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CTE Programs

​​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.   


We offer two (2) program pathways within our CTE Teacher Credentialing Program.
Option One:
For candidates who are applying for their first credential see the information about the ​First Time Credential Candidates Application Packet 2020-2021 revised.pdf
Option Two:
For candidates who hold a clear Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist credential see the information about the Credential Holders Application 2020-2021.pdf
For more information about our programs or questions about the application please contact the CTE Credentialing Program at (714) 708-5898 or