The Commission issues teaching credentials to individuals who have completed all credential requirements for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Single Subject Teaching Credential or the Education Specialist Instruction Credential (see Teaching Credential Requirements).

This page provides information on teaching credentials issued in the last five years.  The Commission uses fiscal year starting July 1 to June 30 to report the number of teaching credentials issued.  Data files are available in the Data and Resources section at the bottom of the page. Access the Glossary for more information about terms used on this page. Access the How to Use Dashboards page for tips on how to search and view data on this page. 


New Teaching Credentials Issued in the Last Five Years

Assembly Bill 471 (Chap. 381, Stats. 1999; Education Code §44225.6) requires the Commission to report to the Governor and Legislature each year on the number of teachers who received credentials to teach in California public schools. 

Data below display the number of new credentials issued, including by subject area, in the last five years.  Three types of new teaching credentials are issued every year: Intern, Preliminary and Clear. 

Intern Credential:  Commission-approved institutions that offer a teaching intern program may recommend candidates for an intern credential.  Issuance of the intern credential indicates that candidates are employed in a school while completing credential requirements.  School districts that are unable to fill a teaching position with a teacher who holds a preliminary or clear credential may request for an intern candidate as the teacher of record.  Intern candidates who complete the intern and preliminary credential requirements may be recommended for a preliminary credential by the intern program. 

Preliminary Credential:  Issuance of the preliminary credentials indicates that candidates are fully prepared to teach in schools.  Credentials issued without an institution name indicate that the credential holder earned the credential via out of state or other preparation pathway.

Clear Credential:  Issuance of the new clear credentials indicates that credential holders are fully prepared to teach in schools, and may have earned the clear credential via out-of-state or other preparation pathway.  They are not clear credentials issued to candidates who have completed the teacher induction program. 

Click the tabs below to view data by total credentials issued or total credentials issued by subject area.  Use the drop down menus to search data by credential type, year, segment, institution and/or subject area.  Data include issuances with “No Segment”.  “No Segment” indicates that the credential holder earned the credential via other preparation pathway.  No institution will be associated with No segment.


Clear Teaching Credentials Issued as Upgrades or Renewals in the Last Five Years

Data below display the number of clear teaching credentials issued as upgrades or renewals, including by subject area, in the last five years. A clear credential indicates that all education and program requirements for the credential have been met.  Credential holders with a preliminary teaching credential may upgrade to a clear credential.  Preliminary credentials have a five year expiration date and are not renewable.  Clear credential holders may renew their credential to ensure that it remains valid for employment.  Clear credentials have a five year expiration date and are renewable. Institution data are not available for credentials issued as upgrades and renewals.

Upgrade:  Preliminary credential holders have completed the teaching induction program to earn a clear credential.

Renewal: Credential holders renew their clear credential due to the five year expiration date.

Click the tabs below to view data by total credentials issued or total credentials issued by subject area. Use the drop down menu to search data by year.


Updated April 15, 2020