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teacher education in ca
Teacher Education in CA

How do I become a teacher in California?

  • Complete the State requirements (see Application page)
  • 1-2 year preparation program to obtain your preliminary credential (offered here at UCI and other institutions around the state)
  • 2 years to complete an Induction Program (Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment – BTSA) to clear your credential. (Your employer will help you obtain this.)
  • Continuous professional development. We offer them at UCI. Please see the following site for more info:
is there a need for teachers
Is There a Need for Teachers?
  • You’ve probably seen some of the layoffs that have occurred in the past year or so, and are wondering, “Is there going to be a job out there for me?” Here are some factors you may consider about teaching.
    • Retiring Teachers – many teachers born in the baby-boom era are now ready to retire.
    • Studies project a need for 300,000 new teachers in California in the next 10 years.
    • Certain fields are always in need of teachers: Math, Sciences, and Special Education
  • Making yourself more marketable is also a consideration in this time. You will do this by going to a good school, and then also by adding supplementary credentials (usually by merely taking the CSET and a methods course in that area!) Come to an info session for details!
teacher s pay
Teacher’s Pay $$$
  • Teacher compensation varies by district, by level of education, and sometimes even by subject.
  • Here are some examples:
    • Irvine, 2011-2012
      • $48,361 1st year teacher: Bachelors + Credential
      • $49,089 1st year teacher: BA, Cred., + 45 units
      • $65,743 10th year of teaching, BA, Cred. + 45 units
    • Garden Grove, 2010-2011
      • $49,439 1st year teacher, Bachelors + Credential
      • $54,931 1st year teacher: BA, Cred., + 30 units
      • $79,650 10th year of teaching, BA, Cred. + 30 units
the application process
The Application Process
  • Application (beginning 9/15/2011)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a professor or instructor with whom you took a course at a college or university)
  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History Statement (may be combined into one essay)
  • Transcripts (one set from all post-secondary institutions)
  • GRE (MAT applicants only)
  • Due by March 30 (for preferred admission)
to begin the program
To Begin the Program
  • Certificate of Clearance (top priority)
  • TB Test (no older than 3 years)
  • CSET/ SMPP (no older than five years)
to apply for your credential
To Apply for your Credential
  • CPR – infant/child/adult (usually obtained during the program)
  • US Constitution (by coursework or exam)
  • Reading Instruction Competency Exam (RICA)
structure of the program
Structure of the Program

What would the Credential program look like?Generic M.A.T./Credential: subject to change by program and year. This calendar does NOT apply to Spring Start Program.


What if you change your mind on the M.A.T program in the middle of the Credential? Add the M.A.T. later!



MAT courses


Active Observing & CredentialClasses


Student Teaching & CredentialClasses


MAT courses


Student Teaching & CredentialClasses


Active Observing & CredentialClasses


Student Teaching & CredentialClasses


MAT courses


MAT courses


Student Teaching & CredentialClasses

Teaching! $$$

Credential Program is mid-August to mid-July and is all that is required to teach in CA.

courses to get an early start
Courses to Get an Early Start

If you are not a UCI student, you can enroll using:* Access UCI ( or during* Summer Sessions (

required courses single subject
Required Courses – Single Subject
  • * ED173 (4) Cognition & Learning in Educational Settings
  • ED 302 (2) Directed Secondary Field Experiences (90 hours of fieldwork)
  • ED 305 (4) Learning to Learn From Teaching
  • ED 307 (8/12) Student Teaching in the Intermediate & Secondary School
  • OR
  • ED 310 (1) PACT Teaching Event
  • ED 334 (2) Literacy & Technology in the Secondary Classroom
  • ED 336-341 (4) Methods of Teaching (English, Languages Other than English, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Science or Visual Arts)in the Secondary School
  • ED 342 (4) Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools (Mathematics or Science)
  • OR
  • ED 342A/B (2/2) Applied Instructional Strategies in Secondary Schools (Music, Science, Social Science, Visual Arts or World Languages)
  • ED 346 (4) Reading & Writing in the Middle & High School Classroom
  • ED 347A/B (2/2) Foundations of Equity & Diversity for Secondary School Teachers
  • ED 348 (2) Theory & Methods of Instruction of Special Populations in the General Education Classroom, Secondary
  • ED 349 (4) Theory & Methods of English Language Development Applied to Secondary Schools
  • ED 350 (4) Adolescent Development
  • ED 352 (2) Creating a Supportive and Healthy Environment for Student Learning in the Secondary Classroom

TOTAL Program UNITS: 58

* ED 173: can be taken ahead of time for credit.

required courses multiple subject
Required Courses – Multiple Subject
  • * ED173 (4) Cognition & Learning in Educational Settings
  • ED 301 (2) Directed Elementary Field Experiences in Diverse Schools (90 fieldwork of hours)
  • ED 304 (8/12) Student Teaching in the Elementary School
  • OR
  • ED 306 (8/12) Supervised Teaching in Bilingual Education
  • ED 308 (1) Performance Assessment for California Teachers, Multiple Subjects
  • ED 320 (4) Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School
  • ED 322A/B (4/4) Curriculum & Methods for Elementary School Mathematics
  • ED 323 (4) Curriculum & Methods for Elementary School Science
  • ED 324 (4) Curriculum & Methods for Elementary School Language Arts Integrated with Social Studies
  • ED 325 (2) Teaching Visual & Performing Arts in Elementary School
  • ED 326 (4) Curriculum & Methods for Elementary Reading
  • ED 328 (2) Theory & Methods of Instruction of Special Populations in the Elementary General Education Classroom
  • ED 329 (4) Theories & Methods of English Language Development Applied to Elementary Schools
  • ED 333 (1) Health Education in the Elementary School
  • ED 345 (4) Child Development and Educational Equity
  • * ED 173: can be taken ahead of time for credit.

