013
- Commission on Teacher Credentialing Names 2013 Chair and Vice Chair [PDF]
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, internationally recognized education expert, and veteran teacher Kathleen Harris have been named Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for 2013.
December 10, 2012
- Elizabeth L. Graybill Appointed Chief Deputy Director - Commission on Teacher Credentialing [PDF]
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing announced that Elizabeth L. Graybill will rejoin the Commission on November 16, 2012 as Chief Deputy Director, reporting to Executive Director Mary Vixie Sandy.
November 14, 2012
- Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Video
The video features interviews of Commissioners (Chair Gahagan and Commissioner Young), policy makers and elected officials (Assembly Member Julia Brownley and SPI Torlakson), as well as administrators and teachers involved in the program. BTSA is a state-funded induction program, co-sponsored by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the California Department of Education (CDE), designed to support the professional development of newly-credentialed, beginning teachers and fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subjects Credentials.
August 7, 2012
- Commission's Accrediting Committee Elects Co-Chairs for 2012-13
The Committee on Accreditation (COA) elected two of its members to serve as co-chairs.
July 16, 2012
Commission Re-Appoints Members to Accreditation Committee
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Commission) re-appointed three members to its Committee on Accreditation (COA) at their April 26-27, 2012 meeting.
May 22, 2012
Report Shows Statewide Decreases in Non-teaching Credentials, Employment
The number of new public school services credentials are down, according to a May 2012 report from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
May 14, 2012
- Teacher Credential Decrease Slows [PDF]
Posted March 1, 2012
- Experts in Mentoring New School Administrators to Address Teacher Credentialing Commission [PDF]
Posted January 20, 2012