Test Preparation
Test Preparation Program

Since 1986, the Ventura County Office of Education, Educator Support and Effectiveness (ESE) has been proud to provide test preparation services to many up-and-coming new teachers.  Currently, ESE offers California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL). San Diego County Office of Educaton is currently offering a Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam preparation at no cost.  

Click here for more information and resources* that may assist you on your path to becoming a teacher.


Register for Test Preparation Courses in CTEL or RICA

VCOE offers online courses to prepare for CTEL subtest exams.  San Diego COE offers online test prep for the RICA exam. To register for a course, click on the subject area you are interested in. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access the test preparation material. The registration fee is $225.

  • CTEL 1: Language and Language Development

  • CTEL 2: Assessment and Instruction (Coming soon. Click here to add your name to our wait list.)

  • CTEL 3: Culture and Inclusion

  • RICA: Offered by San Diego County Office of Education

Test preparation instructors are fully 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: Ventura County Office of Education does not administer the exams. Go to the CTC Exams website for 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.

Name Title Phone Email
Dana Thompson Director 805-437-1320 dmthompson@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