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Graduate School of Education


Apply to the Teacher Education Programs

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Summer 2021 applicants are not required to pass the CBEST and CSET exams by the application deadline.  However, the Teacher Education Program strongly encourages applicants to attempt and pass these exams as soon as possible. 

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 October 12, 2020
  *   Priority Consideration is January 15, 2021
  *   Application Deadline is February 26, 2021

Academic Advisor Contact Information:

Alex Arriaga:  (Single Subject Math and Science; Multiple Subject: Last Name M-Z)

Dr. Frances Valdovinos:  (Single Subject English, Social Science, and Spanish)

Lina Canawati:  (Education Specialist; Multiple Subject: Last Name A-L)

  • 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 (APPLY FOR FALL 2021 TERM. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT
    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

    Please Note: Summer 2021 courses will be conducted remotely

  • Official Transcript

    In response to COVID-19, the UCR campus is closed.  As a result, we are unable to access paper mail.  All official e-transcripts should be emailed directly to until further notice. (Updated: 09/03/2020)

    • 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

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, Summer 2021 applicants are not required to pass the CBEST or CSET Writing Skills exams by the application deadline.  However, the Teacher Education Program strongly encourages applicants to attempt and pass these exams as soon as possible. 

    Basic Skills Requirement: Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • CBEST: Passage of computer or paper-based CBEST exam
    • CSET Writing Skills Exam(Multiple Subject and Education Specialists Only): Passage of the CSET Writing Skills Exam.
    • CSU Entry Level Placement Tests: Achieve an Entry Level Math score of 50 and an English Placement Test score of 151.
    • SAT: Achieve a score of 550 in Mathematics and 500 in Critical Reading
    • ACT: 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

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, Summer 2021 applicants are not required to pass the CSET exam by the application deadline.  However, the Teacher Education Program strongly encourages applicants to attempt and pass this exam as soon as possible. 

    Subject Matter Competence: Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • CSET Exam
      1. Education Specialist & Multiple Subject: Passage of the CSET Multiple Subject exam
      2. Single Subject:  Passage of the CSET exam in subject/content area the applicant plans to teach (English, Mathematics, Social Science, Spanish, or Science)
    • 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 (41-LS Form)
      2. Complete CTC Online Application
  • Student 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.

    **Please note: Zoom interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis.  Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that applicants submit all of their required application documents as soon as possible so their interview can be scheduled in a timely manner.

  • Accreditation & License Examination Passage Rates

    California Commission on Teacher Credentialing



    The Graduate School of Education (GSOE) at University of California, Riverside is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). CTC accreditation signals that GSOE meets the most rigorous standards of excellence in teacher education and preparation. Read more about our accreditation, teacher certification examination pass rates and Title II reports.  

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