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"I got the tools and the support to have the confidence to do it at Berkeley—it's awesome."
Read more from Kim Jones.

Whether you're already a teacher or want a career in education, UC Berkeley Extension can prepare you for your next step. Fulfill requirements for a California teaching credential in adult education or career technical education. Take a class for professional growth, or complete a certificate in order to teach English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) or to become a college admissions adviser. Enhance your teaching skills with courses on successful reading techniques, inclusion of students with special needs, strategies for teaching health concepts, integrating technology into the classroom and other essential topics. Courses are held in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.


Kim Jones,
Designed Subjects Adult Education
Teaching Credential

Professional certificates and specialized programs of study

Professional certificates are the highest level of academic achievement from UC Berkeley Extension. Specialized programs of study provide focused subject concentrations to develop skills within specific disciplines. Learn more.

Graduate Nora Mitchell Reflects on TESL Practicum Course

We recently caught up with Nora Mitchell to find out about life after completing the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate and the conversation naturally turned to the TESL practicum in course design. Embedded in the practicum course are exercises in teaching techniques, classroom management and assessment from an experienced mentor teacher. According to Mitchell, the practicum had a big impact on her teaching career.

Read the third installment in our series to find out how the practical skills and mentorship experience through UC Berkeley Extension's program influenced Mitchell's career.

I Want to Teach, But Where Do I Start?

Navigating how to become an educator—in the United States or abroad—and what skills and possible credentialing needed is not an easy path to navigate. UC Berkeley Extension offers myriad certificates and teaching credential programs to make sure that you're ready to succeed as an educator. But which program best fits your career goals? Choose your own education adventure with our new navigation tool. As you progress to your final destination, click on the certificate or teaching credential to get started!

Teaching Credentials

Designated Subjects Career Technical Education
A credential is a license that authorizes you to teach your occupation to adults, as well as to K–12 students in California public schools. Learn more.

Designated Subjects Adult Education
A credential is a license that authorizes you to teach academic and/or vocational subjects primarily for adults in California public schools.  Learn more.

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Ramu Nagappan 
Ramu Nagappan
Humanities and Education


Nithya Raghunathan
Nithya Raghunathan
Program Director
Clear Credentials, Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials, CLAD Through CTEL, and College Admissions and Career Planning


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Nancy Ryoo
Program Director
Khai Nguyen
Program Director
Student Affairs