Become a math teacher in California

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  1. tuankiet153

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    Dear,

    My friend and her family are going to move to reside in California. She holds a Bachelor degree in Finance. Due to this economy downturn, she thinks of teaching math at HS level. Could you please help advise her step-by-step to earn teaching certificate in California. Also, if someone holds teaching cert in Texas, what should he/she do to change his/her cert to California cert? Thank you.
     
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  3. CaliforniaRPCV

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    You are asking for your friend who has no experience? And separately for yourself as a credentialed teacher in Texas?

    The answers to both are likely to be found on the California CTC site https://www.ctc.ca.gov/

    Especially for your friend other good sources of information are schools like National University (https://www.nu.edu/) and Western Governors University (https://www.wgu.edu/).

    Then there is the option of private schools that do not require certification.
     
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    Thank you. I feel like the process to earn credential in California is harder than that in Texas.
     
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    It's a different process, is what it is. Most teachers in California, unlike most teachers in other states, didn't major in education: they majored in something else, then entered a post-graduate teaching credential program.

    Was your friend educated in the United States? If so, she'll follow one of the paths laid out at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/teach-secondary. What they all have in common is that
    1. one satisfies California's basic-skills requirement, typically by passing CBEST, though there are other options: see https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl667.pdf?sfvrsn=91a6cf60_54 and
    2. one satisfies California's subject-matter requirement (see https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl674s.pdf?sfvrsn=4b668ca2_14), in this case by passing the first two subtests of CSET Math (see www.ctcexams.nesinc.com, look for CSET, find Mathematics: there are two possible credentials, depending on the level of math one wants to teach), and
    3. after satisfying (a) and (b), one completes a teaching credential program, either before applying for jobs or while teaching as an intern.
    Internship programs are essentially jobs plus education offered by either a university or a school district. If your friend is interested in the internship route and already knows where in California she will be settling, she might want to get in touch with the local county office of education (COE); if it's open for business in this year of COVID-19, the people there are as likely as anyone to know which universities and which districts are offering any internships this fall.

    But your friend can also choose to pay for her credential program herself (that's the first option on the https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/teach-secondary page), and in that case the COE website should list all the local universities that offer teaching credential programs.
     
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