Elementary, Mid/High School and Education Specialist Credentials
The UC Riverside Teacher Education Program offers California teaching credentials in elementary, middle/high school, and education specialist in the form of a credential only program, or a combined Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) with credential program.
You can apply to receive one of the following credentials:
- Multiple Subject Credential–teaching Elementary School Students (K-6th Grades)
- Single Subject Credential – teaching Middle or High School Students (7th-12th grades) in the following content areas:
- Social Science
- Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geoscience
- World Language - Spanish only
- Education Specialist Dual Credential
- Mild/Moderate & Moderate/Severe
- Add a Credential Authorization
We also offer these additional options to your certification.
- Bilingual Authorization (BILA)
- Ethnic Studies Pathway Certificate (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a teaching credential?
A teaching credential is a state-issued license to teach in a public school. California law [www.ctc.ca.gov] requires all teachers in CA public schools to hold a valid teaching credential.
What is the difference between a credential and a masters? [Cross to FAQS]
Why earn a Master’s degree?
In a little over a year, you can earn a master’s degree along with your teaching credential. There are many benefits to earning an M.Ed. including:
- Teachers with a M.Ed. earn higher salaries in most school districts
- The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a professional degree recognized by employers as providing additional training and theory to teachers with different emphasis areas in our program:
- M.Ed. in General Education with Teaching Emphasis
- M.Ed. in Special Education with Education Specialist Credential
- What is the difference between a credential and a masters?
How to prepare to get into TEP?
How do current undergraduates prepare for our program?
- Take the CSET exams
- Take the CBEST
- Get a Certificate of Clearance
- Current UCR undergraduates here is an information guide, with freshman and transfer timelines. Download it here.
- Undergraduates not majored in Mathematics or Science are encouraged to take courses in Math or Science to help you gain a foundation in the content area and for CSET exams.
Benefits of Our Program
- 70% of our graduates received teaching job before completing the program
- 70-100% of students received scholarships in the past
- 1:1 academic advising and registration each quarter
- High-degree of personalization, small cohorts
- High-level of faculty support
- Experienced classroom teacher mentorship (DCTs)
- K-12 alumni mentor networks in local schools
- Award winning ladder rank faculty
- Yearlong field teaching placement with a district cooperating teacher
- Employers have identified our strengths as:
- Prepared for classroom teaching, high quality of lesson planning and teaching
- Preparation for teaching English Language Learners
- Commitment to equity and partnerships with low-income, urban schools