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Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Undergraduate Program

The UCSB Teacher Education Program is not an undergraduate program and does not offer undergraduate classes. However, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers two undergraduate minors relevant to pursuing a teaching credential: 1) a Minor in Education and 2) a Minor in Science and Mathematics Education.

The Minor in Education allows you to take the widest variety of courses that consider the needs of the learner from multiple perspectives. You can explore topics related to applied psychology, special education, after school programs, child development, teacher education, health education, and educational leadership. The practicum courses will give you hands-on experience in classrooms, after-school programs, and research projects. Through classroom and fieldwork experiences, you can start to consider a variety of careers in teaching, psychology, and educational research.

The Minor in Science and Mathematics Education is for science, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates interested in learning and teaching others about mathematics and science. There are two tracks in this minor:

  1. Elementary (Grades K-8) Track: This track is for undergraduates who are considering pursuing elementary teaching as a career.
  2. Secondary (Grades 7-12) Track: This track is for STEM undergraduates who are considering pursuing secondary mathematics or science teaching as a career.

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