How to Become a Teacher in San Diego

San Diego Unified School District employs teachers who hold current teacher certification in California. To earn a teaching certificate, teachers must possess a bachelor’s degree, complete a teacher preparation program, and pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Certified teachers can apply for open positions through the San Diego Unified School District.

San Diego School District Requirements

San Diego Unified School District, which is the second largest school district in California, requires all prospective teachers to hold a California teaching certificate and complete the application process, which involves:

  • Creating an account on the school district’s website.
  • Filling out an application. Applicants must be prepared to provide information on educational background, criminal history (if applicable), and non-teaching work experience.
  • Interviewing for available positions.

For classroom teaching positions, San Diego Unified School District requires current California teacher certification. Substitute teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree and pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Prospective substitute teachers can apply for an emergency 30 day substitute teaching permit. The permit, which is valid for a year and must be renewed annually, allows substitutes to teach in any of the 42 schools in San Diego County. However, substitutes can only teach for a maximum of 30 days in the same classroom.

San Diego Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in San Diego, individuals must complete a bachelor’s degree program and an approved teacher preparation program. Students currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program may be eligible to complete a paying internship and earn classroom experience. To learn more about certification requirements, please visit our California teacher certification page.

Aspiring teachers who possess a bachelor’s degree but have not completed teacher preparation can earn certification through an alternate route by enrolling in a teacher preparation program and simultaneously working as a district intern. See our guide to California alternative teacher certification to learn more.

Private and Charter School Teacher Requirements in San Diego

California law requires that charter school teachers in San Diego hold a current teaching certificate or its equivalent. Private schools in San Diego have some latitude to set their own separate requirements for prospective teachers. Schools that are not part of the public school system are not required by the state to hire certified teachers, but may prefer candidates who hold California teacher certification.

Private and Charter Schools in San Diego

Private schools in San Diego include The Waldorf School of San Diego, Francis Parker School, Montessori School of San Diego, and The Child’s Primary School.

The Charter School of San Diego, San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools, and Harriet Tubman Village Charter School are among the charter schools in San Diego.

San Diego Teaching Jobs Boards

California Association of Independent Schools
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
San Diego Unified School District

Additional Resources for Teaching in San Diego

San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Education Association
California Teachers Association

1. San Diego Unified School District: https://www.sandiegounified.org/
2. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/default.html