How to Become a Teacher

BECOMING A TEACHER-page-001 

Websites with Great Resources:

California
Commission on
Teacher
Credentialing

 

Teacher's College
of San Joaquin

 

View a

comparison of
several local
colleges
and the
credentialing
programs they offer.

Transitioning to Teaching from Another Career?

Here are a couple options!

BECOME AN INTERN TEACHER

TAKE THE TRADITIONAL ROUTE 

*Becoming an intern teacher allows you to teach full time as the master teacher of a classroom while you work towards earning your credential, usually in night classes. You must complete certain requirements first (see next section) and obtain a full time teaching job prior to entering an intern program.

Pros:

*This allows you to work full time, making a teacher's salary while working towards your credential.

Cons:

*Because you are not going to school full time, these programs are often longer than traditional alternatives.

*You do not have the advantage of watching and learning from a master teacher. You are immediately given your own classroom.

*If you take the traditional route, you will enroll in a teaching program at a college or university (typically as a full-time student). You will be a student learning the art of teaching by spending time in a master teacher's classroom and gradually transitioning from observer to practitioner. However, the master teacher remains the teacher of record.

Pros:

*You get to work closely with a teacher in his/her classroom to learn how things are run before you become a master teacher with your own classroom.

Cons:

*Most of the programs are set up for full-time students, which can pose a problem for those who cannot afford to go without a full time job for the length of the program.

How to Become an Intern Teacher

 How to Pursue the Traditional Teaching Route

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has set specific guidelines outlining the requirements to be "Intern Eligible":
  • Possess a Bachelors Degree from an accredited Institution
  • Complete a Pre-Service Program
  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirements (ie. passing the CBEST or one of these alternative methods)
  • Complete Subject Matter Competency (ie. passing the CSET or a comparable alternative)
  • Meet the US Constitution Requirement (met if BA/BS was earned at a CSU)

Once you meet ALL of the above requirements for a Single, Multiple, or Education Specialist Teaching Credential, you are "Intern Eligible" and can begin applying for teaching positions. Once you've secured a teaching position you can enroll in an Intern Credential Program like one of the ones listed below. Be sure to contact the College/Intern Program of your choice to get specific details. This is not an exhaustive list, and you are welcome to search for other programs.

 

*Teacher's College of San Joaquin 

*National University 

*University of the Pacific

*Fresno State University

 

*Brandman University

 

 

View ALTERNATE PATHWAYS FOR TEACHING.

Take a look at these lists of programs approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

 

You can select what type of credential you'd like to obtain, and then search by location and type of university to discover which colleges and universities offer the program(s) you're interested in.

 

Here are several local colleges that offer teacher credential programs. This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to research all options. Be sure to contact the colleges of your choice for specific program details. You are welcome to explore the websites listed below using the clickable links to obtain information on their specific program requirements.

 

*University of the Pacific

 

*Stanislaus State University

 

*Brandman University

 

*National University

 

*University of Phoenix

 

*Sacramento State University

 

*Fresno State University

 

*University of California, Davis

 

*California State University, East Bay

CRED LINKS-page-001 

Do You Have Questions About Obtaining Specific Types of Credentials?

What Can You Do if You Have a Credential from Another State?

Click the Applicable Links Below.

BECOMING A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER


Information about Special Education Credentials

 

CTC's Education Specialist Instruction Credential Leaflet

 BECOMING A DESIGNATED SUBJECTS TEACHER

 

Become a Career Technical Education Teacher 

 Become a JROTC Instructor

DO YOU HOLD A TEACHING CREDENTIAL FROM ANOTHER STATE, BUT WANT TO TEACH IN CALIFORNIA?

Take a look at the CTC website. It will give you the option of selecting what type of credential you currently hold and outline what steps you can take to teach in CA.

 

 

Are You Ready to Apply for a Credential?

Apply for a credential on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's website.

Have You Finished a Program and Need to Complete Your Recommendation?

 Complete your recommendation on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's website.

Do You Need to Renew Your Credential?

Renew your credential with the CTC.

Do You Need to Clear a Credential?

Visit the CTC website to get information on clearing a credential.

Do You Have Questions About the Different Types of Credentials?

Read up on the different credentials and what you can do with them.

Do You Need to Extend Your Credential?

View more information about how to obtain an extension.

Do You Currently Hold a Credential from Another State But Want to Teach in CA?

Get more information about teaching in CA with an out-of-state credential.

Do You Hold a Credential from a Foreign Country But Want to Teach in CA?

Read about the steps involved with obtaining a credential in CA, including where to send your foreign transcripts for evaluation. **Make sure you read the bottom of the last page of the link: It lists the different types of credentials available and has links to more information about additional requirements associated with transitioning from a foreign credential to a California-issued credential.

TESTINGRESOURCES-page-001

There are several requirements teachers must meet in order to obtain credentials. These requirements are traditionally met through the following tests, however, there are alternatives that satisfy these requirements.

Alternatives to meet the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST)

  Click here to view CBEST alternatives  

Alternatives to meet the Subject Matter Competency Requirement (CSET)

    Meeting the Single Subject Requirement        

   Meeting the Multiple Subject Requirement    

*Obtain a Major in the content area
Or     

*Take 32 units in specific content-related areas

 **More information on your Special Education Credential

 

*Obtain a major in Liberal Studies

If you have not met the requirements through an alternate method and need

to take a test, feel free to use the following resources to prepare.

 

Teachers Test Prep:

Teacher's Test Prep provides free practice tests and study guides

CBEST Prep

CSET Prep

RICA Prep


CTC Exams:

The CTC Exams Website provides an overview of the tests as well as practice tests

CBEST Prep

CSET Prep

RICA Prep

 

 **We cannot assure the success rate offered by any of these test prep resources.
These are a culmination of resources located online and are not endorsed by the Manteca Unified School District. This page merely serves to gather together information for your convenience. It is up to you to research the quality of each program to determine which one is right for you.

 

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