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Career Technical Education Preliminary Credential Application Materials

Step 1: Print and review Checklist for CTE Preliminary Applications

Step 2: Complete and Collect:

  • Verification of LiveScan Fingerprinting — First time credential applicants only. If you hold a current credential or permit at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, you do not need to be fingerprinted again.
    • If you are employed in San Diego County click here to make an appointment. You will also need to be fingerprinted for the Clearinghouse.  Please print and bring two copies of the Clearinghouse Fingerprint Form.pdf to your appointment.
  • Temporary County Certificate Application — Only for teachers at public school districts; contact your employer to obtain the correct form for your county of employment.

For updates to the COC and initial preliminary application fees for the July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 school year please read the CTC Coded Correspondence 21-04 Credential Fee Waiver here.
  • Certificate of Clearance, applicants must complete LiveScan fingerprinting (41-LS) and then apply online at the Commission of Teachers Credentialing website. The fee for this document is $52.50. Once the Certificate of Clearance is granted, the applicant may apply for their regular credential/permit through our office and claim a $50 fee credit by submitting a copy of the Certificate of Clearance.

    • AB 1505 was recently approved and will require all charter school teachers (credentialed or not) to have a state level background check (Certificate of Clearance) by July 1, 2020.

  • Fees for CTE credential ONLY: SDCOE is no longer collecting the $100.00 fee as we move to online recommendations for CTE credentials. Payment will be required once the online recommendation is made by SDCOE via an email sent by the CTC. (4.13.2020) Please review the CTC Coded Correspondence 21-04 Credential Fee Waiver here.

    • The candidate has 90 days to complete the credential recommendation. The SDCOE DS program will charge a $60 re-recommend fee if the application is cancelled by the CTC and the program re-recommends the same credential.

  • Three years (*3,000 hours) of work experience needed, with at least one year of hands-on experience, and recency of one year in the last five years, or two years within the last 10 years. 

Step 3: Turn in all documentation to your employer's Human Resources Credential Technician. They will mail the packet to our Credentials Office for processing.

DO NOT SCAN AND EMAIL APPLICATIONS. SDCOE CANNOT ACCEPT SCANNED APPLICATIONS DUE TO THE SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Mailing Address:
SDCOE Designated Subjects
6401 Linda Vista Rd., Ste. 103
San Diego, CA 92111