Does anyone know if you can begin your path to tenure before you have a preliminary credential? For example, if I began teaching on an emergency credential in the fall of 2000, then received my preliminary credential in the fall of 2001, would I receive tenure in the fall of 2002? Or do I need to wait until I have had my credential for two years? Each district might be different, but California seems to have a lot of similarity among districts in this regard. Our union contract does not state anything about this.