The Pre-Professional Education Program provides field experience opportunities for graduates and undergraduates interested in entering the teaching profession. Pre-professionals volunteer in local K-12 classrooms under the supervision of credentialed teachers.
There are many ways to participate in the Pre-Professional Education Program. UCSB students can earn pre-professional hours in conjunction with a course (such as ED 121, ED 122, or an SMI / Cal Teach course), or they can simply volunteer to gain experience. Non-UCSB students who are interested in gaining classroom experience can also request a classroom placement. Please see our Pre-Professionals page for more information.
UCSB credential applicants must have at least 60 pre-professional hours on file before starting the TEP program. These hours can include volunteering at any K-12 school, substitute teaching, or working as an instructional aide (in Santa Barbara or elsewhere). Applicants can participate in UCSB’s Pre-Professional Education Program if they choose, or they can complete their hours on their own. Please see our Credential Applicants page for more information.
If you would like more information about the Pre-Professional Education Program, or if you would like to be placed in a classroom, please attend one of our information meetings.