Application Prerequisites

Pre-Professional Experience

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, we are waiving the Pre-Professional Requirement for attendance year 2021-22 applicants.

We still encourage applicants to get K-12 classroom experience, if possible. If you are interested in volunteering remotely for the Santa Barbara School District, please email Katie Blackwell at

If you are considering applying for attendance year 2022-23 or beyond, please note that a minimum of forty total hours will be required. Twenty hours will be due by the application deadline, with the remaining twenty hours due by July 1st of your attendance year.

Please view our Application Handbook for more information.

Basic Skills Requirement

Provide proof of a scheduled CBEST or provide proof of completion of one of the four other CTC approved options by February 1, 2021.

Please view our Application Handbook for more information.

Subject Matter Requirement

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the Subject Matter Requirement will no longer be an application prerequisite.

Please note that proof of scheduled CSETs for your subject or completion an undergraduate subject matter waiver program must be provided by July 1, 2021. Please contact the TEP Office ( if you run into scheduling conflicts.

Please view our Application Handbook for more information and a listing of which tests to take.

Testing Resources
For testing resources recommended by our teacher candidates, check out our Testing Preparation Resources