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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 CTE Program Registration for 2018-19 is now closed

The 2019-2020 application period is tentatively scheduled to begin early August 2019. To be notified once it opens, complete the Request for Program Enrollment Notification form. 

DSC CTE Equivalency Program

The Fall 2018 session of the DSC CTE Equivalency Program is scheduled to open in October 2018. 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. To register for this program, click HERE.

DSC Advisement Fee

Payment of this fee is required for VCOE DSC Program advisement, processing and recommendation. To make payment of this fee, click HERE (click the category of "DSC Candidates")

Name Title Phone Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support Services 805-437-1320
Lisa Darling-Daniel Coordinator 805-437-1320
Sarah Kennelty Administrative Assistant 805-437-1320
For credential advisement, contact:

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