UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Teacher Education Program (TEP)


The Graduate School of Education offers programs leading to the recommendation for the multiple subject (elementary) teaching credential (MST) and the single subject (secondary) teaching credential (SST). The Graduate School of Education also offers the Education Specialist: in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe that permits teachers to work with students with disabilities. The single subject teaching credential is offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Spanish, and French. All three credentials are offered in conjunction with an optional master of education with an emphasis in teaching.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires a bachelor’s degree in an academic subject from a regionally accredited institution. UCSB offers a large number of undergraduate majors that are appropriate preparation for teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels.

Students who wish to apply to the Teacher Education Program should contact (805) 893-2084 at least one year prior to when they wish to apply.

The professional preparation occurs during a post-baccalaureate year with teaching credential programs beginning only in summer. The program consists of a five-quarter (summer, fall through spring quarters, summer) progressive sequence of courses integrated with field experience in local schools. In addition to meeting the usual University standards of scholarship, candidates must clearly demonstrate their teaching aptitude and leadership abilities.

As many of the Teacher Education Program faculty are also working in the field, please check our website to see the most accurate faculty list for each quarter.