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Designated Subjects Teaching Credential

Supported by various grant funding sources, Richard Nicholson is available to assist community members who are interested in obtaining their Designated Subjects Teaching Credential. Outlined below are a few of their success stories. If you think you may be a candidate for a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential, feel free to contact Richard for assistance via email:

Obtaining a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential

(California) Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), credentialing information 

CTC Teaching Credentials Requirements

What is CTE? How much can I make with a certificate?

Other Helpful links

El Camino Career & Technical Education programs

The 15 California Industry Sectors and their Career Pathways


Here are a few of Richard's success stories:

  1. Chase was attending a community college program in the area of woodworking when he heard the presentation regarding the Designated Subjects teaching credential. He was working as a cabinetmaker and happy with his position. At the suggestion of our Teacher Pipeline program, he toured and visited different high school woodworking programs. 

    Chase attended workshops for woodworking teachers, but was not confident he could be a teacher. Then he got married. At this point he decided  he wanted to move into a better occupation and be a woodworking teacher at the high school level, so applied for the Designated Subjects teaching credential, and was subsequently issued the credential.

    Teacher Pipeline staff was contacted about a teaching position opening, so we visited with Chase, and he applied for the woodworking job at Diamond Bar high school. After counseling and assistance regarding interview and resume development, Chase is now teaching woodworking. As a new teacher, he is networked with others to be successful. 
  2. Approximately 3 years ago, Georgie attended a workshop held at El Camino College on how to obtain a teaching credential. She wanted to teach computers to elementary school students, so we talked about the path to a Multiple Subjects/elementary teaching credential, and also a Career Technical Education Designated Subjects credential for teaching high school or adult education.

    In early 2014, she reconnected with the Teacher Pipeline program regarding teaching high school information technology (computers). Consultation regarding the teaching credential and her qualifications were discussed. She applied for the teaching credential and was successful. Georgie was very excited about the new opportunity to teach and share her career with others. She is contactng school districts for possible teaching positions, and really appreciates the assistance of our program.
  3. Doug has been part of a disability career counseling program, and has been unemployed for approximately 5 years due to a physical disability. He found out about the Teacher Pipeline program and attended a Designated Subjects teaching credential workshop.

    After additional consultation and evaluation of his work experience, he decided to explore the area of teaching drafting to high school students. As part of our program, he was encouraged to be part of a group of future teachers to tour other industrial technology programs, and decided that teaching would be a good alternative for him, especially with his physical disability.

    With Richard's assistance, he applied for the credential and was successful. He is now attending teacher networking opportunities and workshops, and watching for openings in the area of teaching Drafting and Engineering at a local high school. Doug is very enthused about the possibility of being a high school teacher. He has a much higher self image, and his disability counselor is very happy to see him moving to the role of being employed.
  4. A drafting teacher at Cleveland High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District contacted our office about his pending retirement. He had a past student, Boris, who he wanted to assist in getting a teaching credential so that he might take his place as teacher (he had been an outstanding student at Cleveland High).

    Consultation was provided and Boris was encouraged to apply for a teaching credential. He applied, received the credential, and started the interviewing process for a drafting teacher position. There was a one-year delay in replacing the retiring drafting teacher but Boris kept in contact with the school. As the school was reorganizing their industrial technology department they contacted Boris and he interviewed for the teaching position. He was given the Drafting teacher position and his retiring teacher and friend assisted him in setting up the program. Boris is now involved in the leadership training of his students through SKILLS-USA, and developing into a leader in the field of Career Technical Education.