The Preliminary or Clear Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Credential (DSC CTE) authorizes the holder to teach in the industry sectors(s) named on the credential in grades 12 and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, in career technical, trade or 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. Individuals must be recommended for this credential by a CTE program sponsor approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Once recommended, the preliminary credential is valid for 3 years. During these 3 years, additional requirements must be completed to earn the final credential called a "clear". Once a clear credential is earned, it includes an authorization to teach to English Learners, is valid for five years, and is renewable online through the CTC's website.
There are 15 broad CTE subject areas (called "industry sectors") that can be listed on a credential. Please refer to this DSC CTE Industry Sectors chart to assist you in determining the appropriate sector to request.
It is highly advisable that you consult with one of our academic advisors to determine your specific requirements for the preliminary credential based on your specific background, education and circumstances. Please call our office at (805) 437-1320 to speak with an advisor or to make an advisement appointment.