Credential Programs

Become a Teacher

To teach in the State of California you must first earn a Teaching Credential. Find the information you need to apply and gain your credential below.

Becoming a Teacher

Program Overviews

Your first step to becoming a teacher is to attend one of our on-campus overviews for the credential program in which you are interested.  For information about dates and location for each overview, please refer to the calendar below.  There is no charge to attend an overview and you may attend as many overviews as you wish.  You do not need to register to attend an overview.  Overviews last approximately 90 minutes (with Q & A).  Please allow additional time before the overview for parking, we recommend purchasing a parking pass that will last for at least two hours.  For daily parking permit information click here.  For directions to the main campus and/or the Irvine Campus and a campus map please click here.  If you have additional questions please contact Admission to Teacher Education at (657) 278-3352 or email us at

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Our Credential Programs

Elementary & Bilingual Education

Our Multiple Subject Credential Program prepares students for a teaching career at the Elementary School level. We offer a Multiple Subject Credential, Multiple Subject Credential with Bilingual Authorization, and a Combined Credential / Masters Program. For more program and admission information, visit our Elementary and Bilingual Education Department here.

Secondary Education (High School & Middle School)

The Single Subject Credential prepares students for a teaching career at the High School and Middle School level. Specific single-subject areas of study include: Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies. For more program and admission information, visit our Secondary Education Department here.

Special Education

Education Specialist Credentials prepare students for a teaching career working with children with Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and also in Early Childhood Special Education. For more program and admission information, visit our Special Education Department here.

Reading Education Specialist Credential

The Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential prepares students for a teaching career working with classroom teachers to monitor student progress, direct literacy interventions, plan literacy instruction programs and develop and coordinate reading programs at the school, district, or county level.
Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential

Clear Credential

The Clear Credential Program is designed to serve teachers who need to clear their multiple or single subject credential, but for whom induction is unavailable.
Read more about our Clear Credential Program

Tier II Credential

The State of California’s Clear Administrative Credential (the Tier II Credential) is specifically designed for recently hired school administrators in California working under the California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (the Tier I Credential). California State University, Fullerton, has embedded a fully accredited Tier II Credential within the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program.
Read more about our Tier II Credential Program

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