The Teacher Education Program (TEP) offers the Education Specialist Credential in Extensive Support Needs and Mild to Moderate Support Needs disabilities or Mild / Moderate Disabilities (ESC, Special Ed), Multiple Subject (MST, Elementary), and Single Subject (SST, Secondary) Preliminary California State Teaching Credentials combined with a Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.).
The one-year, full-time combined Education Specialist, Multiple Subject, Single Subject Credential/Master's Degree program is designed to provide the knowledge and experience, both academic and practical, needed to begin a teaching career. Student teaching is concurrent with course work so that the knowledge, theories, and concepts taught at the University can be directly and immediately applied in the classroom setting. The program begins in summer 2021 and concludes in June 2022.
Single Subject credentials are available in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, GeoScience, Mathematics, Physics (with optional Industrial Technology (ITE) credential), History/Social Science, and Spanish. (Applicants who are considering the World Languages Credential in either French or Spanish are advised to contact the TEP Office at prior to paying for their application.) Applicants interested in Chemistry may also apply to the joint program with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This is a two year program first spent working on a MA in Chemistry and year two spent working on a Single Subject Credential in Chemistry. Deadline for this Program is February 1, 2021. For more information about program requirements and deadlines, see Chemistry/TEP Joint Graduate Degree Program.
In addition we offer optional preparation for bilingual education (with the BCLAD credential completed through the CSET exam route). For more information regarding the UCSB Teacher Education Program please contact the Teacher Education Program Office at (805) 893-2084.

Mailing Address
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Teacher Education Program
University of California, Santa Barbara
Education Building, Room 3230
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9490

Degree icon Degrees Offered
M.Ed.; ESC, MST, SST Credentials

Address iconDeadlines
  • M.Ed., ESC, MST, SST Credentials (Summer start only) Deadline: February 1, 2021 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • MA / SST Chemistry program Deadline: February 1, 2021

Requirements Icon


  • All requirements must be uploaded to your online application
  • Online application: ($120 fee for domestic applicants, $140 fee for international applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose (composed of three question prompts), Personal Achievements/Contributions (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 Handbook.
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted online by letter writers)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • Program & State Requirements: See the Application Handbook for the deadlines of Program and CA state requirements. Program requirements include 40 hours of Pre-Professional Experience, On-Campus Interview, TB Test Clearance, and CPR Adult, Child and Infant Certification. CA state requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree, Fulfillment of the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (CSET), Certificate of Clearance Documentation, and U.S. Constitution Passing Exam or Course
  • 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.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English: TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
Teaching (MEd), Extensive Support Needs or Mild to Moderate Support Needs (ESC)