CTE Credential

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

There are 15 broad CTE subject areas (called "industry sectors") that can be listed on a credential. The DSC CTE Industry Sectors chart will assist you in determining your appropriate industry sector.

The DSC CTE Credential is a two-tiered credential:

Tier 1: Preliminary Credential:

Individuals first qualify for the initial credential called a "preliminary" based mainly on their actual work experience in the industry sector and must be recommended by a CTE program sponsor approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The preliminary credential is valid for 3 years. CLICK HERE to begin the preliminary credential application process. 


Tier 2. 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 is now open!

CTE Program Registration 

for registration instructions. 

CTE Equivalency Program Registration

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.

CLICK HERE to register.
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
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