Test Preparation

ESE currently offers California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) and California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) test preparation.

Test preparation instructors are credentialed teachers with classroom experience in the content area being taught. Tutorials include test-taking strategies and other information to effectively prepare you for the test. Curriculum is based on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's content specifications and on key subject matter knowledge.

NOTE: VCOE does not administer the exams. Visit CTC Exams website for exam registration information.

Ventura County Office of Education and Educator Support and Effectiveness do not guarantee exam outcomes based on the suggested resources. Suggested resources are intended for personal use, and users accept full responsibility for how they are used.

CTEL Tutorials

Registration Fee: $300

The registration fee will provide you with:

  • Up to 3 hours of tutoring customized to your individual needs. You can request help with all subtests, or focus on an individual subtest.

    • CTEL I: Language and Language Development

    • CTEL II: Assessment and Instruction

    • CTEL III: Culture and Inclusion

  • Credential advisement for transferring out-of-state teacher credential to California and assistance with submitting documentation to CTC.


CPACE Test Prep Program

Registration Fee: $300

In our live, virtual course you'll prepare for the CPACE exam under the guidance of experienced administrator Dr. Laurie Goodman.

Course will cover:

  • Both CPACE Content and Performance components.

The registration fee will provide you with:

  • 10 live Zoom class sessions (2 hours each) held between September-January.
  • All 20 hours of instruction will also be recorded and accessible on demand for program participants.
  • Monthly office hours will also be available for targeted support.



Name Title Phone Email
Joy Springer Executive Director 805-437-1320 jspringer@vcoe.org
Debbie Brand Project Specialist ll 805-437-1320 dbrand@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Kathleen  Avery Credential Program Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org
Sylvia Iniguez Credential Program Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org