Q: Why UCSB? Why should I attend this program?
Q: I'm not sure which teaching credential I want. Who can I talk to?
A: Please feel free to contact the TEP Office and we will connect you with who we feel is best for you to talk with. Choosing a teaching career is an important decision. We want to help you as much as we can.
Q: Can I get my Masters along with a Credential through Teacher Education Program?
A: Yes. An optional Master's Degree is offered concurrently with the credential. During the credential program, M.Ed. candidates are enrolled in a seminar course throughout the year where they learn to design a classroom-based research project, collect and analyze data, and compose the theoretical framework for their work. M.Ed. candidates will give a formal presentation of their M.Ed. project to a panel of university and school-based educators, as well as community members and senate faculty. Teacher Candidates can opt to complete the M.Ed. degree the summer following the end of the credential program or they can do so within three years of graduating.
Q: How long does it take to complete the UCSB Teacher Education Program?
A: Our program is a 13-month, full-time program that begins in summer and ends the following June (if you are only obtaining a credential) or July (if you are also pursuing the M.Ed.).
Q: What will a typical week in the Teacher Education Program look like?
A: The summer is different than the school year, but as soon as the first day of K-12 school begins, you will be in your student teaching classrooms in the morning and at UCSB in the afternoons. We follow the K-12 calendar rather than the UCSB calendar. During fall quarter you spend 3-4 mornings in the classrooms and take classes at UCSB in the afternoons/evenings. For approximately 3 nights a week, classes run until 7 PM and until 2-3 PM the other two days. In winter and spring, the time in spent in classrooms increases and the time spent in courses at UCSB decreases.
Q: Will I be able to work outside the program?
A: Because our program is a 13-month, full-time, intensive program, there is little opportunity for students to work during this year. Sometimes, flexible, short term positions (over holidays or during the weekend) are feasible for some students. However, our alumni do not recommend it.
Q: Will I need a laptop or tablet?
A: Ideally, yes. And ideally, a Mac. We utilize technology in our teaching, and our smart classrooms and placement schools are Mac based. This will allow you to take your work into your K-12 classrooms, your home, etc. The least expensive Macbook or iPad will do.
Q: Will I need a car?
A: We strongly & highly recommend a car. As a TEP student you will commute to your school sites and to campus daily. You will have other TEP students at your school site and we always encourage carpooling.
Q: What is the Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement for admission?
A: A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission.
Q: Can I apply to TEP if my GPA is below a 3.0?
A: Yes, however there are additional steps GAC applicants must complete to be granted admission. As a GAC applicant, you are required to upload a GPA Supporting Statement to the E-App. The GPA Supporting Statement should explain the reasons for your listed GPA (i.e., any outside circumstances or events that were a factor during your undergraduate period) and should support your application by explaining thoroughly why you believe you are a strong TEP applicant. You should have very strong letters of recommendation, and taken & passed all required tests (GRE or MAT, CSET, and CBEST) by the time you submit your completed application. Because your application must be additionally routed to the Graduate Admissions Committee for further review, you should expect a longer waiting time to receive an admission decision.
Q: What courses and exams are required for admissions to TEP?
A: The state requires a test of basic skills (CBEST) and subject matter knowledge (CSET in the subject area you will be teaching). The university requires the GRE or MAT. Please see the How to Prepare for the Program page for more information.
Q: How much does TEP cost?
A: Please visit the Financial Support webpage to get an estimate of the cost for the program for California residents. Costs may vary depending on the spending patterns per individual. For the Teacher Education Program, there are additional test fees as listed in the Application Handbooks.
Q: What financial support is available?
A: There are many financial aid loans, grants, and private fellowships available for students in the Teacher Education Program. Please take a look at the Financial Support webpage.
Q: After completion of the program, what is the likelihood of getting a job?
A: Our graduates are highly sought after. We have school districts calling often to recruit each spring, and some visit us to meet with our Teacher Candidates. Likewise, alumni forward to us various openings at their school sites located throughout California. Students wishing to work in declining enrollment areas (such as Santa Barbara) will have a more difficult time securing a position, as these districts often do not make final decisions until August (and sometimes even after school has begun!). When you graduate, you will join an alumni of successful teachers, well prepared for their first year, and who give UCSB's TEP the reputation of excellence it enjoys.