Apply to the Teacher Education Programs

The following links provide all the necessary information to guide you through the application process. You may read the Application Checklist for more information, or browse through the below information for details on the application process and requirements. Please read through the application requirements thoroughly.

If you are a current undergraduate student, click here to download our resource guide including suggested timeline and CSET information.

We also recommend attending an Information Session as soon as possible and visiting our Frequently Asked Questions.

Summer 2021 Application Deadlines

  *   Applications open on September 14, 2020
  *   Priority Consideration is January 15, 2021
  *   Application Deadline is February 26, 2021

  • Online Application

    M.Ed. Applicants

    1. Go to and start a new application
    2. Application Term: Summer 2021
    3. Select Program:
      • M.Ed. General Education with Teaching Emphasis, plus Multiple or Single Subject Credential
      • M.Ed. in Special Education, plus Education Specialist Credential
    4. Application Fee: Pay and submit the non refundable application fee

    Credential-Only Applicants:

    1. Submit credential-only application
    2. Email credential-only application to
    3. Application Fee: Student will be billed application fee.
  • Official Transcript

    Official transcripts must be sent to the Teacher Education Program from the issuing institution, or you can mail the transcripts yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

    • M.Ed. Applicants: Submit two (2) official transcripts from each institution (this includes UC Riverside)
    • Credential-Only Applicants: Submit one (1) official transcript from each institution (this includes UC Riverside)
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00, which is calculated on the last 90 quarter units of your undergraduate record.

    For degrees completed outside United States, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has approved eight agencies to evaluate foreign transcripts. Official academic records must also be provided to UC Riverside, visit this page for a list of approved records from International Institutions.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    M.Ed. Applicants: Submit with online application:
    Credential-Only Applicants: Submit via email to your assigned academic advisor

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

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

    • Two (2) Academic References: Previous professor that can attest to your capacity to do graduate work.
    • One (1) Professional Reference: Supervisor from work experience, internship or teaching experience.
  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History Statement Essays

    Statement of Purpose (Complete in 3000 characters or less)
    Please state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. The following information should be included in this statement:

    1. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives, and research interests and experience.
    2. A brief occupational resume if any significant period has elapsed since you were last enrolled in an academic institution. (This should be submitted in the Additional Info Section at the bottom of this page.)
    3. Academic awards, prizes, honors, fellowships or other distinctions you have received.
    4. Work experience or activities pertinent to your graduate goals
    5. If pertinent to your proposed field of study, please list your publications and any scholarly or professional organizations in which you hold membership.

    Personal History Statement (Complete in 3000 characters or less)
    In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

    Credential-Only Statement of Purpose: (Completed by non-M.Ed. applicants)
    Describe in detail the interpersonal, effective and intellectual strengths of an individual whom you consider a model teacher. Give instances from your own experiences that reflect these same qualities. (Submit via email to your assigned academic advisor)

  • Basic Skills Requirement

    Basic Skills Requirement: Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • CBEST: Applicant must pass computer or paper-based CBEST exam
    • CSET Writing Skills Exam(Multiple Subject and Education Specialists Only): Applicant must pass the CSET Writing Skills Exam.
    • CSU Entry Level Placement Tests: Must achieve an Entry Level Math score of 50 and an English Placement Test score of 151.
    • SAT: Must achieve a score of 550 in Mathematics and 500 in Critical Reading
    • ACT: Must achieve a score of 23 in Mathematics and 22 in English
    • Advanced Placement Exams: Score 3 or above in AP Calculus or AP Statistics and a score of 3 or above in AP English


  • Subject Matter Competence

    Subject Matter Competence: Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • CSET Exam
      1. Education Specialist & Multiple Subject applicants are required to take and pass all three (3) subtests of the CSET Multiple Subjects exam
      2. Single Subject 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.
    • Complete an Approved Subject Matter Program


  • Certificate of Clearance (Due By Application Deadline)
    • Two (2) steps to complete Certificate of Clearance (COC)
      1. Livescan Fingerprinting
      2. Complete CTC Online Application
  • On-Campus Interview

    Once your admissions file is complete, an admissions interview will be scheduled. You will also be asked to submit a short writing sample on the day of your interview.

  • License Examination Passage Rates

    AAB 2086 requires that effective January 1, 2010 all teacher preparation programs provide information on their web site to prospective candidates regarding the license examination passage rates of completers for the most recent available year. This information can be found here. The Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs for the Academic Year 2016-2017 as required by Title II of the Higher Education Act was presented to the Commission at the October 2017 meeting. The full report can be accessed here.

Contact Us:
Teacher Education Program
Graduate School of Education
Sproul Hall 1124
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-5225