Analytic Studies
Teacher Supply of California

Basic Credential Programs

In California there are three basic teaching credentials:

Multiple Subject Teaching Credential - This credential authorizes a person to teach in a classroom where many different subjects are taught by a single individual, such as in elementary schools. This credential authorizes public school teaching in a self-contained classroom in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults. A self-contained classroom is most often found at the elementary school level.

Single Subject Teaching Credential - This credential authorizes a person to teach in a classroom where only one subject is taught, such as in a departmentalized classroom, such as Math or English at the middle school or high school level. This credential authorizes public school teaching in a departmentalized classroom in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 through 12, and classes organized primarily for adults.

Special Education Specialist Credential - This credential authorizes a person to work with children with special needs. In California, the Education Specialist Instruction Credential in special education is separated into six categories of specialization: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, Physical and Health Impairments, and Early Childhood Special Education. Special education teacher preparation program, including student teaching must be completed in the area of specialization. The person holding this credential may work with elementary, junior high, or high school students.


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Last Updated: August 16, 2002