Prospective Teachers

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

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How to Become a Teacher in California

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) - The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government and serves as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California. Extensive information can be found on the CCTC web-site and key areas include:

Out of State Certification Information

Individuals Prepared Outside of the United States

California Department of Education (CDE)
The California Department of Education (CDE) oversees the state's diverse and dynamic public school system that is responsible for the education of more than seven million children and young adults in more than 9,000 schools. The CDE and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are responsible for enforcing education law and regulations; and for continuing to reform and improve public elementary school programs, secondary school programs, adult education, some preschool programs, and child care programs. The CDE's mission is to provide leadership, assistance, oversight, and resources so that every Californian has access to an education that meets world-class standards. The CDE is committed to working in partnership with local schools to improve student achievement. Information related to teacher shortage, career exploration, college resources, financial support, teacher quality improvement initiatives can be found via the following links:

TEACH California
TEACH California is a Web site administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). With the understanding that California faces a great shortage of special educators, the site is designed to explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, and offer links to important resources.

US Department of Education
The U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students -- to ensure that all have equal access to education and to promote excellence in our nation's schools. Helpful links include:

California Student Aid Commission
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) provides financial assistance for students pursuing a teaching career and to "make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians." A helpful link includes: Commission Programs.

How to Find a Job

EdJoin is a portal to thousands of teaching and other education job openings and to a broad range of job placement and training services for job seekers.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Opportunities to substitute teach may be available to you. Minimum requirements to obtain an Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit; this permit allows you to substitute teach for no more than 30 days (general education assignment; 20-day limitation in special education assignments). You may contact our Credentials Department for more information.

Please be aware that you will be required to submit an official application for employment and be processed for substitute employment by each individual school district.

If you are interested in working with special education and at-risk student populations, you may wish to consider substitute teaching with Monterey County Office of Education. For more information regarding substitute teaching opportunities, please refer to the following links:

You may also want to consider classified opportunities at Monterey County Office of Education. Our Recruitment Specialist is responsible for the recruitment of classified (non-credentialed) substitutes in non-teaching areas of need.

Other certificated and classified vacancies may be listed on EdJoin.


Leigh Butler

Chief Human Resources Officer
Phone: 831.784.4195

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