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CTE Credential Program Application

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APPLICATION PROCEDURES effective June 1, 2020


OCDE offers two (2) program pathways within our
CTE Teacher Credentialing Program.​ 

Click on the link that applies to you.



Option One:  For candidates who are coming into education from industry 

First Time Credential Application Packet​



Option Two:  If you hold a multiple subject or single subject credential 

Credential Holder Application Packet​


For more information about our programs or questions about the application please contact the
 CTE Credentialing Program at (714) 708-5898 or CTECredentials@ocde.us

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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.

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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 provides 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.   ​