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Where exceptional special educators emerge.

Are you committed to educational equity for all children in California?  Do you want to be a social justice advocate for students with disabilities?  Special Education is a dynamic career that offers a chance to positively impact both your students' lives and the lives of their families every day.  

UCSB Teacher Education Program is proud to offer two exceptional Education Specialist programs (Mild to Moderate and Extensive Support Needs) that will prepare you to be a teacher leader in the high-need field of special education. Read on for more information about these programs!

Why choose the UCSB Teacher Education Program?

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UC Santa Barbara is one of the few University of California campuses that offers an Education Specialist credential and master's degree in 12 months. Our program provides teacher candidates with the strategies needed to become change agents in today’s schools. At the core of our program are the commitments to inclusive communities and meaningful life outcomes for students. Our candidates learn how to enact these values by building strong relationships and providing their students with great teaching.

Through one year of committed preparation at UCSB's ESC Program, you will earn your preliminary credential and develop as a teacher leader by: 
  • Building strong professional and personal relationships
  • Applying university coursework in your K-12 fieldwork through our integrated program structure
  • Strengthening your practice with the guidance of attentive and supportive supervisors 

Receiving your preliminary credential not only makes you more marketable, it also sets you up for better success in your field.

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Two Specialty Areas:
Mild to Moderate Support Needs 

Address the educational and social needs of students with specific learning disabilities, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, visual or auditory processing difficulties and emotional and behavioral disorders.  Learn how to provide specialized techniques and support, as well as how to  provide instruction in many educational settings to students with specific learning needs. 

Extensive Support Needs 

Address the educational and social needs of students with autism, developmental or intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders.  Learn how to support students in inclusive settings, how to provide instruction and develop educational goals for your students, and how to promote student independence across academic, social, and recreational skills.

Regardless of specialty area, special educators work in a variety of contexts including inclusive classrooms and specialized settings, as well as educating students in the community.  As a special educator you would frequently collaborate with other teachers and support staff, and work closely with families and service providers to impact multiple areas of your students' lives.
Special Education Funding Opportunity! 

When you are in our program as a special education teacher candidate, you will have the opportunity to apply to the Local Solutions Grant. If you plan to teach in Santa Barbara county upon graduating, the Local Solutions Grant provides you with a reimbursement of up to $20,000 for debt incurred while obtaining your credential.  Last year 100% of our special education candidates received this award with an average amount of $5,000. 

Conduct your own research on TEP

At UC Santa Barbara, you will:
  • Earn your teaching credential and master’s degree in 12 months
  • Learn by being fully immersed in classroom teaching
  • Build community within a closely connected cohort
The application deadline is February 1, 2021
Apply Now
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(805) 893-2084
The Gevirtz Graduate School, ED 3230
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