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Getting Credentialed and Finding a Job

Information about the requirements for becoming a teacher and finding a teaching job in California.

Getting Credentialed

Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) External link opens in new window or tab.
The CTC is responsible for licensing (credentialing) California teachers as well as disciplining credential holders. Complete explanations of credential requirements, and listings of teacher preparation programs and CTC-approved subject matter preparations programs are available.

TEACH California External link opens in new window or tab.
Administered by the California Department of Education, TEACH California helps prospective teachers create their own plan to become credentialed teachers, and offers links to important resources. Visitors to the site will find answers to questions regarding the requirements for becoming a teacher, finding the right teacher preparation program, locating financial aid, assessing schools and school districts as potential employers, and finding a job.

Finding a Job

The online teaching job Web site sponsored by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) External link opens in new window or tab., EdJoin provides information about career fairs and enables users to apply online for teaching and other education-related jobs.

California Teacher Recruitment Program External link opens in new window or tab.
The mission of the Center is to elevate the teaching profession through attracting new and existing talent to impact teaching and learning in California's 21st Century classrooms.
The overarching goal is to support a continuum of programs and services, integrated into a flexible technology based system designed to recruit, retain, and advance a qualified, effective, diverse teacher candidate pool for the state of California.

California School Directory
Use the "County Offices of Education and Districts" search function of the California School Directory to find contact information for over 1,000 school districts in California. Each school district in California develops its own policies and procedures regarding the hiring of teachers. The Human Resources Department or Personnel Department of a school district should be able to provide the district’s hiring policies and let you know of any open teaching positions.

Directory of California County Superintendents of Schools External link opens in new window or tab.
The 58 county offices of education hire teachers and other education personnel to administer programs and provide support to school districts.

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 22, 2023
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