The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Teacher Education Program (TEP) offer a joint program which allows you to get your Masters of Arts with a Chemical Education Emphasis during year one of the program with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and your Single Subject (SST, Secondary) California State Teaching Credentials in year two of the program. Applicants successful in gaining admission to the MA/SST program may choose to add the optional MEd objective upon arrival at UCSB.

The two-year full time program is designed to build your chemistry content knowledge along with giving you the academic and practical skills needed to begin a teaching career. During year one of the program you will take graduate chemistry content classes, serve as a teaching assistant for the general chemistry labs, perform research and participate in a department affiliated outreach program. During year two of the program you will student teach as well as take course work so that the knowledge, theories, and concepts taught at the University can be directly and immediately applied in the classroom setting.

Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Barbara
and Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, TEP
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510

Degree icon Degrees Offered
MA/SST Credentials, MA/SST Credentials/MEd

Address iconDeadlines

Fall Only:

  • January 16, 2024 (by 11:59 PM PST)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application:
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (submitted in the online application)
  • Statement of Purpose (composed of three question prompts), Personal History and Diversity Statement (composed of two or three question prompts), and Resume or CV.
  • Please note the TEP prompts differ from the eApp essay prompts. For questions about the prompts and guidelines, see the Application Handbooks
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Submitted online)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • Program requirements: 45 hours of Pre-Professional Experience, On-Campus Interview, TB Test Clearance, and CPR Adult, Child and Infant Certification CA State requirements: Bachelors Degree, Fulfillment of the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST)) and CSET (subject matter) Passing Test Scores, Certificate of Clearance documentation, and U.S. Constitution Passing Exam or Course; See the Application Handbooks for the deadlines of the Program and the CA State requirements
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.