I was thinking just recently, about how long it takes to become a fully qualified teacher in California. That's a whooping 7 years. 4 years=bachelor's degree, 1 year= credential program, 2 years= until you get your cleared credential (Induction Program). I heard from multiple sources that those first 2 years of your preliminary credential are the hardest. Many have said it is like a 2-year interview since you're constantly being evaluated and taking courses. So 7 years and 5 exams (CBSEST, 3 CSETS, and RICA). It seems so much, I have been feeling discouraged. But, with my Child Development degree...I really don't have many options for a well-paying job.