The Designated Subjects Credential Program at CSULB prepares candidates for Clear credential teaching authorizations in Career Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education (AE). The CTE credential authorizes the holder to teach the subjects named on the credential in grades 12 and below and in classes organized primarily for adults in technical, trade, or vocational courses. The AE credential authorizes the holder to teach specific academic and non-academic subjects named on the credential in courses organized primarily for adults and in adult education programs administered by school districts. Prospective candidates should visit the Designated Subjects Credential Program section of the College of Education website for more information and to contact an advisor: www.ced.csulb.edu.
The Career Technical Education track is a 13-17 unit Clear credential program comprised of Early Orientation (one 2-unit course), Initial Preparation (9 units in 4 core courses plus two 1-unit courses of supervised field practica), and Advanced Preparation (one 3-unit course and one 1-unit course of supervised field practicum; or completion of one of the options described below). A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses to maintain program standing.
Candidates complete the Initial Preparation in two semesters of course work and supervised fieldwork, after which they are eligible for Advanced Preparation. The Advanced Preparation requirement can be met in any of 5 ways: (1) 4 units of course work, including a supervised field practicum; (2) completion of a BTSA/Induction program; (3) two years of documented successful teaching; (4) completion of another appropriate credential program, e.g., Single Subject; (5) completion of a Designated Subjects track in Supervision and Coordination of Teaching. Candidates must complete all Initial and Advanced preparation requirements for the Clear credential within three years of obtaining the Preliminary credential. Candidates will determine how to meet the Advanced Preparation requirement in consultation with the program advisor as they develop their individual education plan.
Early Orientation (two units; completed prior to or during first semester)
Semester 1 (6 units):
Semester 2 (5 units):
Prospective candidates should consult the Career Technical Education advisor regarding credential requirements, application procedures, and schedule of course offerings.
NOTE: Candidates for admission to the program (a) must have already successfully completed Early Orientation or (b) must enroll in Early Orientation in their first semester in the program.
Applicants must (a) submit a program application to the college Credential Center, (b) submit a written statement of purpose for pursuing the CTE credential as part of the application, and (c) schedule an interview with the CTE program advisor. Applications may be downloaded from the Designated Subjects Credential Program page of the College of Education website: www.ced.csulb.edu
Applicants to the CTE program must hold a valid Designated Subjects Preliminary Credential in Career Technical Education. Prospective candidates should consult the college Credential Center to file for their Preliminary Credential.
Successful completion of the CTE program leads to recommendation for the Clear credential. The Clear credential is valid for 5 years and may be renewed.
Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards for the Adult Education teaching authorization have recently been revised. The AE program at CSULB is undergoing revision and will take effect immediately upon approval.
Appeals to program decisions or requests for policy waivers are made by filing a written appeal or request with the CTE or AE program advisor. If a satisfactory decision cannot be arrived at, the advisor takes the petition or request to a faculty review committee. The committee reviews the written statement and supporting evidence and renders a decision. The decision may be appealed to the college Student Affairs Committee. For grade appeals, follow university policy described in the current catalog.