The credential programs at Dominican University are authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to prepare candidates for teaching responsibilities in regular and special classrooms in elementary, middle and high schools. Candidates participate in a program that combines academic preparation (coursework) with extensive experiences in schools (fieldwork).
Candidates who successfully complete the program earn preliminary credentials as outlined in California’s Learning to Teach System (Chapter 1). Professional Clear credential preparation, as well as periodic credential renewal requirements, serves to create a teacher training model that supports Dominican University’s commitment to on-going professional development.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires two general kinds of knowledge and skills from its teachers: (1) knowing how to teach, which you demonstrate by completing an approved teacher education program such as Dominican’s; and (2) knowing subject matter, which you demonstrate either through academic course work or through examination. The standards for subject matter knowledge are established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, through expert panels composed of teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and university subject specialists.
The following are examples of various types of Credentials and Permits.