Erica Cano, Cari Hekhuis, Evelín Servín, Courtney Vaccaro, and Lydia Valdez from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School are recipients of the 2017 Gevirtz Fellowship for Teacher Education Program. Cano, Hekhuis and Servín received their multiple subject teaching credential; Vaccaro received her single subject teaching credential in science; Valdez received her single subject teaching credential in English. Gevirtz Fellowships are awarded from an endowed fund dedicated to supporting GGSE programs, activities, and students that show promise for impacting public education.
The Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara offers the Multiple- Subject, the Single-Subject, and the Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Teaching Credentials with a Master’s Degree in Education. These programs provide future teachers with a solid theoretical foundation integrated with extensive fieldwork that leads to both a California State Teaching Credential and a Master’s Degree in Education. The programs are run as a cohort, with the elementary and secondary cohorts no larger than 50 students each. This allows for the individualized attention necessary for high-level preparation of reflective, skilled practitioners who can meet the needs of a diversity of learners in California schools. The Teaching Credential Programs are full-time, post-graduate programs that begin in June and conclude the following June. Teacher candidates have the option to work on the Master’s Degree concurrent with credential coursework. It is one of the highest quality programs in the nation, with state-of-the art practice grounded in partner schools, a focus on teaching to reach all learners, and teacher educators with established records of success.