Whether you're already a teacher or want a career in education, UC Berkeley Extension has the program to 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 enabling you to teach English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) or to become a college admissions adviser. Study the theoretical knowledge and practical approaches to teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. 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. Most courses are held in Berkeley, San Francisco, Belmont and online.

Find courses in the following areas:

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.

Teaching Credentials

Designated Subjects Adult Education
A credential is a license that allows you to teach in California public schools. The Designated Subjects Adult Education teaching credential authorizes you to teach academic and/or vocational subjects primarily for adults. If your goal is to teach English as a second language, Citizenship, General Education Development (GED) preparation or vocational subjects to adults, then this program is right for you. Learn more.

Designated Subjects Career Technical Education
A credential is a license that allows you to teach in California public schools. The Designated Subjects Career Technical Education teaching credential authorizes you to teach your occupation to adults, as well as to students in grades 12 and below. If your goal is to maximize your previous work experience to start a new career in teaching, then this program is right for you. Learn more.

Bring Extension on Your Summer Vacation

It's never too early to start planning for your summer vacation, and why not bring your teaching English as a second language skills with you? Take a course this spring and apply it to a teaching experience in Italy, China, Germany—or anywhere else on the globe! Don’t forget to pack your passport—and your lesson plans! Enroll in a course today to become more effective as a teacher tomorrow. Start today!

"To think that I can do my passions, teaching and travel, and make money—okay! And love it? Good!"
—Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Second Language graduate Dennis Crawford

Contact the Education Department

extension-education@berkeley.edu | (510) 642-1171

Ramu Nagappan 
Ramu Nagappan
Director
Humanities and Education

 

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

 

Nancy Ryoo
Nancy Ryoo
Program Director
TESL, Teaching Chinese as a Heritage/Foreign Language, Technology in Education and Teaching Math