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 areaThe 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.
Preliminary General Education - Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential
Preliminary Teacher Preparation 
Literacy Teaching Performance Expectations
Adopted November 2019
Authorizations to Teach English Learners
Bilingual Authorization 
|Bilingual Authorization Program Standards and Bilingual Teaching Performance Expectations ||MS-Word|
California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) for EL/ CLAD Certification [2013 CTEL KSAs]
Preliminary Special Education Teaching Credential
Education Specialist and Other Related Services Credentials 
Education Specialist  updated April 2021.
All programs are required to meet these standards by the Summer and Fall of 2022.
Literacy Teaching Performance Expecations
Adopted November 2019
Teacher Induction Standards 
Programs must transition to these standards. See PSA 17-01 for transition information.
Specialist and Added Authorizations Credentials
|Adapted Physical Education ||MS-Word|
|Agricultural Specialist ||MS-Word|
|Early Childhood Education ||N/A|
|Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist ||MS-Word|
Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential 
|Special Education Added Authorizations ||MS-Word|
Pupil Personnel Services Programs -- School Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, and Child Welfare and Attendance Services 
Pupil Personnel Services Programs-- School Counseling, School Psychology, and School Social Work 
All programs are required to meet these standards by Summer and Fall of 2022.
School Social Work
Administrative Services Credential - Preliminary Program Standards and Clear Induction Program Standards 
Other Related Services Credentials
• Speech-Language Pathology
• Orientation and Mobility
|Professional School Nurse and Special Teaching Authorization in Health ||MS-Word|
Teacher Librarian Services Credential Program Standards 
Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials
Adult Education Credential Standards 
Career/Technical Education Credential Standards 
|Driver Education and Training Subject Matter Preparation Standards ||N/A|
|Supervision and Coordination Credential Standards||MS-Word|
|English Learner Authorization Programs (SB 1292) ||MS-Word|
Early Childhood Education
|Early Childhood Education Program Guidelines ||MS-Word|
|Performance Expectations ||MS-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. 
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