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FAQ - Adult Education and Career Technical Education Credentials

Can teaching experience be used to meet the experience requirement for the preliminary Designated Subjects Credential?
Teaching experience may be used to meet the experience requirement for the preliminary Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential in a non-academic subject as long as the individual taught the subject to be listed on the credential. Experience teaching adaptive arts and crafts will apply toward the five years of experience required for the preliminary Adult Education Teaching Credential in the subject adaptive arts and crafts. Regulations state that teaching experience may be used to meet the recency of experience requirement for a full-time or part-time Vocational Teaching Credential.

Is it possible to apply for a professional clear part-time Designated Subjects Credential if one fails to complete the requirements for the professional clear full-time credential?
The holder of a five-year preliminary full-time adult or vocational credential who is unable to complete either the experience or program requirements for the professional clear full-time credential may be issued the professional clear part-time credential if they complete the requirements for the part-time credential.

Is it possible to apply for a preliminary full-time Designated Subjects Credential if one fails to complete the requirements for the professional clear part-time credential?
The holder of a five-year preliminary part-time adult or vocational credential who is unable to complete renewal requirements for the professional clear credential may apply for a five-year preliminary full-time credential if he or she qualifies.

What is the procedure for adding subjects to an existing preliminary, clear, or life Designated Subjects Credential?
Effective with file date May 10, 1995, the Commission can no longer add subjects to any designated subjects credentials issued prior to that date. If an applicant wants to add a subject, he or she will have to qualify under the new regulations, including Level I and Level II requirements of the program of personalized preparation, and be recommended by a Local Education Agency (LEA).

Will the Commission accept an associate or higher degree in lieu of verification of a high school diploma?
Yes, the Commission will accept an associate or higher degree in lieu of a high school diploma.

Can someone earn the three years of experience required for the Supervision and Coordination Credential without holding the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential?
The Commission recognizes that credentials other than Designated Subject Credentials authorize the teaching of vocational and adult education classes. Since regulations require the applicant for a Supervision and Coordination Credential to hold a Designated Subjects Credential, the Commission will issue a professional clear full-time Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential to applicants who taught on another type of credential and who apply for the Supervision and Coordination Credential if they meet all other requirements. Please refer to the credential leaflet CL-700 [PDF]for additional information.

Updated November 26, 2007