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California Community College Teacher Preparation
In California, the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges adopts a list of minimum qualifications by discipline for instructors based on a recommendation from the statewide Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges. The most current document can be found at the statewide Academic Senate Web site (PDF).
The system of minimum qualifications replaced a credentialing system that was in place until 1990. No credential is now necessary to teach at a California community college; however, those holding a lifetime credential may continue to have the right to teach in the areas identified in the credential. Other states may have different requirements for community college teaching.
Disciplines Requiring a Master’s Degree in California
When A Master’s Degree Is Not Generally Expected or Available
In California, the minimum qualifications for disciplines that do not require a master’s degree, often career and technical disciplines, require a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience, or any associate degree and six years of experience.
Teaching at a four-year colleges and universities most often requires a doctorate degree. Some exceptions exist, such as requiring only a Master’s degree for lower division instruction or for non-tenure track. If you are considering teaching at this level, contact a Counselor for advice.