Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in California, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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- Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: California provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
- Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: The California Department of Education and Commission on Teacher Credentialing co-sponsor the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program. BTSA is one of the best state-funded induction programs in the country. The program is designed to aid in the development of newly-credentialed teachers, and to help teachers fulfill the requirements for the California Clear Multiple and Single Subjects Credentials.
- Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in California makes $63,010
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in California makes $64,860
- Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in California makes 145% of the salary of the average worker in California
- Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in California receives 15 weeks of vacation per year
- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
- California Teacher Tenure
- California Social Work
- Troops to Teachers California: In California, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Mountain Pacific Region Troops to Teachers Office
- California Department of Education
- 1430 N. Street
- Sacramento, California 95814-5901 For further information, contact:
- Michael McKibbin, email@example.com
- Catherine Creegan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- (916) 319-0800
Need help preparing for your California credentialing exams? We recommend you look at Teachers Test Prep, which offers test preparation programs for the CSET, CBEST, and RICA.