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CTE Credential Program

​​​​​​Thank you for your interest in becoming a new Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher. The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is an approved Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Program Sponsor for the Designated Subjects (DS) CTE Credential. The program evaluates CTE credential applications and makes credential recommendations to the CTC as well as providing a series of sequenced coursework that prepares new CTE candidates to become effective teachers.

The Preliminary CTE Credential is issued by the CTC for three years and authorizes the CTE candidate to teach one or more subjects in the industry sector named on the credential in grades twelve and below and in classes organized primarily for adults in career technical, trade or vocational courses. Your employing school district must determine, based on your work and educational experiences, which particular subjects you may teach within the industry sector.   


Notice: California has waived application fees for most initial issuances of teaching and services credentials from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022. See Coded Correspondence 21-04 for details.More Information

We offer two (2) program pathways within our CTE Teacher Credentialing Program.
Option One:  For candidates who are applying for their first credential ​use this link to the First Time Credential Application Packet​
Option Two:  If you hold a multiple subject or single subject credential use this link to the Credential Holders Ap​plication Packet​.​
For more information about our programs or questions about the application please contact the CTE Credentialing Program at (714) 708-5898 or