Designated Subjects Career and Technical Education Credential

Basic Teaching Credentials

The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the student's best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.

Requirements: 24 units

Admission to the Program

Preliminary Designated Subjects Credential requirements or Program Coordinator's permission. Complete Early Orientation requirement prior to or within the first month of teaching or document one year teaching experience under a California Teaching Credential.

Credential Requirements

Appropriate work experience and a high school diploma (or the equivalent) are required for admission to the Designated Subjects Career and Technical (CTE) Teaching Credential Program. Applicants should have at least three years of verifiable work experience directly related to each industry sector named on the credential. One year must equal a minimum of 1000 clock hours. The experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. One year of work experience must be within the last five years or two years of work experience must be within the last ten years in the area listed on the credential. Contact the Jim and Judy Watson College of Education Student Services Office for additional information on credential processing requirements.

Clear Credential Requirements (24)
ECTS 501Principles and Methods for Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 502Instructional Support for Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 503Contemporary Issues in Teaching Designated Subjects4
ECTS 504Principles of Career and Technical Education4
ECTS 518Field Work in Designated Subjects4
ECTS 519Computer Applications for Career and Technical Educators4
Total Units24

Additional Requirements

Students must also complete:

  1. One of the following to fulfill the United States Constitution requirement (or successful completion of an examination administered through the College of Extended Learning):
    HIST 146American Civilization4
    HIST 200United States History to 18774
    HIST 540Constitutional History of the United States4
    PSCI 203American Government4
    PSCI 410American Constitutional Law4
    PSCI 411The Bill of Rights4
  2. Fulfill the health education requirement: HSCI 540.
  3. Valid CPR card (Adult, child, Infant).
  4. Two (2) years of teaching experience.

The Preliminary Credential is used on the basis of documented work experience and the Clear Credential issued after the applicant has completed the indicated course work, met the health education requirement, and taught a minimum of two years under the Preliminary Credential.

Applicants having questions about Designated Subjects Credentials, the Bachelor of Arts in Career and Technical Studies, or the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies should contact the Program Coordinator of the specific program.