SCOE’s credentials office assists Sonoma County educators with credential/permit applications, facilitates credential/permit renewals, records all credentials registered in the county, and advises out-of-state applicants regarding California certification requirements.
Appointments are required for meetings with Credentials Technicians
Credentials will be closed on Monday, February 12th in observance of Lincoln Day. Credentials will also be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of President's Day.
Please ensure you have designated Sonoma County as your Last Known County of Employment via your Educator Page at www.ctc.ca.gov by completing the following steps:
- Proceed to www.ctc.ca.gov
- Click on “Credentialing Information"
- Click on "Educator Login"
- Login with your user name and password
- Click "Add or Change Personal Information"
- Verify personal information is correct and ensure you have "Sonoma County" selected as your Last Known County of Employment.
- Click "Save"
Notice to Districts: Expired Credentials
Contacting SCOE’s credentials office
The credentials office is located at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), 5340 Skylane Boulevard, Santa Rosa. The phone numbers for the credential technicians are (707) 524-2987 and 524-2794. The fax number is (707) 524-2950. Credential technicians can also be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Contacting the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is located at 1900 Capitol Avenue in Sacramento and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, excluding holidays. The mailing address is 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811-4213. Credential questions may also be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Neither appointments nor walk-in service are available.
Getting credential applications and forms
Applications and forms are available online from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, www.ctc.ca.gov. Neither appointments nor walk-in service are available.
Renewing my credential or substitute permit online
The credential holder is solely responsible for renewing on time and for completing requirements for renewal. As a courtesy, the Commission will send an email reminder 90 days prior to the expiration of a document that is renewable online. Educators who do not have a current email address on file or whose renewal must be submitted by mail will not receive this reminder. Individuals who do not receive this reminder email are not exempt from the personal responsibility of renewing their document on time.
Clear Credentials, Professional Clear Credentials, and Substitute Permits must be renewed online. If you are renewing a document other than those mentioned, please read the face of your document carefully. If you need assistance understanding the requirements, contact SCOE’s credentials office at (707) 524-2987 or 524-2794.
To access the online renewal service, go to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website, www.ctc.ca.gov, then...
- Select the dark blue button for Online Services for Educators.
- Select the dark blue button for Educator Login.
- Enter your social security number and date of birth, then follow the instructions provided.
- Please note, online renewal is not available for all credentials.
- Payment for online renewals must be made by Visa or Mastercard.
- The fee is $102.50.
When you renew your credential online, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation from the CTC. It is recommended that you keep a copy of this email.
Do I need to register my credential at SCOE?
You only need to register your credential at SCOE if you are new to the county.
How do I register my credential?
If you are new to the county, you should register your credential at SCOE. To complete the registration process, obtain a copy of your credential document from the CTC website and submit it to SCOE with your social security number, date of birth, address, and phone number. This information may be submitted by mail or in person.
Information about the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is available online at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing also provides an informational memo (pdf) about CBEST.
Teacher Preparation & Credentialing Programs
The Be A Teacher Intern Program is an alternate pathway to earning a Preliminary Teaching Credential that runs out of the North Coast School of Education, located at SCOE. In our two-year state accredited intern program, interns are employed as teachers during the day and attend credential classes approximately two days a week on evenings or weekends while receiving ongoing coaching from an on-site mentor, course instructors, and practicum supervisors.
Becoming a teacher in California
Supported by the California Department of Education, the TEACH California website provides information about the teacher credentialing process, teacher preparation programs, financial aid, and teaching jobs. In order to give visitors a sense of teachers’ lives, video interviews of teachers who work in different settings and samples of lesson plans are included on this website.
University-based teacher preparation programs
In the North Coast region, four universities offer teacher preparation and credentialing programs:
Online certification programs
California State University offers the option of obtaining a teaching credential without attending regular university classes. The program, CalStateTEACH, combines 12-18 months of self-study, online support, and personal coaching to integrate the theory and practice of teaching with daily classroom experiences. It prepares candidates to obtain a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. More information about the program is available by visiting CalStateTEACH online or calling (831) 582-4624.
Affordable Colleges Online offers a listing of online colleges and universities, including a list of Best Online Teaching Degree Programs. They also provide a guide to online education and teaching degrees and an interview with program graduate.