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

The PDF file provided next to each program is a full document containing additional information about the background of each program and corresponding auxiliary materials. The Microsoft (MS) Word file contains only the program standards or guidelines associated with each program in addition to any applicable preconditions, performance expectations, and/or program planning prompts.

    Teaching Credentials

    Preliminary General Education - Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential

    Preliminary Teacher Preparation [2015]

    Important: 
    Programs must transition to these standards by 2017. See
    PSA 15-07 for transition information.

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    Literacy Teaching Performance Expectations

    Adopted November 2019

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    TPE Placemat

    • This document has the Teaching Performance Expectations in a placemat layout (11 x 17 paper)
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    Authorizations to Teach English Learners

    Bilingual Authorization [2008]

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    California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) for EL/ CLAD Certification [2013 CTEL KSAs]

     

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    Preliminary Special Education Teaching Credential

    Education Specialist and Other Related Services Credentials [2014]

    2014 Standards document includes the revised Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

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    Education Specialist [2018]

    All programs are required to meet these standards by the Summer and Fall of 2022.

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    Literacy Teaching Performance Expecations

    Adopted November 2019

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    Teacher Induction

    Teacher Induction Standards [2016]

    Important:

    Programs must transition to these standards. See PSA 17-01 for transition information.

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     Specialist and Added Authorizations Credentials

    Adapted Physical Education [2013]PDFMS-Word
    Agricultural Specialist [2006]PDFMS-Word
    Early Childhood Education [1985]PDFN/A
    Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist [2010]PDFMS-Word

    Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential [2010]

     

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    Special Education Added Authorizations [2018]PDFMS-Word

    Services Credentials

    Pupil Personnel Services Programs -- School Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, and Child Welfare and Attendance Services [2000]


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    Pupil Personnel Services Programs-- School Counseling, School Psychology, and School Social Work [2019] 

    All programs are required to meet these standards by Summer and Fall of 2021.

    School Counseling

    School Psychology

    School Social Work

     

     

     

     

     


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    Administrative Services Credential - Preliminary Program Standards and Clear Induction Program Standards [2018]

     

     

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    Other Related Services Credentials

    • Speech-Language Pathology

    • Orientation and Mobility

    • Audiology

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    Professional School Nurse and Special Teaching Authorization in Health [2007]
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    Teacher Librarian Services Credential Program Standards [2011]

     

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    Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials

    Adult Education Credential Standards [2010]

     

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    Career/Technical Education Credential Standards [2008]

     

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    Driver Education and Training Subject Matter Preparation Standards [1997]PDFN/A
    Supervision and Coordination Credential StandardsPDFMS-Word
    English Learner Authorization Programs (SB 1292) [2008]
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    Early Childhood Education

    Early Childhood Education Program Guidelines [2019]PDFMS-Word
    Performance Expectations [2019]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]


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    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.

    Preliminary Teacher Preparation [2014]

     

    Updated April 01, 2020