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), the single subject (secondary) teaching credential (SST), and the education specialist (special education) teaching credential (ESC). The single subject teaching credential is offered in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and World Languages. The Education Specialist credential is offered in Mild/Moderate or Extensive Support Needs. 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 or special education.

Students who wish to apply to the Teacher Education Program should contact (805) 893-2084 or email tepapp@education.ucsb.edu at least one year prior to when they wish to apply.

The program credentials one cohort of students per year, with all students beginning in June and completing the program the following June. The program consists of a four-quarter (summer, fall through spring quarters) 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 in public school classrooms.

Please check our website to see the most accurate faculty list for each quarter.