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Teaching Profession

Information pertaining to entering the teaching profession, opportunities for advancement, awards, and loan cancellation.


The California Department of Education (CDE) administers TEACH California External link opens in new window or tab. which helps prospective teachers create their own plan to become credentialed teachers and offers links to important resources.

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

Learn more about financial support and loan cancellation resources for individuals who are considering teaching as a career.

Current Teachers

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
The NBPTS offers advanced certification for experienced teachers.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The nation's highest honor for teachers of science and mathematics.

School and Teacher Recognition
Awards are available to honor exemplary teachers for furthering excellence in education.


State and Federal Resources
Legislation, resources, templates, and forms for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Improving Teacher and Principal Quality, to ensure that all teachers are highly qualified. 

Mathematics Teacher Retention External link opens in new window or tab.
A monograph created through the California Mathematics Project Supporting Teachers to Increase Retention (CMP STIR) that presents issues and factors that contribute to teacher retention and the role of professional development in teacher retention. 

Related Links

Information also available through the sites of the California Department of Education at Becoming a Teacher and Current K-12 Teachers.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 7, 2017