Your roadmap to becoming a teacher in California

This article is provided to ACSA by Brandman University, an ACSA Partner4Purpose

On its surface, the path to becoming a teacher may seem pretty straightforward: Get into college, complete your program’s student teaching requirements, earn your education degree and find a job. But once you start digging a little deeper, you’ll discover that the process has a few more twists and turns.

The specific educational journey you take will differ depending on the type of teacher you hope to become. Working as a special education teacher in an elementary school, for example, will require different qualifications than a position as a high school history teacher. There are also state-specific teaching credentials to take into account.

So when it comes to gearing up for a robust education career in the state of California, where should you start? We’re here to help!

How to become a teacher in California

We designed this helpful infographic to assist you in navigating your path to becoming a teacher in California. Once you identify your desired destination, use this tool to plot your next steps.

 

Roadmap to becoming a teacher in California

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Plan your path to becoming a teacher in California

Once you’re ready to begin your journey toward becoming a teacher in California, reference this guide to ensure you’re following the right route. Much like any time you’re behind the wheel, having detailed directions up front will help you avoid any unnecessary detours along the way.

You may have a long road ahead before completing your education requirements, but the good news is that California boasts a high level of opportunity for aspiring classroom instructors. As many as 80 percent of California school districts reported a shortage of qualified teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

The sooner you depart on your journey, the sooner you’ll reach your destination and become one of the inspiring instructors California students desperately need. Depending on where you are in your journey toward the front of the classroom, you may find it helpful to review the ins and outs of California teaching credentials. If you’re ready to do some research on programs that can help you get there, head over to Brandman University’s School of Education page to evaluate your options.

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