North Coast School of Education

Designated Subjects Credential Program

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The Designated Subjects Program is a pathway to earning a Career Technical Education or Adult Education Teaching Credential. NCSOE’s state accredited Designated Subjects Credential Program is designed for New Credential Holders (individuals who have never held a teaching credential) and Existing Credential Holders (individuals that already hold a teaching credential).

Candidates are employed as teachers of a Career Technical Education or Adult Education class while receiving ongoing support from course Instructors and Practicum Supervisors to earn a Clear Teaching Credential. New Credential Holders also receive support from Designated Subjects credentialed Mentors who meet weekly with Candidates, providing “just-in-time” coaching and support with short and long-term goal setting.

The information below outlines the different credential pathways. For more information, please contact our office at (707) 524-2818 or at ncsoe@scoe.org.


CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)

Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) credentialed teachers support elementary, middle and high school students in meeting high academic standards and the essential knowledge and transferable skills to match rapidly changing workplace requirements. To become a Career & Technical Education teacher, a teacher must first earn the three-year Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE Credential, available through NCSOE’s Designated Subjects Credential Program, and then participate in NCSOE’s Designated Subjects Credential Program.

Enrollment Instructions

Step 1: To apply for the Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE credential, you must submit an application to your county office of education’s Credential Analyst. Details on the application requirements can be found on the Career Technical Education Credential webpage.

Step 2: After you have been accepted into the program as a New Credential Holder, you will:

  • Create an NCSOE database account (by invitation only)
  • Register for an Orientation and virtual courses

Step 3: Complete the Foundations & Orientations online course within 30 days of enrollment.

Step 4: Participate in NCSOE’s two-year Designated Subjects Credential Program required coursework delivered both virtually and online, complete inquiry-based Individual Learning Plans (ILP), and fulfill any additional State of California credential requirements.

Step 5: Upon successful completion of the program and all credential requirements, Candidates are recommended for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential.

Teachers who hold an existing Clear California Teaching Credential and are teaching an industry sector CTE class, may earn a Clear CTE Credential through a one-year Designated Subjects Program that includes attending required virtual classes, submitting Individual Learning Plans (ILP) twice per year, and meeting any additional State of California credential requirements.

Enrollment Instructions

Step 1: To apply for the Preliminary Designated Subjects CTE credential, you must submit an application to your county office of education’s Credential Analyst. Details on the application requirements can be found on the Career & Technical Education Credential webpage.

Step 2: After you have been accepted into the Designated Subjects Credential Program as an Existing Credential Holder, you will:

  • Create an NCSOE database account or update your old NCSOE account if you had previously participated in one of NCSOE’s credentialing programs (by invitation only)
  • Register for an Orientation and virtual courses

Step 3: Complete the Foundations & Orientations online course within 30 days of enrollment.

Step 4: Participate in NCSOE’s one-year Designated Subjects Credential Program required coursework delivered both virtually and online, complete inquiry-based Individual Learning Plans (ILP), and fulfill any additional State of California credential requirements.

Step 5: Upon successful completion of the program and all credential requirements, Candidates are recommended for the Clear CTE Teaching Credential.


ADULT EDUCATION

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

Enrollment Instructions

Step 1: To apply for the Preliminary Designated Subjects AE credential, you must submit an application to your county office of education’s Credential Analyst. Details on the application requirements can be found on the Adult Education Credential webpage:

Step 2: After you have been accepted into the Adult Education Program, you will:

  • Create an NCSOE database account (by invitation only)
  • Register for an Orientation and virtual courses

Step 3: Complete the Foundations & Orientations and Adult Learning Principles & Theory online courses within 30 days of enrollment.

Step 4: Participate in NCSOE’s two-year Designated Subjects Credential Program required coursework delivered both virtually and online, complete inquiry-based Individual Learning Plans (ILP), and fulfill any additional State of California credential requirements.

Step 5: Upon successful completion of the program and all credential requirements, candidates are recommended for the Clear Adult Education Teaching Credential.