Credential Applicants

Requirements: UCSB requires applicants to complete a minimum of 45 pre-professional hours in a K-12 classroom during the regular school day. Pre-professional hours can be earned through volunteering in a K-12 classroom (under the supervision of a credentialed teacher), substitute teaching in a K-12 classroom, or working as a K-12 instructional aide. The hours must be completed during the regular school day (after-school programs do not count). For approval on other teaching experience, please contact Katie Blackwell at

Recommendations: We recommend that MST (multiple subject) applicants complete half of their hours in a lower grade (K-3rd) classroom and half of their hours in an upper grade (4th-6th) classroom. We recommend that SST (single subject) applicants complete half of their hours at the junior high/middle school level and half of their hours at the high school level, in the subject they’re interested in teaching. However, all K-12 hours will count for your application (even if they are completed in a subject or grade-level that is different than the one you are applying for).

Deadline: Applicants must submit documentation of at least 15 pre-professional hours prior to their application deadline, and the remaining 30 hours are due by July 1st. See below for how to document and submit your hours.

Pre-professional work does not have to be completed in Santa Barbara. Applicants who would like to volunteer in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area should contact Katie Blackwell for placement. Applicants who would like to volunteer in another location should contact their local district about the volunteer process.

Please email your documentation as a pdf attachment to Katie Blackwell at Include your full name and the program you're applying to (MST, ESC mild/moderate, ESC moderate/severe, or SST & subject) in your email. The following forms of pre-professional documentation will be accepted (use a free app such as Tiny Scanner to convert a handwritten document into a pdf):
  • Fieldwork Verification form signed by your supervisor
  • a signed letter from your supervisor that includes your number of hours and a brief descripion of what you did. The letter must include the name and address of the school, as well as your supervisor's name and contact information. 
  • a transcript and syllabus (if the hours were completed through a college course)
  • a timesheet (if you earned the hours by working as a substitute teacher or instructional aide)