Credential in Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) and Special Subjects

Credential in Designated Subjects Career Technical Education (CTE) and Special Subjects

Classroom Program


24 months


19 Units

UCR Extension

If you would like to teach in ROP, a correctional facility, private school or military setting, earn your Career Technical Education (CTE) or Designated Subjects (DS) Special Subjects Credential. Learn how you can pass down your expertise to students who want to begin a vocational, technical or trade career.

Use your specialized knowledge in a vocation, technical or military field to help today's career technical or ROTC students gain an edge when you earn your Designated Subjects (DS) Credential in either Career Technical Education (CTE) or Special Subjects.

Designed For

Individuals who have an employment offer to teach Career Technical Education (CTE) or Special Subjects or individuals who have obtained a Preliminary DS CTE or Special Subjects Credential who need to enroll in and complete a Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC) approved program of study to clear their Preliminary Credential. The following industry sectors are available for DS CTE credentials:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Building and Construction Trades
  • Business and Finance
  • Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Energy, Environment and Utilities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Marketing, Sales, and Service
  • Public Services
  • Transportation

The following DS: Special Subject credentials are available:

  • Aviation Flight Instruction
  • Aviation Ground Instruction
  • Basic Military Drill
  • Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

What You'll Learn

  • Curriculum development and instructional planning skills related to developing occupational oriented knowledge and skills in developing lesson plans.
  • Strategies for planning instruction which are relevant to the diverse needs of students and various occupations.
  • Classroom management strategies to develop and maintain a safe and effective learning environment.
  • Concepts surrounding the CTE and Special Subject professions with highlights touching on the legal and ethical issues in the field.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


19 Units

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Current teaching position or offer of employment

Completion Requirements

  • Complete a total of 20 quarter units, with a grade of B or better.
  • Apply for the credential by providing:
    • State Credential Application Form 41-4
    • State Credential Application Fee of $70 (money order made payable to CCTC)
    • Work experience verification on letterhead (required for CTE only)
    • Completed Livescan Form with CTC as the agency

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Orientation to the Designated Subjects Credential Program

EDUC 814.7

DS Early Orientation to Teaching

EDUC X309.01

2 units

Quarter 2

DS Assessing Student Learning

EDUC X309.04

3 units

Quarter 3

DS Teaching English Learners and Students with Special Needs

EDUC X309.05

3 units

Quarter 4

DS Classroom/Laboratory Management and Safety

EDUC X309.02

2 units

DS Foundations and Professional Legal/Ethical Responsibility

EDUC X309.06

1.5 units

Quarter 5

DS Curriculum and Instruction

EDUC X309.03

4 units

Quarter 6

Implementation of Health Instruction Framework for California Schools

EDUC X451.01

2 units

Quarter 7

CPR and Basic First Aid

EDUC X351.4

1 units

U.S. Constitution Examination

EDUC 850

Quarter 8

DS Culminating Portfolio

EDUC X309.07

0.5 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Focusing on the CTE vision, I have been a leader in building a strong CTE educational system across California that is based upon rigorous and relevant stands. I served on the CTE Education Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and m passion brought me to UCR Extension to teach the courses that will produce top-quality teachers.”

Dr. Irene Fujii

Specialist in Educational Leadership & Consultant
Past President, California Association for Regional Occupational Programs
Graham, Washington

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