All information for applying to the UCSB Teacher Education Program can be found on the How to Apply page. The following are some things you should think about no matter where you are in the process of thinking of becoming a teacher.
1. Find the right program for you: Choosing your teacher preparation program is a very important decision and not as easy as one might think. There are many different models to choose from and you need to know what to look for and what questions to ask in order to find the best program for you. We discuss your options in our Information Meetings and we are always on hand to answer your questions and offer guidance.
2. Attend an Information Meeting and download an Application Handbook: We encourage you to download the Application Handbook for the subject area you plan to apply and teach in, and refer to it for your application requirement needs.
3. Visit our Program: You are always welcome to talk with our faculty, visit our classrooms and discuss your options. Please contact the TEP Office at any time and we will help you.
4. Take state tests ASAP: All California teaching credential applicants must pass a basic skills test (CBEST) and subject matter tests in the content area you are planning to teach (CSET). Do not wait to take these exams! State tests are offered only four times in a TEP application cycle and many candidates need to retake portions of these tests. You want to allow yourself enough time so that lack of a passing score on these tests don't hamper your admission to the program. Again, the Application Handbooks provide detailed information and weblinks to these state test requirements.
5. Complete your Pre-professional Experience: In order to have some experience in the classroom prior to entering teacher preparation, most programs require pre-professional experience (UCSB requires a minimum of 30 hours by the application deadline of February 15 and a total minimum of 60 hours by June). This can include a number of things including tutoring and observation in a classroom setting. Some students already have this experience and simply need it documented. Others need a placement for this. In both cases, please see UCSB's Pre-professional Program for more information.
6. If possible, work on Program Required Courses: All students will have the opportunity to complete the courses below during their first TEP summer session. However, if students complete these courses in advance, they will have a lighter course load during their first TEP summer session and they may also be able to start their TEP summer session in July, rather than in June.
If you are not a UCSB undergraduate, please contact the TEP office to discuss equivalent courses at your campus.
If you are a UCSB undergraduate, the following courses can be part of your undergraduate course of study:
7. If you are planning to attend TEP and you are in the market to buy a new computer, buy a Mac laptop or iPad: We utilize technology in our teaching and our smart classrooms are Mac based. This will allow you to take your work into your K-12 classrooms, your home, etc. The least expensive Macbook or iPad will do.