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The Preliminary or Clear Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Credential (DSC CTE) authorizes the holder to teach in the subject(s) named on the credential in grades 12 and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, in career technical instruction (vocational) courses.

The DSC CTE Credential is a two-tiered credential: individuals first qualify for the initial credential called a "preliminary" based mainly on their actual work experience in the industry sector. This preliminary credential is valid for 3 years. During these 3 years, additional requirements must be completed to earn the final credential called a "clear". A clear credential is valid for five years and is renewable online through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's (CTC) website.

There are 15 broad CTE subject areas (called "industry sectors") that can be listed on a credential. For additional information on CTE industry sectors, refer to the CTC's DSC Career Technical Education Informational Leaflet.


DSC Equivalency Program Registration for 2016-2017

The registration period is now open for applicants to the DSC Equivalency Program! This program is for DSC Credential holders that also hold another California teaching credential (e.g., Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist). To register, go to the DSC Equivalency Program Application page.

DSC Program Registration for 2017-2018

The registration period for the 2016-2017 is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the 2017-2018 registration period is open, please complete the Request for Program Enrollment Notification form.

Links and Resources
Name Title Phone Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Teacher Support Services 805-437-1320
Lisa Darling-Daniel Coordinator I 805-437-1320
Jackie Lozano Administrative Assistant I 805-437-1320
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Senior Academic Advisor 805-437-1320
Kathy Friel Academic Advisor 805-437-1320