CDCR Education Careers
Frequently Asked Questions

What type of credential is required?

Applicants must posses a valid California Teaching Credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) from one of the following:

  • A Single Subject Credential
  • A Multiple Subject Credential
  • A Standard Secondary Credential with a major or minor in an academic subject area
  • A General Elementary Credential
  • A General Secondary Credential

What is the school schedule?

The adult and youth school year is a 220-day school year. The work hours vary depending on the location.

How safe is the school environment?

CDCR’s correctional institutions/facilities are a safe place to work.  There are officers assigned to the classroom areas and they monitor the classrooms by roaming the halls to ensure your safety.  You will be assigned a personal alarm that you will utilize, if needed, and you will have immediate assistance from the custody staff. View the Safety Information Flyer

Is an officer present in the classroom?

An officer is not present in the classroom.  However, there are officers assigned to the area and monitor the classrooms by roaming the halls to ensure your safety.  Also, you will be assigned a personal alarm that you will utilize, if needed, and you will receive immediate assistance from the custody staff.

What is the class size ratio?

The classroom size varies based on the location. Most youth facilities have 15 or less students and the adult institutions may have up to 27 students.

What is the current salary offered?

$4,196.50 - $8,578.17 per month
*Salary varies based on the county location of the high school.

If employed at a certain location, are transfers to a different location allowed?

Yes, you can transfer between locations. However, you must posses the appropriate credential required for the positions at the location you are interested in transferring to.  If transferring from an adult institution to another adult institution or from a youth facility to another youth facility, the credential requirement should be the same.  If transferring between an adult institution and a youth facility, a different type of credential may be required.

What happens to my STRS retirement benefit if I am employed with CDCR?

When you come to work for CDCR, you retain your STRS retirement.

Are there full-time and part-time positions available?

Yes, there are both full-time and part-time positions.  However, the are very few part-time positions available.  You will need to contact the location of interest for additional information on these opportunities.

Does CDCR offer a Student Teacher/Internship Program?

The Department does not have an internship program at this time.  CDCR is exploring the possibility of utilizing an internship program.

Does CDCR have a Loan Repayment Program?

No, CDCR does not have a Loan Repayment Program for education related positions at this time.