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Designated Subjects Credentials


The San Diego County Office of Education is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to recommend individuals for both preliminary and clear Designated Subjects teaching credentials.

Our program is designed to work in conjunction with candidates and employers throughout the state of California.

SDCOE provides in-house, online credentialing classes for all four (4) types of Designated Subjects Credentials including Career Technical Education (CTE), Adult Education, Special Subjects, and Supervision and Coordination.

How does this process work?

Unlike Single or Multiple Subject Credentials, the first step to obtaining a Designated Subjects Credential is obtaining employment. You must first be offered a position that requires you to have a particular Designated Subjects Credential. Once employment is secured, your employer's Human Resources office will assist you in applying for the appropriate credential. 

The first credential you will get is a preliminary credential. You must be recommended by an approved Program Sponsor (SDCOE is one). The preliminary credential is valid for three years (five years for ROTC teachers). During that time, you will be expected to complete certain renewal requirements. Once you have completed all these requirements you can be recommended by our office for your clear credential. Your clear credential will be valid for five years and can be renewed by an on-line application with CTC.​

Please look to the upper left hand side of the page for navigation to our pages. These pages include all the information and documents you will need for preliminary and clear credentials, as well as extensions, transfers, and becoming a program partner! We look forward to working with you! 

As of June 30, 2016, we no longer accept UCSD coursework completed after that date towards clearance of your credential. (US Constitution or Health Ed courses are exempt)