K-12 Teaching and Education

As a top provider of teaching credentials in California, UMass Global's CTC-accredited programs prepare you for leading your classroom and community. 

Become the Teacher Who Inspired You

Each of us had at least one teacher who truly inspired us. Today, there’s a need to find the next generation of great teachers. How about you? If you’re thinking about a career in education, you’ve come to the right place.

For over 65 years, UMass Global has been a leader in California education. Our combination of degrees and credentials, featuring online coursework and in-classroom fieldwork, allows you to keep working while working toward becoming that next great teacher.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

Teaching Requirements

Understanding Teaching Qualifications

Teaching qualifications can seem confusing, especially when they vary from state to state. Learn about the various credentials, licensure, certificates and more. Plus get in-depth answers to the following common questions:

  • What are the various educational pathways for teachers?
  • What is alternative career teacher certification?
  • Do you need specific credentials to teach certain subjects?
  • Why pursue teaching certificates and authorizations?


Your roadmap to becoming a teacher in California

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

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.


How to Become a Teacher in CA 
I now have the skill set to go forth and be the leader to really help my community and make it better.
Anna M.
MA in Education, Educational Administration

Find Your Teaching Credential or Education Program

Become the Teacher Who Inspired You

Have questions about enrollment, degree programs or financial aid? A UMass Global enrollment coach can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about how to become a teacher and education options that can prepare you for the classroom.

Teaching Credentials

What is the Single Subject Teaching Credential?

If you have your sights set on teaching a particular subject, you should pursue the Single Subject Teaching Credential. Educators holding this credential are authorized to teach a specific subject to students ranging in age from preschool to 12th grade, and less commonly, adult students. See possible subject areas.

What is the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential?

A Multiple Subject Teaching Credential is the primary requirement for teaching in California's elementary schools, grades K-6, but may authorize the holder to teach in higher level grades as well. It includes course work to allow teachers to support students who are learning the English language (ESL). Get more info.

What is the Education Specialist Instruction Credential?

The Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes educators to teach and support students with identified disabilities and provide special education support for students in a particular area of focus such as autism and language development. They can also conduct educational assessments to identify how to best help students progress toward achieving their academic goals. See more specialties

Can teaching credentials transfer between states?

Even if a teacher meets a different state’s requirements, they will still need to apply for a new license to teach there. See the specific guidelines and dig deeper into earning your credential with our resource, "The California educator's guide to choosing the right teaching credential."

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