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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. The SDCOE Designated Subjects Credential Program is 100% online. 

The Designated Subjects Consortium 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.

Program Overview 

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

The first credential the candidate will receive is a preliminary credential. The candidate must be recommended by an approved Program Sponsor (DSC is one). The preliminary credential is valid for three years (five years for ROTC teachers). During that time, the candidate will be expected to complete specific coursework and requirements. Once they have completed all program requirements they can be recommended by our office for their clear credential. The clear credential will be valid for five years and can be renewed by an on-line application with the CTC.​

The SDCOE Designated Subjects Credential Program is 100% online.

Please look at the left-hand side of the webpage for information regarding: applications, extensions and program partner requirements.

Candidate may request to withdraw from a course within 48 hours of the course start date/time. Request to withdraw must be received by SDCOE DS within this timeframe. 

Should a candidate enroll and not successfully complete a course, they will not receive a certificate of completion or the registration link to the next course. He or she will be notified by the SDCOE DS program of his or her non-completion status and required to register and pay for future course sessions, until he or she successfully completes the course.

​The San Diego County Office of Education does not discriminate on the basis of harassment, intimidation, bullying, sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in employment, and protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.