Elementary Education

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) is a one-year, post-baccalaureate program (2 summers and an academic year). We work with one cohort of students per year, with all students beginning in the summer and completing the program the following summer. UCSB candidates have the option to earn both a California teaching credential and a masters degree (M.Ed.) in one year. The dropdown list to the left offers more information on the other credential programs and the M.Ed. program.

Program Description:
The Multiple Subject Teaching credential program provides the knowledge and experience in University and school classrooms needed to begin a teaching career. Our accelerated 13-month full-time program is small and cohesive, with approximately 40 students. We begin in summer and conclude the following summer.  When public schools are in session, the teacher candidates’ day starts at the school site in the early morning and ends at the university in the early evening. The M.Ed. program comprises the second summer for those choosing to complete the process right away. Credential candidates have 4 years to complete the M.Ed. if they do not in their second summer. The Mulitple Subject Credential authorizes candidates to provide instruction in self-contained classrooms in elementary schools (usually grades K-12) and instructional services to provide English language skills and academic content to English learners in California.

Unique Features of our Program:

  • Partnerships with local schools provide teacher candidates with opportunities to become involved in all aspects of school life. University supervisors assigned to a school campus work closely with cooperating teachers to mentor candidates.
  • Candidates are on local school campuses from the first day of school until the last. Concurrent with university coursework, student teaching throughout the year optimizes the opportunity to apply what is being studied.
  • Strong collegial relationships enhance professional growth. Learning to teach is developmental in nature, and reflection is supported by strong professional relationships among the candidates and faculty.
  • Program Faculty bring a variety of expertise through their roles as professors of education, clinical faculty, practicing teachers, and school administrators. Faculty members have advanced degrees and/or specialized credentials and substantial experience as classroom teachers.