California- State Information

MEA President: Armalyn De La O
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Russ Sperling
ALF Member Email:


2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/4/2021
Adjourns: 09/11/2021*

Meeting virtually and in-person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 6/5/2021
Budget Deadline None listed
Introduction Deadlines 2/27/2021
Governor Gavin Newsom (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House- CHAIR: Asm. Patrick O’Donnell (D)
VICE CHAIR: Asm. Kevin P. Kiley (R)

Senate- CHAIR: Sen. Connie M. Leyva (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Scott Thomas Wilk (R)

Partisan Split House- D      Senate- D
House Clerk Contact 916-319-2856
Senate Secretary Contact 916-651-4171
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Patricia McLeod
California Department of Education
Title IV Director Sheng Her, 916-324-4533,
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Allocations appear to go out in 3 section installments. See Title IV allocations for deadlines

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

CA Music K-12, including preschool and classes organized primarily for adults Single Subject Preliminary/Level I (5-year)
Single Subject Clear/Level II (5-year)
One of the following: Cali Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Writing Skills, California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP), or CSU placement examinations California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Music None edTPA, CalTPA, or Fresno Assessment of Student Teachers (FAST) Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; CSET content exam; Reading instruction course; Developing English Language Skills; U.S. Constitution course or exam; Computer technology course $100 initial application $100 renewal fee
$50 certificate of clearance
Fingerprinting varies
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School Based Programs

California Department of Public Health Schools Guidance FAQs

  • Updated on October 14, 2020 to clarify that outdoor singing and band practice are permitted provided that precautions such as physical distancing and mask wearing are implemented to the maximum extent possible.

CMEA Distance Learning Resources For Music Educators

High Quality Arts Education During a COVID-19 Impacted School year

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2018-2019 school year.

CA: $100,000 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Madera USD to buy instruments for a mariachi program, as well as instruments for each elementary school.

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

CA: Title IV-A funds were utilized in New Haven Unified School District to purchase the following music education equipment: Instruments, stands, sheet music, risers, smart boards, speakers, headphones, voice recorders, mixers, stage boxes, mics, boom stand and sound systems. The school district also utilized funds for instrument repair.