How to Apply

Welcome and thank you for your interest in applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UCSB. The following links provide all the necessary information to guide you through the application process. You may read the Application Handbook for more information, or browse through the below information for details on the application process and requirements. You are required to upload your application materials to the online E-App electronically. Please read through the application requirements thoroughly. We also recommend attending an Information Meeting as soon as possible.

E-App  EARLY DECISION DEADLINE: DEC. 1, 2016. FINAL DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2017.

1. Go to https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp/ and START a New Application 

2. Choose your TEP Major & Degree Objective

3. Choose your TEP Research Interests

4. Follow the instructions on the E-App to complete the Personal, Address, Demographic, Citizenship, and Financial Information sections. Email correspondence is the primary way of contacting applicants. Applicants must list an accurate email address in the E-App and check this email address on a daily basis. The best email address to provide is one without an expiration date.

5. Scan and upload an official transcript created by your university for each instruction you have attended and taken over 12 units.

6. Request at least 3 Letters of Recommendation. Letters must arrive electronically via your online E-App. You will be asked to supply the name, email address, and current institution/company of each recommender.

7. Upload your TEP-specific admission essays (Statement of Purpose, Personal Contributions/Achievements) and Resume/CV - Please see instructions below.

8. Complete & upload your Application Progress Verification Form.

9. Have your GRE (or MAT, option for the TEP only), and TOEFL or IELTS scores if international applicant, electronically transmitted by the testing service to UCSB. The UCSB institution code for the GRE is 4835. The UCSB institution code for the MAT is 1964. Department codes are not needed. In addition to sending GRE scores electronically make sure to go back into your E-App application status page and enter the ETS registration number and test date that can be found on your ETS official score sheet which only you know.

10. Have your CBEST and CSET state test scores sent to UCSB.

11. Pay and Submit: Pay the non refundable $90.00 Application Fee ($110 for International Applicants). Payment may be either by Credit Card (Visa and Master Card only), Check, or International Money Order. For Credit Card Payment, please follow the directions at the end of the electronic application.

**Your application will only be accessible to the faculty for review once it is confirmed that you have completed and/or intend to complete all the requirements on The Application Cover Letter and you have received an screening interview confirmation.

**Once an admission decision is made you will be able to view the decision on your E-App application status page.

Application Progress Form - Submit with E-App

The Application Progress Form verifies that you are aware of the requirements and deadlines to apply to the Teacher Education Program. This form is required for your application to the Teacher Education Program. Please complete the form and submit it by uploading to your E-App. 

We understand that not all requirements can be completed before the application deadline(s), which is why the form includes space for you to note if you have scheduled and/or will be completing said requirement in the future. Provided your Statement of Purpose and Application Progress Form is uploaded to your online application the TEP Office will contact you regarding interviews when the time comes. Additionally, this form will be used to verify your eligibility for a course substitution.Please ensure that you add the date you have completed the requirement(s) and/or when you have scheduled said requirement(s).

  • Please fill in N/A if requirement is not applicable.
  • Please select your first choice interview date, and note on the fill-in section your second and third choice (if applicable).
    • If you are applying for the Early Decisions Deadline, we highly recommend you select the first interview date.
    • If you cannot attend any of the scheduled Interview dates please contact the TEP Office as soon as possible so that an alternative interview date can be scheduled. 

Statement of Purpose - Submit with E-App

*Please note that the TEP prompts differ from the E-App essay prompts*

When formatting your Statement of Purpose document ensure that you have a header with the following information on the right hand side:

Last Name, First Name

Cohort – Content

Application Year

 

Example:

 

As well as a footer with the following information on the right hand side:

 

When writing your response make sure to title and number each individual question and write your response below. 

 

MST and SST Prompts

1.In 500 words or less: Write a brief autobiography as a way of introducing yourself to the TEP faculty. List talents, skills and experiences that have influenced your values and hopes for the future.

2.In 250 words or less: Answer the following “What are your greatest fears about the classroom, students or yourself?”

3.In 250 words or less: Describe what excites you about embarking into the teaching profession.

 

ESC Prompt

1. In 500 words or less: Write a brief autobiography as a way of introducing yourself to the faculty.  Describe how your personal experience or mentors have influenced your desire to become a special educator.  Describe your motivation to become a special educator.  Describe personal qualities and interest that you will bring to the profession of special education. 

 

Personal Achievements & Contributions - Submit with E-App

*Please note that the TEP prompts differ from the E-App essay prompts*

When formatting your Personal Achievements & Contributions document ensure that you have a header with the following information on the right hand side:

Last Name, First Name

Cohort – Content

Application Year

Example:

As well as a footer with the following information on the right hand side:

When writing your response make sure to title and number each individual question and write your response below. 

 

 

MST and SST Prompts Each response should be 250 words or less.

1.What are some of your hobbies and special interest? What is it about these activities that keep you interested? How might your participation in these activities influence your teaching?

2.What kinds of experiences have you had teaching or guiding children or adolescents including those with special needs or English learners? What have you learned about this group of students from your experience?

