The Pre-Professional Education Program provides UCSB students who are considering a career in education the opportunity to volunteer in a local K-12 classroom under the mentorship of a credentialed teacher. It gives those who are undecided about a career in education a chance to see if classroom life is really for them. For those who are committed to a career in education, it provides valuable classroom experience in preparation for entrance into a university credential program. Pre-professional experience is required for entrance into most credential programs, including UCSB's Teacher Education Program. UCSB students can earn pre-professional hours in conjunction with an ED course, or they can simply volunteer to gain experience.

Pre-Professional volunteers can track their hours using the Fieldwork Verification form, and they can submit this form for documentation when they apply to the TEP or another credential program. Pre-Professionals must adhere to the Volunteer Expectations at all times. 

If you are not currently enrolled at UCSB and you would like to gain volunteer experience, check with your local K-12 districts about their volunteer placement process. Partners in Education is a Santa Barbara organization that can connect non-UCSB students with a Santa Barbara area K-12 classroom.

If you are considering applying to the TEP for attendance year 2023-24 or beyond, you must have at least 40 pre-professional hours on file before starting the TEP program. Please see TEP Application Handbook for more information.

If you would like more information about the Pre-Professional Education Program, contact coordinator Katie Blackwell at