Pre-professional experience is a requirement before entering the teaching credential program at UCSB and many other universities. UCSB requires 60 pre-professional hours and recommends 80-100 hours. Pre-professional hours can be earned through volunteering in a K-12 classroom, substitute teaching, or working as an instructional aide. Pre-professional work does not have to be completed in Santa Barbara. Applicants can participate in UCSB’s Pre-Professional Education Program if they choose, or they can complete their hours on their own.
All applicants who volunteer should complete their hours during the school day under the supervision of a credentialed K-12 teacher. We recommend that MST (multiple subject) applicants complete 30 hours in a lower grade (K-3rd) classroom and 30 hours in an upper grade (4th-6th) classroom. We recommend that SST (single subject) applicants complete 30 hours at the junior high/middle school level and 30 hours at the high school level in the subject they’re interested in teaching. Applicants who need pre-professional hours and would like to volunteer through the UCSB Pre-Professional Education Program should contact Katie Blackwell or attend an information and placement meeting.
Applicants must submit at least 60 pre-professional hours before they start the program (due by June). Applicants are encouraged to have at least 20-30 hours on file at least two weeks prior to their interview.
Applicants may document pre-professional hours in the following ways:
(please keep copies of everything for your own records)
Submit all pre-professional documentation to the address below. Please include a post-it stating that you are a TEP applicant, and to which program you are applying (MST, SST, or ESC).
Teacher Education Program
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490