3. Financial Aid Statement: Please describe your financial obligations, loans, debts as well as any financial aid support you currently receive. The optional financial aid statement helps make department grant award decisions for applicants with financial aid need. 

 

ESC Prompt Each response should be 250 words or less.

1.Describe your experience working with elementary and/or secondary students who experience moderate/sever disabilities.

2.Describe your experience and interest in working with diverse student populations.

3.What kinds of experiences have you had teaching or guiding children or adolescents who were English Learners? What have you learned about this group of students from your experience?

4.What are some of your hobbies and special interests? What is it about these activities that keep you interested? How might your participation in these activities influence your teaching?

5. Financial Aid Statement: Please describe your financial obligations, loans, debts as well as any financial aid support you currently receive. The optional financial aid statement helps make department grant award decisions for applicants with financial aid need.  

Resume/Curriculum Vita - Submit with E-App

Include previous employment, volunteer, and pre-professional experience in one to two pages. 

Official transcript(s) - Submit with E-App

Applicants must submit an official transcript for every institution of higher education where they completed 12 or more quarter units.  Scan and upload all pages of your official transcript from each institution, including the grading scale, which is often on the backside of the transcript. 

Tips for uploading official transcripts:

  • Scan a copy of your official transcript
  • Ensure that your document is saved as a PDF and that its size does not exceed 10 MB
  • Color documents are not necessary
  • Ensure that the institution name and all other identifying marks are visible and clearly legible and that your scan can print on letter-size paper - 8 ½ by 11 in (21 ½ by 30 cm)
  • Be sure to include a copy of the transcript legend or university key for each institution (usually found on the backside of the official transcript or in the school's general catalog or website)
  • Click the "view document" button to verify whether the uploaded document is legible, if it is not legible, try again
  • If you need assistance, please note that public libraries, office supply stores (Kinko's, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.), and other services can create scanned documents for you

Foreign Transcript Evaluations

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from another country must have a Foreign Transcript Evaluation completed by a state Commission approved agency. A list of agencies approved by the state Commission is available at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf

Three (3) Letters Of Recommendation - Submit with E-App

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation is required, however you may request a maximum of four letters.  Letters must be submitted through E-App.  You will be asked to provide the name, email address, and current institution of each recommender.  Once you submit the required electronic waiver, the system will automatically email your recommender a request for a letter of recommendation.  The E-App will provide instructions to each of your recommenders via email.  Recommenders may upload letters in .pdf, .doc, or .txt file formats.

TEP recommends that the following should provide the Letters of Recommendation:

1. Academic: Previous professor that can attest to your capacity to do graduate work.

2. Pre-Professional Experience: Educator that has supervised your interactions in an academic environment. 

3. Nonacademic: Supervisor from work experience, internship or teaching experience.  

Admission Exams - Submit with E-App Via Application Progress Verification Form

  • GRE OR MAT 
    • GRE: Scores must be within five (5) years of the starting Summer quarter. GRE Scores must be sent electronically through ETS, use UCSB Institution Code 4835 and leave department code blank.
    • MAT: Scores must be sent directly from Pearson to Graduate Division.  The applicant may only submit scores if (1) The Applicant possesses an official and original score report (2) The score cannot be sent from Pearson.

       

  • CBEST [UCSB School Code 131]
    • Applicant must take and pass all sections of computer or paper-based CBEST test to demonstrate proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills.  CBEST can be waived if applicant takes and passes CSET Writing Skills Test #142.
       
  • CSET [UCSB School Code 412]
    • ESC & MST applicants are required to take and pass all three (3) subtest of the CSET Multiple Subjects exam (tests #101, 102, and 103).
    • SST applicants are required to verify subject matter competency by taking and passing all subtest of the CSET exam in the subject/content the applicant will teach.
       
  • TOEFL or IELTS (International Students Only) 
    • UCSB accepts a minimum score of 550 on paper-based exam and a minimum of 80 on the Internet based exam.
    • TOEFL scores must be within two years of quarter for which applicant is applying and must be sent electronically. 
    • TOEFL not required for international applicants awarded a bachelor’s or master’s degree by U.S. Institution.

 

NOTE: If applicant does not take & pass the Admission Exams by deadlines, applicant might need to reapply for the following year. Under extreme circumstances the admissions committee will consider applicant in a case by case for a retake if applicant does not pass portions of CSET exams.

State Certification Requirements (required by all California programs) - Submit with E-App. Deadlines Vary.

Please feel free to contact the GGSE Credential Analyst, Katie Tucciarone with any questions, comments, or concerns at katiet@education.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2036.

