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Standards: Educator Preparation

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing awards credentials and certificates on the basis of completion of programs that meet Standards for Educator Preparation and Standards for Educator Competence.

For each type of professional credential in education, the Commission has developed and adopted standards which are based upon recent research and the expert advice of many professional educators. Each standard specifies a level of quality and effectiveness that the Commission requires from programs offering academic and professional preparation in education. The Commission enforces its standards by evaluating approved programs across California through an objective process conducted by carefully selected and trained professional educators to ensure that the standards are applied consistently and rigorously.

Also see: Consultant contact information for technical assistance in a specific program area can be found here.

Revised Standards for Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist containing adopted English Learner Content (2013)
  These standards will be incorporated into each of the standards handbooks for these three credential areas soon. Until that time, this document contains tracked change edits to allow for easier identification of the changes adopted by the Commission as they relate to the teaching of English learners. [ 2013 ]
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Teaching Credentials
General Education - Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential
  Preliminary Teacher Preparation
      -- Teaching Performance Expectations [PDF]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
2009    PDF MS Word
2014    PDF MS Word
  Induction Programs
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
2009    PDF MS Word
2013    PDF MS Word
  Clear Credential Programs
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
2009    PDF MS Word
2013    PDF MS Word
Authorizations to Teach English Learners
  Bilingual Authorization [ 2008 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDF MS Word
  California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) for CLAD Certification [ 2006 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDF MS Word
Special Education Teaching Credential
 • Education Specialist and Other Related Services Credentials -- Adopted Standards only, not a full Handbook
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
2010    PDF MS Word
2013    PDF MS Word
Specialist and Added Authorizations Credentials
  Adapted Physical Education [ 2013 ] PDF MS Word
  Agricultural Specialist [ 2006 ] PDF MS Word
  Early Childhood Specialist [ 1985 ] PDF --
  Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist [ 2010 ] PDF MS Word
  Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential [ 2010 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word] Yellow highlights indicate new parts of the standards.
PDF MS Word
Services Credentials
  Pupil Personnel Services Programs -- School Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, and Child Welfare and Attendance Services [ 2001 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDF MS Word
  Administrative Services Programs -- Preliminary Credential, Preliminary Internship Credential, and Professional Clear Credential -- Standards based and Guidelines-based
      -- ASC Clear Induction Narrative Template [MS Word]
      -- ASC Preliminary Narrative Template [MS Word]
2003   PDF MS Word
2014   PDF --
  Professional School Nurse and Special Teaching Authorization in Health [ 2007 ] PDF MS Word
  Teacher Librarian Services Credential Program Standards [ 2011 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDF MS Word
Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials
  Adult Education Credential Standards [ 2010 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDFMS Word
  Career/Technical Education Credential Standards [ 2009 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDFMS Word
  Driver Education and Training Subject Matter Preparation Standards [ 1997 ]PDF--
  Supervision and Coordination Credential Standards
Contact the Commission for Information
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  English Learner Authorization Programs (SB 1292) [ 2008 ]PDFMS Word
Experimental Program Standards
  The Experimental Program option is designed to encourage innovations in educator preparation and investigation of those innovations, with the aim of increasing the profession's understanding of professional learning and improving professional practice for the benefit of all students in California. [ 2008 ]
      -- Narrative Template [MS Word]
PDF MS Word

Prior Standards
When new standards are developed, prior standards continue through a transitional "sunset" period. During the sunset period candidates can be accepted to a program which meets the new standards or the prior standards. However, once a new program has been approved, an institution may not admit new candidates to the old program. At the end of the sunset period, no new candidates can be admitted to programs approved under a prior set of standards. Those programs must reapply to meet the newly adopted standards. The standards under which the Commission has approved any program govern the candidates' requirements for obtaining a credential.



Updated April 9, 2014