Jane Huson, alumna of UC Santa Barbara’s Teacher Education Program, has been chosen a 2017-18 Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Teacher of Promise. This annual honor goes to first- or second-year instructors who go above and beyond while demonstrating professional curiosity and an unbridled enthusiasm for teaching. Huson teaches in the Social Sciences Department, in particular AP U.S. History, at Irvine’s University High School.
Huson earned her single subject credential and M.Ed. from the Teacher Education Program in 2016, when she also won the inaugural Cynthia Frederick Brinkmann Fellowship for a student pursuing a teaching credential who showed particular academic promise. Before working at University High School, she taught American studies in Italy, then AP U.S. History at Santa Barbara’s San Marcos High School.
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.