Designated Subjects Career Technical Education and Special Subjects - Track A

Credential in Designated Subjects Career Technical Education and Special Subjects - Track A

Credential in Designated Subjects Career Technical Education and Special Subjects - Track A

Hybrid Program


24 months


UCR Extension

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Take your specialized knowledge from the office to the classroom and pass down your expertise to students who want to begin a vocational, technical, trade or military career. Designed to develop the necessary teaching skills to effectively prepare students for the workforce, the DS CTE or Special Subjects credential provides the tools you need to start a career in teaching. Learn effective instruction planning for a diverse student group and acquire classroom management strategies to maintain a thriving learning environment.

Designed For

Individuals with no teaching credential or those with a Preliminary Multiple or Single subject credential who have a verified employment offer to teach in a DS Career Technical Education (CTE) or Special Subjects classroom.

Industry sectors available for DS CTE credentials:

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

DS Special Subject credentials available:

Aviation Flight Instruction Basic Military Drill
Aviation Ground Instruction 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 is 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 K-12 public schools.

Program Overview


19 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“The UCR Extension Program offered the flexibility I needed to focus on my career while still completing my credentialing requirements. Thank you, UCR, for providing alternative programs for educators and working professionals.”

Lawrence Wynder

SCALE Leadership Academy Charter Schools, Executive Director
Azusa Pacific University, University Mentor

Earning the Certificate

This is an unconventional credential in that you must secure a job prior to earning the credential. Thus, candidates for this credential must currently hold a teaching position in the K-12 or adult public school system or have a verified offer of employment as a classroom teacher that requires the DS credential.

To get started, enroll in the first course, EDUC X427 Orientation for Designated Subjects Credential Program.

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

CTE Requirements:

  • A teaching job or offer of employment that requires the DS Credential.
  • Three years of verified work experience* in the industry sector you would like to teach.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.

*Work experience must be verified on company letterhead and must be signed and dated by the company Human Resources department or the appropriate hiring department. View a sample letter. The CTE credential is based on industry work experience; this must be actual work experience, not teaching the subject. For example, if you are hired to teach a course on how to become an electrician, you are required to verify that you have at least three years of experience working as an electrician.

Special Subjects Requirements:

  • A teaching job or offer of employment that requires the DS Credential.
  • Four years of verified experience as specified below
  • Military experience must be recent. At least one year of the experience must be within the three-year period immediately preceding the issuance of the credential.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of a U.S. Constitution course or exam.
  • Copy of Discharge Form (DD Form 214) or retirement certification, if applicable.

Detailed Admission and Completion Requirements.

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.


Orientation for Designated Subjects Credentials Program


Quarter 1

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 unit

U.S. Constitution Examination


Quarter 8

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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