How to Get a Teaching Credential

Transfer to Earn a Teaching Credential


To teach in a public school system, you must have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and a Teaching Credential that can be earned at a 4-year university.   

You should consider earning an Associate's Degree and/or take the necessary courses to transfer to a 4-year university.  Please see a counselor in the Transfer Center. 

The most traditional approach to be an elementary teacher:

  • Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Child and Adolescent Studies, Liberal Studies Teacher Track or other related field.    Earn a Multiple Subjects Credential.

The most traditional approach to be a middle or high school teacher:

  • Earn a Bachelor's Degree in the subject you want to teach.  Earn a Single Subject Credential.

The most traditional approach to earning a Special Education Credential:

  • Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Early Chiildhood Education, Human Development, Child and Adolescent Studies, Liberal Studies Teacher Track or other related field.   Earn an Education Specialist Credential.

To earn a Bilingual Credential:

  • Hold the appropriate Teaching Credential and pass the necessary tests CSET subsets or coursework in a bilingual program.   Please consult the 4-year university you attend.