The Teacher Education Program at UCSB offers an M.Ed. degree in conjunction with the Multiple Subject Teaching (MST), Single Subject Teaching (SST) and Educational Specialist Credentials. The M.Ed. work is embedded in the credential program. A pre-requisite for the M.Ed. degree is the successful completion of the state and institutional requirements for the credentials.
Teacher Education Program credential 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. While it is attractive to complete the M.Ed. degree with the credential, there are advantages to postponing. By postponing, the M.Ed. work can carry over from the student teaching experiences into one’s own classroom.
During the credential program, M.Ed. candidates are enrolled in a seminar course where they learn to design a classroom-based research project, collect and analyze data, and compose the theoretical framework for their work. In addition to the seminar, they work in small groups under the guidance of a Teacher Educator. After having met the criteria specific to the M.Ed. project, they then schedule a formal presentation of their work, inviting university and school-based educators, as well as community members and senate faculty.