The Teacher Education Program (TEP) is a 12-month teaching credential and master’s degree program. TEP candidates will earn a California teaching credential and have the option to concurrently earn a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) in one year. Candidates may also have the option to complete a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BLA) while pursuing their credential. 

TEP works with one cohort of teacher candidates per year, with candidates beginning in June and completing the program the following June. Our program is uniquely structured to focus on developing constructive relationships, immersing you in a full year of supported student teaching, and integrating coursework with fieldwork to put theory into practice. 


Learn more about the structure of our program by reviewing our Program Handbook

Masters of Education (M.Ed.)


Teacher candidates in any of our credential programs (ESC, MST, SST) may also pursue a Masters of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.) degree. 

The M.Ed. is only and always an addition to the teaching credential, and can only be pursued if also pursuing a California teaching credential in the TEP. Furthermore, successful completion of all state and institutional requirements for a credential is a prerequisite for granting the M.Ed. in Teaching degree. You can earn a teaching credential and develop into a great teacher without earning the M.Ed. in Teaching degree.

The M.Ed. is a professional, graduate-level degree and is integrated with our teaching credentials. Our aim for the M.Ed. is to help you become a teacher leader with a deep, responsible, creative vision of students and their learning. The M.Ed. is comprised of classroom observations and teaching, independent investigation, group conversations, and intensive peer and faculty reviews. The M.Ed. also demands a commitment to independent, scholarly work outside of fieldwork, class meetings, and assignments. We will provide guidance and support in the form of classes and mentoring, but your project is spearheaded by your initiative.

Work on the M.Ed. will be completed concurrently with your credential throughout one academic year. In some circumstances, a candidate may choose to stop work on the M.Ed, to focus on their credential work. Candidates may resume work on the M.Ed. later, as long as all degree requirements are completed within four years of admission to the TEP. 


We are happy to help with finding the right program for you! Please contact the Teacher Education Program Office at:

(805) 893-2084

Office: ED 3230, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM