North Coast School of Education

Adult Education Credential


Designated Subjects Adult Education (AE) credentialed teachers provide lifelong educational opportunities and services to adult learners. To become an Adult Education teacher, a candidate must first earn the three-year Preliminary Designated Subjects AE Credential.

To learn about the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's (CTC) eligibility requirements for earning a Designated Subjects AE Teaching Credential, visit CTC’s Adult Education webpage.

Applying for the Preliminary Designated Subjects AE Credential

To apply for a Preliminary Designated Subjects AE credential, you will need to submit a complete application to your county office of education's Credential Analyst and enroll in a Designated Subjects AE Credential Program. Learn more by visiting NCSOE’s Designated Subjects Credential Program (CTE/AE) webpage.

All application materials are submitted to NCSOE for recommendation to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Earning the Clear Designated Subjects AE Credential

Each teaching credential has a unique set of standards that must be met in order to obtain the California Clear Credential. In order to clear the Preliminary Designated Subjects AE Credential, credential holders participate in NCSOE’s Designated Subjects Credential Program. Program requirements vary depending on past teaching experience and California credentials. Upon completion of NCSOE’s Designated Subjects Program and any additional credential requirements, Adult Education teachers are eligible to apply for their Clear Credential.