M.A.T. – Master’s of Art in Teaching

The MAT in Education is a full-time program for people seeking careers in teaching who are interested in earning a master’s degree and a teaching credential. Most MAT students complete the program in 15 months, two summers and an academic year. There is the option of entering the MAT Program in the summer immediately following the completion of teaching credential coursework at UCI. However, potential applicants who have competed their credential elsewhere or earlier than immediately preceding the teaching credential program will not be considered.

The program of study includes six “core” MAT courses, one of the UCI teaching credential programs (single or multiple subject), and a comprehensive exam. Students participating in the Spring Start Intern Program can add the MAT following the Intern Program. While the MAT Program is a full-time program, students can work in the summers, but find it more difficult to fit in part-time work during the credential program.

Courses are taught by Department of Education research faculty and expert lecturers. This blend of research and practice (praxis) prepares future teachers for the academic, social, and policy challenges of teaching in today’s diverse urban and suburban classrooms.

How is the MAT different from the Credential?

The program is two summers in addition to the credential. The MAT is a Masters of Arts in Teaching, which is an advanced degree, and increases your salary when you are hired.


M.A.T. – Master’s of Art in Teaching

1st Summer

(can be before or after the credential coursework)

EDUC 201: Teachers' Lives and the Policy Environment of Teaching

EDUC 202: Outcomes of Schooling and Student Assessment

EDUC 203: Advanced Concepts in Learning and Cognition*

*EDUC 173: Cognition and Learning in Educational Settings

* Educ 173 is a pre-requisite to the first summer MAT coursework and is offered in the first summer. Can be done ahead of time for credit.

2nd Summer

(can be done immediately after the credential, OR after a year of teaching)

EDUC 205: Critical Assessment of Teaching Practice and Learning

EDUC 206: Cognition and Pedagogy in Specific School Subjects

EDUC 240: Instructional Design and Educational Technologies (Education 240).


Spring Start Program

What is theSpring Start Program?

The Spring Start Student Teaching and Intern Program begins in spring with intense fieldwork and student teaching and continues in the summer with courses only. Then, depending on the demonstrated level of competence and the availability of jobs, you might receive an offer for paid intern teaching. If you are successful in fieldwork but don’t receive an internship, you can student teach in the fall. For this program, the bulk of coursework is front-loaded in Spring and Summer. For further information see

Interested in an Internship?

Intern teachers are selected by partner school districts. Candidates who are selected for internships typically have these characteristics:

- Previous formal teaching experience such as substitute teaching, private school, Peace Corps, adult education

- Extensive informal teaching experience such as college teaching assistant, summer camp, corporate training

- Strong organizational skills

- Self-directedness

- Motivation to succeed in a high-demand environment

- Strong subject matter competence (passed CSET)

If you become an intern, you will be in the program for five quarters. You will be eligible for your preliminary credential at the end of your internship.


Spring Start Program

Spring Start Coordinator

Karol Gottfredson



Cost of the Program

For non-residents of CA, add $15,102 Non-resident tuition to the total cost of Tuition & Fees.

This information can be found at:


Financial Assistance

Federal Financial Aid – fill out FAFSA ( Speak with Kookie Vu ( or 949-824-6266) in the UCI Financial Aid office.

The UC Irvine Financial Aid Office ( can assist you with additional information about Cal Grant and federal and university loan programs.

Other important information about financing your graduate education can be found in the Office of Graduate Studies (

California Student Aid Commission (

Go to the library. Find The Grants Register in Langson Bound Periodicals (UCI Call number: LB 2338.G7 2008) to find grants and scholarships that may apply to you.

Use online search engines such as the following:


Financial Assistance (cont.)

