CTE Credential

The Career Technical Education Credential (DSC CTE) allows candidates to teach in grades 12 and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, in career technical, trade or vocational courses. 



Preliminary Credential

Individuals first apply for a “preliminary” credential based mainly on their work experience aligned to an industry sector. The preliminary credential is valid for 3 yearsThe preliminary credential is valid for 3 years. CLICK HERE to begin the preliminary credential application process. 


Clear Credential

During the 3 years of the preliminary credential, additional requirements must be completed to earn the final credential called a "clear". To satisfy the credential requirement, you must be employed in a CTE teaching position and complete a CTE program. This is an online program consisting of three courses, Fall, Spring, and Summer. Program costs are currently $2,750. There is a $150 non-refundable program registration fee due at the time of registering. 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.

2020-21 Registration

CTE Full Year Program Registration Is CLOSED for 2020-21 School Year

CTE Equivalency Program Spring Registration - Begins February 15, 2021

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.

Name Title Phone Email
Kim Uebelhardt Executive Director, Educator Support and Effectiveness 805-437-1320 kuebelhardt@vcoe.org
Sally Serles Coordinator 805-437-1320 sserles@vcoe.org
Debbie Brand Administrative Assistant 805-437-1320 dbrand@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Senior Academic Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org