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Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Designated Subjects Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teaching Credential

This credential is for those candidates seeking employment with a Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Public or Charter School or Correctional Institution. It also beneficial for persons teaching in a community college, private secondary or post-secondary environment.


21 Units

Admission to the Program

Preliminary designated subjects credential requirements or program coordinator's permission. Complete orientation requirement prior to or within the first month of teaching or document 1 year teaching experience under a California Teaching Credential.

Credential Requirements (12 units)

Appropriate work experience and a high school diploma (or the equivalent) are required for admission to the Designated Subjects Career and Technical (CTE) Teaching Credential Program. Applicants should have at least three years of verifiable work experience directly related to each industry sector named on the credential. One year must equal a minimum of 1000 clock hours. The experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. One year of work experience must be within the last five years or two years of work experience must be within the last ten years in the area listed on the credential. Contact the Jim and Judy Watson College of Education Student Services Office for additional information on credential processing requirements.

Clear Credential Requirements

  1. ECTS 5010 or ECTS 6010: Principles and Methods for Teaching Designated Subjects
  2. ETCS 5040 or ECTS 6040: Principles of Career and Technical Education 
  3. ECTS 5180 or ECTS 6180: Field Work in Designated Subjects 
  4. ECTS 5190 or ECTS 6190: Instructional Technology for Career and Technical Educators

Additional Requirements

Students must also complete:

  1. The United States Constitution requirement (or successful completion of an examination administered through the College of Extended Learning) Current options:
    • HIST 1460: History of the United States: Pre-Colonization to Present
    • HIST 2000: United States History to 1877
    • HIST 5400: Constitutional History of the United States 
    • PSCI 2030: Government of the United States
    • PSCI 4100: American Constitutional Law 
    • PSCI 4110: The Bill of Right 
  2. Fulfill the health education requirement; current option HSCI 5240.
  3. Valid CPR (Adult, Child, Infant).
  4. Two (2) years of teaching experience.

The Preliminary Credential is used on the basis of documented work experience and the Clear Credential issued after the applicant has completed the indicated course work, met the health education requirement, and taught a minimum of two years under the Preliminary Credential.

Applicants having questions about Designated Subjects Credentials, the Bachelor of Arts in Career and Technical Studies, or the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies should contact the Program Coordinator of the specific program.

CTE Candidate Academic Grade Grievance Procedures

A CTE candidate may appeal a final course grade or a grade on a Comprehensive Examination or a project (e.g., art exhibition) or thesis required for graduation.  An appeal may be initiated when a CTE candidate believes there has been any of the following: 

  1. Clerical error 
  2. Capricious or prejudicial evaluation 
  3. Inconsistent or inequitably applied standards for evaluation 

CTE candidates may also appeal to other types of academic decisions. These include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Denial of admission to or dismissal from a course, major, or program 
  2. Placement on Academic Probation 
  3. Suspension or dismissal from the university 

CSUSB James R. Watson & Judy Rodriguez Watson College of Education


May 10, 2024
<a href=";showinfo=0">Watch CSUSB WCOE Credential Ceremony May 10, 2024 YouTube Video</a>