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Ensuring high-quality educators serve our region's diverse students

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is the local agency that provides credentialing services to school districts, charter schools, universities, and individuals across the county. SDCOE provides guidance and information on state requirements and regulations as well as reviews applications to ensure accuracy and completion before submitting to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for final approval. If you would like to submit a credential or permit application for processing, please either send them via U.S. mail, truck mail, drop off at our front gate, or walk-in at 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111. Please allow three to four weeks for processing time.

At this time, our Linda Vista location is accepting credential walk-ins (as time permits) Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be aware that Fridays are often blocked for staff meetings and professional development which affects walk-in service so be sure to check our Important Notices section to the right for closures. 

At our San Marcos location (NCREC), we are accepting credential walk-ins (as time permits) on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. only. Be sure to check our Important Notices section to the right for any additional closures. 

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  • Designated Subjects

  • Internship Credentials

  • Added Authorization in Special Education
  • Induction 
  • And more! 

Visit the Educator Preparation page

Important Notices

Closure Information: 
SDCOE office:

Closed Friday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2 for Credential Services. 

North County Office (NCREC):
Beginning in December 2022, the North County Office will be closed on Fridays. No walk-in Service will be provided at this location on Fridays so please visit our Linda Vista location on these days. We will also be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2. 

San Diego County Office Of Education

6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7399​

  • Check in outside Room 105
  • Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.​​ (as time permits)
  • Phone: 858-298-2194

North County Regional Education Center 

255 Pico Avenue
San Marcos, CA 92069​

  • Check in: Room 102
  • Mondays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (as time permits)
  • Phone: 858-298-2194

How To...

To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, applicants must complete Live Scan fingerprinting (41-LS and Clearinghouse) and then apply online at the Commission of Teacher Credentialing website.

To update your name with the Commission it is necessary to complete and submit form 41-NC along with all the requested documentation. Access the form online, then submit it to our office or send it directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing at 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811-4213.

The CTC no longer prints nor mails a physical document to credential or permit holders. If you need a physical copy of your credential or permit, you will need to print a copy from the CTC website.

The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, including preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 inclusive, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Renewing online three months prior to the expiration date usually allows enough time for the document to be granted and downloaded to our payroll system.

SDCOE is currently accepting all paper applications via U.S. mail at 6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104, San Diego, CA 92111. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for processing time.

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