  • Master's and Credential Program FUNDING options(apply online at
  • APLE (Assumption Program of Loans for Education). The APLE Commission may assume up to $11,000 in outstanding educational loans in return for four consecutive years of full time eligible teaching service in a California K-12 public school.
  • TEACH Grants. Up to $16,000. The goal of this scholarship program is to provide financial incentives and academic support for aspiring teachers who will teach in high-need (academically & culturally diverse) schools. Must have undergraduate GPA of 3.25+.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship for Future Teachers. The Rho chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of educators throughout the United States and other countries, is vitally interested in assisting women who are pursuing a career in education by offering recruitment grants to women who both demonstrate academic promise and financial need. Awards vary up to $500 each.
  • California Retired Teachers Association, Laura Settle Scholarship. The Laura E. Settle Foundation awards $2,000 to a credential student that possesses an average to high scholastic standing, a record of exemplary character, and financial need.
  • Owen Thomas Memorial Scholarship for UCI English Undergraduates. The Owen Thomas Scholarship is awarded to honor outstanding undergraduate scholarship in English and a commitment to secondary English teaching.
  • Pi Lambda Theta Scholarships & Grants. An international honor society and professional association in education. Please go directly to the organization’s website for more information on the application process:

Certificate of Clearance (CoC)

Please make obtaining the CoC a PRIORITY even before submitting an application. Not having the CoC in place disqualifies you from participating in any teacher education program in California.

Go online to

Print the fingerprinting (LiveScan) form (PDF file).

Go to the any approved location to get your fingerprints scanned. There will be a $51 fee, plus additional service fees the vendor may apply. You may consider visiting the Orange County Department of Education, located near John Wayne Airport. Here is their website for directions They are faster and less expensive than a police station, and will help you fill out the documents.

Go back to the same website (see #2 above) and this time click on Online Direct Application Site (1c). Be sure to choose Certificate of Clearance. All other options will be more expensive. Complete the online form and pay $29.50 application fee.

Be sure to complete the online application within ten(10) days of your Livescan to ensure that neither expire in the online application system.

Once issued, the Certificate of Clearance is searchable by the public online at:

cset and cbest description test preparation
CSET and CBEST Description & Test Preparation
  • CSET
    • California Subject Exam for Teachers
    • Based on the subject area you are interested in earning a credential
    • Content knowledge is equivalent to an associate’s degree in the specific subject
    • Test results are good for five (5) years
    • Based on the Content Standards for the State of California
    • More information can be found at
    • California Basic Educational Skills Test
    • Based on general knowledge
    • Content knowledge is equivalent to 8th grade math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and essay writing
    • Test results are good for life
    • More information can be found at
  • Test preparation resources can be found at the Orange County Department of Education’s Instructional Services website:

Campus Resources

Graduate Housing at UCI

UCI offers graduate and married student housing.

Credential and MAT students are not guaranteed housing, but may apply and get on a waitlist and usually receive housing.

Please see this link for details!

Childcare Services

at UCI

UCI offers childcare services.

Child Care Services promotes participation of student, staff and faculty parents in the teaching, learning, and research missions of the University.

Please see this link for details!


The UCI Difference

  • 9-month Credential Program
  • No Prerequisites
  • Early Start options
  • Support System of faculty, staff & community
  • Internationally Respected Research University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching options
  • Cohort system – small learning communities
  • Each institution in California that offers a teaching credential must be accredited and therefore requires fulfillment of CBEST, CSET, Certificate of Clearance, Tuberculosis test, and US Constitution requirements.
  • The Department of Education has strong external funding support for research, which allows our faculty and department to expand every year. Not only does this allow you to access the best faculty in the field, but you are on the cutting edge of the field!
the students make the program
UCI Credential Students are:The Students Make the Program
  • Interested in change
  • Educational leaders
  • Committed to and value diversity
  • Invested in the learning process and the cohort concept
  • Diverse student body and instructional staff
  • Recent grads, career changers, those looking for a meaningful vocation
  • Invested in California
application deadlines
Application Deadlines

Credential & M.A.T. w/Credential for Fall 2012

March 30, 2012(For preferred admission. Will continue to accept applications until program is full.)

Spring Start Program for 2012

January 6, 2012

For Information on the Application Process,



Call 949-824-7832


what you can do right now
What you can do right now!
  • Apply for 30-day Emergency Credential ORCertificate of Clearance and substitute teach!
  • Complete Online Application. We begin accepting applications on 9/15/2011
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Draft and edit application essays
  • Order Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
  • Take the CBEST & CSET tests
  • Make TB test appointment
  • Research US Constitution tests and courses
  • Take UCI Education courses to get ahead
  • Make an appointment to speak with an admissions counselor
  • Attend an information session
  • Visit the Department of Education Website:
interested in substitute teaching
Interested in Substitute Teaching?
  • Take the following documentation to the Orange County Department of Education (
  • CBEST result
  • TB Test results
  • Proof of your Bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate of Clearance Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)200 KalmusDr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626Main Phone: (714) 966-4000CREDENTIALS/LIVE SCAN SERVICESCredentials (714) 966-4236Live Scan (714) 966-4306FAX (714) 545-0443
  • *Note OCDE also offers a Special Education Internship program. Website:

DoE Staff & Dept. Information

  • Staff Directory:
  • Director: Judi Conroy (
  • Credential/MAT Admissions: Marie Nubia-Feliciano (
  • Education Minor Program/Credential Analyst: Gisela Verduzco (
  • Credential Analyst: Sarah Singh (
  • Ph.D. Admissions: Nancy Christensen (
  • Doctorate Programs: LeoraFellus (
  • Department of Education Facebook Page:!/group.php?gid=58444669586&ref=ts
  • Monthly Information Sessions: