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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.


DSC Advisement Fee

Payment of this fee is required for VCOE DSC Credential recommendation and advisement. To make payment of this fee, go to Under "DSC Candidates" click "DSC Advisement Fee". Follow instructions to complete payment.

DSC CTE Program Registration for 2019-20

The 2019-2020 application period is now closed. The 2020-21 application period is scheduled to open in Summer 2020. To receive notice when registration is open, please complete the Request for Enrollment Notification form.

DSC CTE Equivalency Program

This is a special program option at a reduced rate for individuals that hold BOTH a California Preliminary CTE credential AND a California Single Subject or Multiple Subject teaching credential. The program opens each Fall and Spring semester. To register for this program, click HERE.

Name Title Phone Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support and Effectiveness 805-437-1320
Sally Serles Coordinator 805-437-1320
Shannon McDonald Administrative Assistant 805-437-1320
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Senior Academic Advisor 805-437-1320
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Phone: 805-383-1900 • Fax: 805-383-1908

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5100 Adolfo Road • Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: 805-383-1900 • Fax: 805-437-1305

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