Career and Technical Education Credential Program

Become a teacher by utilizing your professional skills and experience. This credential program enables talented industry professionals in select fields to begin teaching immediately in public schools upon enrollment while earning a California Career & Technical (CTE) clear teaching credential.

This program is perfect for...

  • Educators with an offer of employment in a Career Technical Education classroom in their industry sector
  • Schools building college and career pipelines for new professional and creative fields for K-12 students
  • Schools and school districts addressing critical staffing needs and seeking talented, committed educators

What you can learn.

  • Curriculum design and lesson planning skills relevant to your professional field
  • Effective teaching and learning methods for engaging students
  • Research-based practices for recognizing and growing the unique skills of diverse students
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to attain a California clear CTE credential

Your Pathway into Teaching


The CTE Credential in California program is a unique pathway into the teaching profession. It offers employers the opportunity to hire talented and committed professionals with at least three years of qualified industry experience to fill critical positions in career and technical education classrooms.

The CTE Credential Program at UCLA Extension is designed for qualified industry professionals who have received offers of employment to teach specific courses requiring a CTE credential. An employer is an essential part of obtaining the CTE credential. Candidates should plan to meet with their employer to confirm their teaching position, identify an industry sector, and agree to program mentorship expectations.

Approved candidates obtain a recommendation for the preliminary CTE credential, enroll in Early Orientation for CTE, and immediately begin teaching.


The program is comprised of eight courses that vary in length from three to eight weeks.

Courses are delivered online via Canvas with some courses requiring a one-hour live Zoom session on Tuesday evenings.

Coursework can be completed in 18 months.


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Students must complete all of the following courses:
EDUC X 366.13
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 366.18
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
EDUC X 366.14
Typically Offered: Winter
EDUC X 366.15
Typically Offered: Spring
EDUC X 366.16
Typically Offered: Winter
EDUC X 366.17
Typically Offered: Fall
EDUC X 327.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
EDUC X 312.8A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter


Qualifying Employment as a CTE Teacher. 

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the below eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

  1. Have an offer of employment in a California CTE classroom in the industry sector.
  2. Have applied for a Certificate of Clearance with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  3. Have an identified mentor approved by your supervisor
  4. Have three years of total work experience in a CTC industry sector with at least one year of relevant work experience occurring in the past five years--or, at least two years of relevant work experience in the past ten years.

Candidates who already possess a clear California Single or Multiple Subject credential may enroll in the Bridge Program. Bridge candidates can clear their credential by successfully completing CTE Foundations course and two semesters of supervised teaching and observation by an approved mentor

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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