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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 2022 Application Deadlines

  *   Applications open in September 20, 2021
  *   Priority Consideration is December 17, 2021
  *   Application Deadline is January 10, 2022

Academic Advisor Contact Information:

Appointments For Prospective Students

Current students can schedule an appointment here

Alex Arriaga: alex.arriaga@ucr.edu  (Single Subject Credentials: Math, Science, English, Social Science, and Spanish)

Lina Canawati: lina.canawati@ucr.edu  (Education Specialist and Multiple Subject Credentials)

 

Admissions Steps:

1) Complete Graduate Division Application and attach all admission requirements, along with the TEP checklist

2) Submit TEP Application (initial email and application link will be sent by TEP once the Graduate Application is received)

3) TEP Interview (email notification will be sent to schedule interview for those who move forward in the process)

Admissions Interview:

  • The admissions interview is a requirement of the application process.  Both admission requirements and the interview are taken into consideration when making admission decisions.  Our program is highly competitive, less than half of applicants were accepted last year (42.9%).  It is highly recommended that students apply early and fulfill all admission requirements as soon as possible.

**Interviews and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis

  • Online Application

    M.Ed. Applicants

    1. Go to https://gradsis.ucr.edu/gradsis/GSIS_LOGIN.Login_student and start a new application
    2. Application Term: Summer 2022
    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 2022 TERM. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT lina.canawati@ucr.edu)
    4. Application Fee: Pay and submit the non refundable application fee ($120.00 for residents and $140 for non-residents)
  • Official Transcript

    Official electronic transcripts are preferred. All official e-transcripts should be emailed directly to creded@ucr.edu

    • M.Ed. Applicants: Submit two (2) official transcripts from each institution (this includes UC Riverside)
    • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00

    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:

    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.

  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) (Due by application deadline)

    Basic Skills Requirement (BSR): Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • CBEST: Passage of computer or paper-based CBEST exam (Online Proctored Exams Now Available)
    • CSET Writing Skills Exam(Multiple Subject and Education Specialists Only): Passage of the CSET Writing Skills Exam.
    • Pass the CSU Placement Exams: Achieve an Entry Level Math score of 50 and an English Placement Test score of 151.
    • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program
    • SAT: Achieve a score of 550 in Mathematics and 500 in Critical Reading (for exams taken before March 2016)
    • SAT: Achieve a score of 570 in Mathematics and 560 in Reading/Writing (for exams taken after March 2016)
    • 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
    • AB-130 Coursework Option

     

    AB-130: Basic Skills Requirement is still a credentialing requirement and the newly passed legislation is creating greater flexibility.  The BSR may now be met by passing the CBEST, a combination of CBEST subtests and coursework, or coursework.  Please view our short video regarding AB-130 and the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)

    • Process to be considered for Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) via AB-130 undergraduate coursework option:
    1. Submit M.Ed. application for 2022-23 academic year
    2. Fill out the BSR coursework verification form 
    3. Submit form to creded@ucr.edu 

    ***M.Ed. application must be submitted before BSR coursework verification form will be reviewed

     

     

    ONLINE PROCTORED CBEST EXAMS AVAILABLE

    The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for the CBEST and select CSET exams. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center.

    AVAILABLE FOR:

    • CBEST (all sections)

    Please see the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website for additional information.

  • Subject Matter Competence

    Subject Matter Competence: Satisfied in one of the following ways

    • Pass 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
    • AB-130 Undergraduate Major Option

     

    • Assembly Bill (AB) 130 provides new options for teacher candidates to meet the subject matter competence requirement.  

    Verification of successful completion of an academic degree major in the subject area of the credential being sought.  This option is available for teacher candidates who have completed an academic degree in a major that exactly matches one of those identified in the law listed below: 

    • Multiple Subject: 

    Liberal Studies 

    Liberal Studies with any concentration or focus 

    Liberal Studies: Urban Education 

    Liberal Studies: Elementary Education 

     

    • Single Subject (UCR Approved Authorized Areas): 

    English 

    World Language (Spanish) 

    Mathematics (Applied Mathematics)

    Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geoscience, Earth & Space Science)

    Social Science 

    The Commission will also accept applied majors (Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics) and exact majors that may have additional modifiers (Biology: Environmental Biology) 

     

    • Education Specialist: 

    Academic major must be in one of the subject areas listed above for either Multiple Subject or Single Subject candidates or one of the majors listed below: 

    Agriculture 

    Art 

    Business 

    Dance 

    World Language 

    Health Science 

    Home Economics 

    Industrial and Technology Education 

    Music 

    Physical Education 

    Theater 

     

    ONLINE PROCTORED CSET EXAMS AVAILABLE

    • The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for the CBEST and select CSET exams. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center.

    AVAILABLE FOR:

    CSET: English (Subtests I–IV)

    CSET: Multiple Subjects (Subtest I and Subtest III)

    CSET: Social Science (Subtests I–III)

  • Certificate of Clearance (Due By Application Deadline)
    • Two (2) steps to complete Certificate of Clearance (COC)
      1. Live Scan Fingerprinting (41-LS Form)
      2. Complete CTC Online Application

    Certificate of Clearance (COC) needs to be completed by application deadline.  If you are applying for the priority deadline, COC needs to be completed by 12/17/2021. If you are applying for the final deadline, COC needs to be completed by 1/10/2022.

  • 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
    • The admissions interview is a requirement of the application process.  Both admission requirements and the interview are taken into consideration when making admission decisions.  Our program is highly competitive, less than half of applicants were accepted (42.9%).  It is highly recommended that students apply early and fulfill all admission requirements as soon as possible. 

     

    • **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
creded@ucr.edu
 

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