 

  1. U.S. Constitution Requirement - Due June 1st, 2017

​ Satisfied by one or more of the following:

  • Earn a bachelors degree from a California State University (CSU).
  • Take and pass, with a C, pass, or better, a university/college course in the introduction of American government covering U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution.  (UCSB Poli Sci 12/ SBCC Poli Sci 101/ AHC Poli Sci 103/ VCC Poli Sci 1)
  •  Pass a U.S. Constitution exam by approved institution.
  1. Bachelors Degree Awarded
  1. TB Test Clearance - Due June 1st, 2017
  • TB Tuberculosis (TB) test results. Results must be current within 2 years of entering student teaching. 
  • .A hardcopy must be submitted to the TEP Office.
  1. CPR (Adult, Child, & Infant) Certification - Due June 1st, 2017
  • You do not need to complete this prior to starting the program, as a course will be offered for you. If you previously completed CPR certification it must meet the following criteria:
    • CPR must be valid during entire academic year.
    • Must be approved by the guidelines of the American Heart Association (Heartsaver course) or American Red Cross (Lay Responders course.
    • Must be completed via a classroom setting NOT online certification course.
  1. Certificate of Clearance (must apply by application deadline and be awarded by June 1)
  • California Education Code requires all individuals who seek to obtain a California teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to receive fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • The Certificate of Clearance is a requirement for all first time teaching credential applicants. 
  • To apply see CTC instructions available on our webpage.
  • To determine if you have already received a Certificate of Clearance, Emergency Permit of other credential from the Commission that would meet this requirement click on the “Search for an Educator” button on the CTC website at http://www.ctc.ca.gov.
  • An applicant whose legal record contains anything more serious than a minor traffic violation should contact the CTC.
  • Non-California residents and international student should contact the Credential Analyst for assistance with the Certificate of Clearance application process. 

Pre-Professional Experience - Submit to Pre-Professional Coordinator

A minimum of 45 pre-professional hours is required as part of your application. At least 15 hours are due prior to the application deadline, and the remaining 30 hours must be submitted before June 1, 2017. Applicants can earn pre-professional hours by volunteering in a K-12 classroom, substitute teaching, or working as an instructional aide. The hours must be completed during the regular school day (after-school programs do not count). For approval on other teaching experience or for volunteer opportunities please contact Katie Blackwell at kblackwell@education.ucsb.edu.

The following forms of pre-professional documentation will be accepted:

  • Fieldwork Verification Form
  • a signed letter from your supervisor that includes your number of hours
  • a transcript and syllabus (if the hours were completed through a university course)
  • a timesheet (if you earned the hours by working as a substitute teacher or instructional aide)

Please drop-off or mail hard copies of your documentation (along with a cover sheet) to Katie Blackwell at Teacher Education Program ED 3230 University of California, Santa Barbara 93106-9490. Please keep a copy of your submitted documentation for your own records. Digital copies and emails will not be accepted.

For more information, visit the Pre-Professional website

GPA Supporting Statement (for applicants with a GPA below 3.0) - Submit with E-App

UCSB graduate school requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.  If your GPA is below 3.0 please submit an additional GPA Supporting Statement (i.e., factors that contributed to lower GPA during undergraduate period).  The Graduate Admissions Committee will conduct a comprehensive second review of your application materials.  Students should expect a longer wait period for admissions decisions, but you may contact the TEP office at any time to check on your status.  

Campus Interviews - Dec 10, 2016 | Feb 25, 2017 | Mar 4, 2017

Applicants to TEP will be invited to attend an on-campus group-screening interview to be considered for admission. The applicant will be abe to select their first, second, and third (if applicable) choice on the Application Progress Form. The interview will provide a chance for applicants to demonstrate their writing and communication skills in an individual and group setting.

Once applicants complete the Application Progress Form and pay for online E-App, the TEP office staff will contact applicants via email to schedule an interview date. It is highly recommended that the applicant upload The Application Progress Form two weeks before desired application deadline. Additionally, we would like to remind and encourage you to pay for your application two weeks before your desired application deadline, as this should provide the TEP Office ample time to verify all information submitted is correct, and schedule you for your on Campus Interview date.  If you do not hear from the TEP office via email, please contact the TEP office staff to check on the status of your E-App.  

The current application cycle screening interview dates and times are:

Saturday December 10, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (Early Decisions Only)
Saturday February 25, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm
Saturday March 4, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm

December interview date: The TEP Office highly encourages all Early Decisions applicants to select the December interview date as their first choice. We reserve the right to cancel the December interview date if we have an insufficient number of Early Decisions applications. Applicants affected by a cancellation of the December interview date would be rescheduled for an interview in February or March.

Alternate Screening Interview: The on-campus interview is the preferred and recommended process. However, applicants who live outside the Santa Barbara County region and need to travel a large distance may request an alternate interview which would typically include a videotape of the applicant teaching a lesson and a virtual interview. Request an alternate interview only as a final option if it is not at all possible to come to UCSB for a Saturday interview. After uploading the Application Progress Form, contact the TEP Office at (805) 893-2084 to request an alternate screening interview.

If an applicant that has paid & submitted their E-App does not RSVP to an interview invitation via email, does not attend an interview date, or does not request an alternative screening interview, the application will be considered and marked incomplete for the cycle.

 

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TPEs Abbreviated

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For general questions about the program and the application process:
Teacher Education Program Office
(805) 893-2084
tepapp@education.ucsb.edu
Office: ED 3230 & ED 3228
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (Closed for Lunch 12-1pm)