How to become a teacher in California [Infographic]

On its surface, the path to the head of the classroom may seem like a pretty direct route: Get into college, complete your student teaching requirements, earn an education degree and find a job. But once you start digging, you’ll discover that the path has a few more twists and turns.

Your educational journey 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 consider.

If you’re interested in teaching in California, there are some particular details about the process that you’ll need to know. We’re here to help!

A detailed look at how to become a teacher in California

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

Plan your path to becoming a teacher

The detailed guide above should give you a better understanding of how to become a teacher in California. You may have a long road ahead before completing your education requirements, but you can feel good about the likelihood of finding a job upon graduation. A 2019 study found that as many as 80 percent of California school districts reported a shortage of qualified teachers, and the pandemic has only further exacerbated the issue.

On your way to becoming one of the inspiring instructors students desperately need, you may find it helpful to review the ins and outs of California teaching credentials. If you’re ready to research degrees and programs that can help you get there, explore UMass Global's K-12 education resources

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