How to Participate

Pre-Professionals

The Pre-Professional Education Program places graduates and undergraduates in local K-12 classrooms for volunteer experience. Pre-professionals do not have to attend UCSB to be placed. Undergraduates must have sophomore, junior, or senior status. Please contact Katie Blackwell or attend one of our information meetings if you would like to be placed in a local classroom.

If you are thinking about applying to a credential program in the future, please visit our credential applicants page to learn about specific pre-professional recommendations for credential applicants.

Pre-Professional Forms

Submit these forms after each classroom experience (please keep copies for your own records):

    Fieldwork Verification
    Auxiliary Activity
    Self Assessment

Other Helpful Information:

    Program Expectations
    Participant Responsibilities (pre-professionals, site coordinators, and supervising teachers)
    Introductory Letter to Give to Your Supervising Teacher (Optional)

UCSB students have the option of taking ED 121 or 122 in conjunction with their pre-professional work:

ED 121: Introduction to K-12 Teaching (3 units)

Provides students the opportunity to explore the teaching profession and consider themselves in the role of the teacher. Students gain firsthand experience in a local K-12 classroom, examine the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, and practice lesson planning and other fundamental aspects of the teaching profession. Classroom time counts towards the pre-professional requirement for UCSB's and other teacher education programs. No prior experience or instructor approval required. After registration, students will be contacted by the instructor for K-12 classroom placement instructions.

ED 122: Pre-professional Work in the K-12 Classroom (2 units)

Students are placed in a local K-12 classroom to participate in and observe firsthand the fundamental aspects of teaching and learning. Through independent coursework, students reflect upon their classroom experiences within the framework of the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Classroom time counts towards the pre-professional requirement for UCSB's and other teacher education programs. No prior experience or instructor approval required. After registration, students will be contacted by the instructor for K-12 classroom placement instructions. Course may be repeated for a maximum of four credits.