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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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Commission Awards Grant Funding To Ease Teacher Shortage
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has announced the award recipients in three separate grant programs funded as part of the 2016-17 California Budget Act. These grant programs are designed to help address California's current teacher shortage by funding a teacher recruitment center, helping to create new undergraduate programs leading to a credential, and supporting classified school employees pursuing a credential. 
December 7, 2016

Commission on Teacher Credentialing Re-Elects Chair and Vice-Chair for 2016 and Adopts New Teacher Preparation Standards at December Meeting
At its December meeting, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing re-elected Linda Darling Hammond and Kathleen Harris to lead the Commission in 2016. The Commission also adopted new Teacher Preparation Program Standards, the culmination of a yearlong effort to ensure that all general education teachers are well-prepared to teach all student populations. 
December 10, 2015

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Allow Credentialing of Native American Cultural Educators
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that extends the successfully implemented separate teaching credential for Native American languages passed in 2008 to include Native American culture. 
July 16, 2015

Commission's Accrediting Committee Elects New Co-Chairs for 2015-16
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Committee on Accreditation has elected two experienced California educators to lead the COA in 2015-16. The new co-Chairs are Dr. Pia Wong, a professor at CSU, Sacramento; and Dr. Anna Moore, an administrator with the Sonoma County Office of Education. 
July 2, 2015

Chair's Report, December 2014 
Commission Chair Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond discusses the recent release of new federal Title II regulations. 

Commission Welcomes New Members at October 8-10 Meeting
Kathryn Williams Browne and Edgar Orejel will join the Commission on Teacher Credentialing as its two newest members. The two represent the community colleges and educator preparation students, respectively. 
October 7, 2014

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Chair Darling Hammond sets the record straight on PE-ROTC
Well-prepared teachers are critical to student success, and California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing sets some of the highest standards for teachers in the country. A recent op-ed in The Sacramento Bee by a group representing physical education teachers claimed that the Commission is lowering its standards. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

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August 12, 2014

CTC Receives CEEDAR Grant, Support for Intensive Work on Preparing Educators to Serve Students With Disabilities
As lead agency for a collaborative partnership of public and private institutions of higher education, the Commission has been awarded a $200,000 competitive national grant through the newly created national CEEDAR Technical Assistance Center.
March 14, 2014

Updated March 20, 2017