Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Our elementary education program provides you with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes you to provide instruction in self-contained classrooms in elementary schools (grades K-6) and instructional services to provide English language skills and academic content to English learners in California.

Community

  • A single cohort of 30-40 passionate teacher candidates per year
  • An intimate learning community of 4-8 teacher candidates, placed at one school site, learn and grow together across the year, sharing triumphs and struggles
  • A core group of 15 experienced teacher educators who will know, guide, and support you throughout your year
  • A dedicated network of local teachers and schools eager to support your growth as a teacher and a leader

Placements

In your student teaching placements, you will be on local school campuses from the first day of school until the last. Our elementary education program has two placements throughout the year, and the Teacher Education Program secures placements for you through our strong partnerships with local schools. You will be mentored and supported by a university supervisor and a cooperating teacher, many of whom are graduates of our program. Our program is unique in having the option to be placed in an English-Spanish dual-language immersion school setting. These placements are based on your interest and linguistic fluency.

Placement 1
Your first placement takes place during the K-12 fall semester (August-January). You will be placed in either a lower grade (K-3) or an upper grade (4-6). Here is what a typical week looks like:

Monday Tuesday Wenesday Thursday Friday
Morning: K-12 schools All day: K-12 schools Morning: K-12 schools Morning: K-12 schools  All day: UCSB
Afternoon/Evening: UCSB   Afternoon/Evening: UCSB Afternoon/Evening: UCSB  

 

 

 

 

 

Placement 2
Your second placement occurs over the K-12 spring semester (February-June). You will be placed with the opposite grade level from your first placement, but typically will remain at the same school site. During the last nine weeks, you will be at your school site five days a week for the full school day. Here is what a typical week looks like when you are at the school site all day:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
All day:
K-12 schools
All day:
K-12 schools
All day:
K-12 schools
All day:
K-12 schools
All day:
K-12 schools
  Evening: UCSB Evening: UCSB Evening: UCSB