Credential Applicants

Requirements: Pre-professional experience is a requirement before entering the teaching credential program at UCSB and many other universities. UCSB requires a minimum of 45 pre-professional hours and recommends 60-80 hours. Pre-professional hours can be earned through volunteering in a K-12 classroom (under the supervision of a credentialed teacher), substitute teaching, or working as an instructional aide. The hours must be completed during the regular school day (after-school programs do not count). For approval on other teaching experience, please contact Katie Blackwell at

Recommendations: We recommend that MST (multiple subject) applicants complete half of their hours in a lower grade (K-3rd) classroom and half of their hours in an upper grade (4th-6th) classroom. We recommend that SST (single subject) applicants complete half of their hours at the junior high/middle school level and half of their hours at the high school level, in the subject they’re interested in teaching. However, all K-12 hours will count for your application (even if they are completed in a subject or level that is different than the one you are applying for).

Deadline: Applicants must submit documentation of at least 15 pre-professional hours prior to their application deadline, and the remaining 30 hours are due by June 1st. See below for how to document and submit your hours.

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. 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.

The following forms of pre-professional documentation will be accepted:
(please keep copies of everything for your own records)
  • Fieldwork Verification form
  • a signed letter from your supervisor that includes your number of hours
  • a transcript and syllabus (if the hours were completed through a college course)
  • a timesheet (if you earned the hours by working as a substitute teacher or instructional aide)
Submit hard (paper) copies of all pre-professional documentation -  along with a Pre-Professional Hours Cover Sheet - to the address below. Soft copies and emails will not be accepted.
Katie Blackwell
Teacher Education Program
ED 3230
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490