The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a Single Subject Teaching Credential Program, which provides the knowledge and experience in University and school classrooms needed to begin a teaching career. The Single Subject Teaching Credential Program is a small, cohesive program with approximately 60 students and is offered in English, Foreign Language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics) and Social Science. Art will not be offered in the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program starting AY 2009-2010. In California, the Single Subject Credential authorizes instruction in departmentalized classrooms in secondary schools usually grades 7-12 and instructional services to provide English language skills and academic content to English learners.
Partnerships with Schools:
A unique feature of the program is our partnership with local schools, which provide teacher candidates with opportunities to become involved in all aspects of school life. University supervisors are assigned to a school campus and work closely with cooperating teachers to mentor candidates. Student teaching is concurrent throughout the year with university coursework based on the belief that learning is optimum when we apply what we are learning during the process of study; learning to teach is developmental in nature; and reflection, self examination, and strong collegial relationships enhance professional growth. Program Faculty bring a variety of expertise through their roles as professors of education, clinical faculty, practicing teachers, and school administrators. Faculty members have advanced degrees and/or specialized credentials and substantial experience as classroom teachers.
An optional Master’s Degree in Education is offered concurrently with the credential. The M.Ed. is a professional degree for students planning on a career in schools. The M.Ed. Portfolio Project is an inquiry exploring a self-selected essential issue in education. The Credential/Master’s Degree in Education is a post baccalaureate program. Applicants must have their bachelor’s degree awarded by the time the program begins each summer.
The Single Subject Credential is an accelerated 13-month full-time program, beginning in summer and concluding the following summer. The program schedule is all day beginning around 7:30 am and ending at 7 pm several days a week. The Master’s continues in the second summer. Students have 4 years to complete the M.Ed. An SST Year-at-a-Glance is available on page 23 of the SST Application Handbook. More information on each course is available at the GGSE Course Catalog webpage.
In California a teaching credential is a two-tier process. TEP students who complete all requirements are then recommended by the University to the state for a SB 2042 Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential valid for five years. TEP graduates earn a professional clear credential by completing an Induction program through an approved school district, county office or education, college or university, consortium, or private school. TEP graduates apply for the professional clear credential through their Induction Program sponsor.