California teachers are required to renew their teaching area-specific credentials throughout their teaching careers. According to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, teachers may first earn a preliminary credential after becoming certified in the state of California. The preliminary credential is valid for 5 years, after which they must obtain a Clear or Level II credential.
A Five-year Preliminary or Level I teaching credentials cannot be renewed. To continue to teach in the public schools of California, you must complete all of the requirements for either the clear or Level II credential before the expiration date of your preliminary or Level I credential.
To obtain a Clear or Level II Credential teachers must complete one of the following:
- Complete a Commission-approved General Education Induction Program. California colleges, universities, counties, districts and other entities offer these. Included within this program are advanced classes in health education, special populations, computer technology and teaching English learners.
- Become certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This involves meeting education, experience and examination requirements.
See the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for more information about this process
Model Teaching offers courses provided through regionally-accredited university partners. These institutions are accredited by several accrediting agencies. All courses completed through our academic partners will include access to an official transcript from that academic institution for submission to any license-granting authority.