North Coast School of Education

Career Technical Education Credential


Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) credentialed teachers support elementary, middle and high school students with core academic knowledge, and the essential knowledge and transferable skills to match rapidly shifting workplace requirements. To become a Career Technology Education teacher, a candidate must first earn the three-year Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE Credential.

Applying for the Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE Credential

To become a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, candidates must first apply for a Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE Credential by submitting a completed application to your county office of education's Credential Analyst and enroll in a Designated Subjects CTE Credential Program. The Preliminary CTE Credential is valid for three years, authorizing the credential holder to teach adults and grades 12 and below in the subject area(s) named on the credential.

For more information about enrolling in our program, please visit our Designated Subjects Credential Program (CTE) webpage. All application materials are submitted to NCSOE for recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Earning the Clear Designated Subjects CTE Credential

In order to clear the Preliminary Credential, CTE teachers participate in NCSOE’s Designated Subjects CTE Credential Program. Each teaching credential has a unique set of standards that must be met in order to obtain the California Clear Credential. Upon completion of NCSOE's Designated Subjects Program and any additional credential requirements, CTE teachers are eligible to apply for their Clear Credential.