What Are the Requirements for California Teaching Credential Renewals?


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California requirements for renewing teaching credentials vary by type of credential and the holder's educational path and experience. Teachers with Clear or Level II credentials have previously met all educational and program requirements and can renew their certification online up to one year in advance of the renewal date or, if lapsed, at any time. The online renewal document includes six professional fitness background questions regarding criminal activity and misconduct or disciplinary actions related to employment as a teacher.

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Educators holding California's life credentials, which include Clear General, Standard and Ryan credentials, have no renewal requirements. The five-year Preliminary or Level 1 credential is not renewable. Holders of these credentials must complete additional requirements that are specific to their background and experience prior to their credential's expiration date in order to qualify and advance to the Clear or Level II credential. For example, a teacher holding a preliminary single-subject credential who received training in California must participate in a state-approved induction program to move to the Clear Teaching Credential. More rigorous requirements pertain to those with out-of-state training, including successfully completing the California Basic Skills exam, earning a Master's degree, or completing a set number of clock hours of specified professional activities and satisfying California's subject matter competence examination.

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