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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 Advisement Fee

Payment of this fee is required for VCOE DSC Program advisement, processing and recommendation. To make payment of this fee, click HERE.

DSC Program Registration 2017-2018

Registration for the 2017-18 school year is now closed. If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2018-19 school year, please complete a Request for Program Enrollment Notification.

DSC CTE Equivalency Program 2017-2018

This program is for DSC Credential holders that also hold another California teaching credential (e.g., Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist). For more information and to register for this program, please see the DSC CTE Equivalency Program Flyer.

Links and Resources
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