Credentials

The Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) serves as the local agency approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to register the credentials of persons hired by county school districts for positions requiring administrative, teaching, service and special education credentials, as well as other permits and certificates.  Our services are guided by the rules and regulations of the CCTC and defined in California State Education Code.

 We are mandated by law to audit, register and certify the credentials, certificates and permits held or applied for by all certificated personnel for all the school districts in Mendocino County.  In this capacity, we maintain official records for the CCTC relating to monitoring/review of teaching and service assignments in all our districts.  Additionally, we advise districts on numerous credential issues and hold workshops throughout the year for school district personnel to update them in credentialing and legislation changes.

 

Contact Information


Samantha Travis, Credentials Analyst  --  707-467-5010
sam@mcoe.us
2240 Old River Rd.
Ukiah, CA  95482

 

Links

Renew Credential Online

Please note: Online renewal is not available for all credentials. Preliminary and Intern credentials and Provisional, Short-Term and Emergency permits (excluding Emergency Substitute Permits) must be handled by the district, county or university staff.

Online renewal is not advised if your credential has already expired. Contact MCOE or your district office if this is the case.

CCTC -- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

CBEST -- California Basic Educational Skills Test

CSET -- California Subject Matter Exams for Teacher

CTEL -- California Teachers of English Learners Examination

RICA -- Reading Instruction Competence Assessment

CDTC -- Child Development Training Consortium

NCLB -- No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I earn a California teaching credential?

All credentials issued for service in California are issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  For information on approved teacher preparation programs, please visit the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/teach.html.

 

  • I am interested in substitute teaching; how do I proceed?

Substitute Information page coming soon.  In the mean time, please contact Samantha Travis, Credentials Analyst at Mendocino County Office of Education at 707-467-5010 or sam@mcoe.us.

 

  • I hold a California teaching credential; how do I add an additional authorization to my current credential?

If you are currently employed in a school district you will want to file your paperwork through your employer.  There are many different types of additional authorizations available from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  For information on the requirements to add a full teaching authorization please visit the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/add-cred-auth.html.  For information on adding supplementary and subject matter authorizations you may review the information on the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/sup-subject-matter-auth.html.  If you need additional information on these options, please contact Samantha Travis, Credentials Analyst at Mendocino County Office of Education at 707-467-5010 or sam@mcoe.us; or you may email the CTC directly at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.

 

  • How do I obtain an authorization to teach English Learners?

There are currently two routes to obtain an authorization to teach English Learner (EL) students: A) Take and pass the CTEL exam.   Information on the CTEL exam may be found at www.ctel.nesinc.com.  B) Enroll in CTEL coursework with a college/university approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  A list of approved programs can be found at http://134.186.81.79/fmi/xsl/CTC_apm/recordlist_SCCclad.html. 

 

  • I am a teacher in a state other than California; how do I earn a California teaching credential?

In California all teaching, services and administrative credentials are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  Although you may apply directly to the CTC for a California credential based on a teaching credential from another state, we recommend making an appointment with the Credentials Analyst at your local county office to assist you with the paperwork.  The requirements for a California teaching credential based on an out of state teaching credential may be found on the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/out-of-state.html.   The CTC takes approximately 50 days to process an application. By meeting with a county credentials analyst you may be able to work before the CTC issues your document.

 

  • I am currently a teacher; how do I become a school administrator?

For detailed information on the requirements to become a school administrator, testing, approved programs and authorizations, please visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/admin-svcs.html.

 

  • I am interested in becoming a school counselor, school psychologist or school social worker.

For detailed information on the requirements and authorizations for school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers and child welfare and attendance regulators, please visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/pupil-personnel-svcs.html.

 

  • How do I obtain a Career Technical Education (CTE) or Adult Education credential?

CTE and Adult Education credentials are issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  All applications for CTE credentials must be submitted through an approved Local Education Agency (LEA); applications for Adult Education credentials may be submitted through an approved LEA or the employing school district.  Information on the requirements for CTE and Adult Education credentials as well as a list of approved LEAs can be found on the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/adult-voc-ed.html.

 

Local Universities Offering Teacher Preparation Programs and/or Evaluation Services

CalStateTEACH
Monterey Bay Regional Center
CSU Monterey Bay, Building 84E
100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 582-4624
Email the Regional Center for Mendocino County teachers.

Dominican University
Lisa Ray Kelly, Program Director
Jemie Ann Rocca, Program Coordinator
2240 Old River Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
707-463-4800
Email the Ukiah Branch.

Humboldt State University
Christine Hall, Administrative Support Assistant in Education
Carly Metaxas, Administrative Support Assistant in Education
Office of Education and Credentialing
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
707-826-5867
Email the Administriative Support Assistants.

Sonoma State University School of Education
Stevenson Hall 1078
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Email the Dean of Education.
(707) 664-3115
Email the Credentials Office.
(707) 664-2832

 
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