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This credential is designed for those interested in teaching a specific subject in which they have experience, education and the appropriate license, if needed. The program provides the theory needed for teaching and learning while incorporating a variety of effective teaching strategies and behaviors.

Career opportunities

This credential prepares candidates to teach the designated specific subject in grades 12 and below and in classes organized primarily for adults.

Program director

Vicki Pontius
Vicki Pontius, Ed.D.

DSE Program Director

Admission requirements

  • High school diploma, GED, or official college transcripts
  • Five years work or education experience in career technical area (with recency requirement)
  • Fulfill U.S. Constitution course requirement (Special Subjects Credential)
  • For Supervision and Coordination Credential, hold Clear C.T.E Credential
  • Orientation Interview with Program Director
  • Apply online (submit DSE Program Application and fee)
  • Fingerprint clearance through Department of Justice
  • CTC Application Form 41-4
  • Appropriate license or recommendation from appropriate agency

Course listing

Required Courses (9 Units)

DSE 400Early Orientation for Designated Subject Teachers2
DSE 405Educational Technology1
DSE 410Foundations of Career Technical Education1
DSE 415Curriculum Development3
DSE 420Special Needs2