MA/Credential Program Admissions FAQs

General Program Questions: 2023-2024

When are applications due?

The application window opens October 1, 2022, and ends January 31, 2023.

What tests are required?

If you are meeting the Basic Skills and Subject Matter requirements through testing, applicants submit score reports from CBEST and/or CSET (see California Basic Skills and Subject Matter Competency requirements below), preferable by the application deadline. The final deadline for these two requirements is June 10. There are a number of ways to meet these requirements. Please see the program website for Basic Skills and Subject Matter information. These tests are administered by the state. Applicants should designate the UCSC Education Department in score reporting. The GRE is NOT required.

Which credentials are offered at UCSC?

The MA/Credential Program offers the following types of California Teaching Credentials:

  • Multiple Subject (Elementary) Preliminary Teaching Credential:
    • Prepares candidates to be elementary school teachers who teach in self-contained classrooms, typically grades K-6, where all subjects are taught by the same teacher.
  • Single Subject (Secondary) Preliminary Teaching Credential:
    • Prepares candidates to be secondary school teachers who teach in a departmentalized setting where the teacher is generally responsible for one subject area, typically grades 7-12 (middle school and high school). The single subject credential is offered in the following subject areas:
      • English
      • Mathematics (Mathematics or Foundational-Level)
      • Science (Life ScienceGeoscience, Chemistry, Physics, Foundational)
      • Social Sciences
  • Bilingual Authorization Program for MA/Credential Candidates

The Bilingual Authorization Program prepares MA/Credential candidates in either the Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential Program to add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. This program prepares qualified candidates to teach in Spanish/English bilingual settings. Through a three-quarter sequence of bilingual coursework and bilingual field study practicum, candidates develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the context of bilingual education, bilingualism and bilingual methodology.

Bilingual Authorization candidates enroll in additional UCSC coursework, EDUC 212A, B, and C: Bilingualism and Biliteracy, a series of three two-credit courses, offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.

What type of Master’s Degree will I earn?

Candidates who complete the MA/Credential Program will earn a Master of Arts in Education.

What is the timeline for completing the program?

UCSC’s MA/Credential program is one calendar year (12 months). Admitted candidates complete five consecutive academic quarters. Candidates will begin the program July 2023, with a six-week summer session. Candidates then progress to three standard academic quarters of ten-weeks each (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Following the academic year, students complete a final four-week summer session and exit the program in July 2024.

The program has two main components: master’s level courses and student teaching placements. In their master’s courses, candidates develop a theoretical and research-based perspective on important educational issues while gaining practical applications in their methods courses and student teaching placements. Master’s coursework and student teaching placements run concurrently during the majority of the program. Student teaching placements begin and end according to the local school districts’ academic calendars (generally late August to early June).

How many candidates are in the MA/Credential Program?

Each year, approximately 50-70 candidates are enrolled in the MA/Credential Program. Approximately half are Multiple Subjects candidates and half Single Subject candidates.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a small group (typically 8-25) of students working towards the same credential. Cohorts provide a collaborative learning environment for our candidates. Each Single Subject group (Math, Science, Social Science, English) is a cohort, while the Multiple Subjects candidates are generally divided into two cohorts.

What are teacher supervisors?

Teacher supervisors are exemplary seasoned classroom teachers who lead credential cohorts in bi-weekly student teaching seminars. They also perform direct observation and evaluation of candidates in their student teaching placements. Teacher supervisors provide mentorship and the perspective of extensive classroom experience to their students

What are student teaching placements?

All candidates in the teacher preparation programs participate in two student teaching placements. In August, students receive their first placement. They begin with initial observations of the class to become familiar with the students, classroom routines and procedures, and the teaching style of their cooperating teacher. Student teachers assume increasing levels of responsibility within their placement — teaching small groups, parts of lessons and full lessons. The second placement typically begins at the end of November (see your teacher supervisor for precise information). In this placement, candidates gradually assume more responsibility for instruction. This placement culminates with solo teaching, with student teachers effectively assuming responsibility for instruction for a number of weeks.

Do people work during this program?

Due to the intensity of the MA/Credential Program, candidates are not encouraged to work. If candidates choose to work, we recommend working no more than 10-16 hours per week while enrolled in the MA/Credential Program. The intensity of candidates’ schedules in a one-year program — with coursework and school placements — cannot be overemphasized.

Can I earn just a Credential?

No. Unfortunately, UCSC only offers the combined MA/Credential track.

I already have a valid Teaching Credential. Can I complete just the Master’s portion of the program?

No. UCSC only offers the combined MA/Credential track. Additionally, individuals with a valid teaching credential (either CA issued or from out-of-state) are not eligible to apply for the MA/Credential Program.

What is the cost of attendance?

The 2022-23 in-state graduate student tuition and fees for the MA/C are approximately $25,540 for 4 full-time and 1 part-time quarter (see the Office of the Registrar’s website under “Graduate Student Fees”). Fees include enrollment in the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (may be waived). Please note that fees, tuition and other charges are subject to change by the UC Board of Regents of the University of California without advance notice. Fees generally increase at the beginning of the year starting with the summer quarter. Estimated budgets (Fall, Winter, Spring), including fees and living expenses, can be found on UCSC’s Financial Aid website.

Application Questions

What is the timeline for the application process?

Applications will be accepted online for the 2023 - 2024 MA/Credential Program: October 1, 2022, and ends January 31, 2023.

Does the MA/Credential Program offer rolling admission?

No, the UCSC MA/Credential Program admissions review process happens once per year. All applications submitted during the application period are reviewed at that time. 

When are applicants notified if they were accepted to the program?

The MA/Credential Admissions Committee notifies applicants of their decision by mid-March and accepted candidates must submit their “Statement of Intent to Register” to the university by April 15. Admitted students matriculate in June.

Where can I find the online application?

UCSC’s Graduate Division hosts the Education MA/Credential application online.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Clearance?

Obtaining a Certificate of Clearance is a multiple-step process that can take as little as 10 days and as long as several months. Please note that the CTC requires either a United States issued Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for a Certificate of Clearance. The IRS issues ITINs regardless of immigration status, primarily for the purpose of federal tax reporting. Please follow the detailed instructions provided by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

How can I satisfy the California Basic Skills Requirement?

Typically, applicants satisfy the California Basic Skills Requirement via passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®). However, individuals may satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement with other options.
  
For more information on these additional options please see this CTC leaflet.
 
The deadline to submit evidence of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement is June 10. However, it is highly recommended that documentation of satisfying the Basic Skills Requirement be submitted at the time of application.

ASSEMBLY BILL 130: NEW OPTIONS TO MEET THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT

Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed by the Governor and became effective July 9, 2021. Provisions of the bill create new options to meet the Basic Skills  and Subject Matter Requirements. The bill does not waive these requirements. 

New Basic Skills Options

Individuals may now meet the Basic Skills requirement by passage of courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as outlined below. Courses must have been taken at a regionally-accredited college or university for credit, passed with a grade of B or better, be degree applicable, and be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.

  • Reading proficiency: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
  • Writing proficiency: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
  • Mathematics proficiency: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.

In addition, you may meet the Basic Skills requirement by mixing available options. For example, a candidate who has passed the CBEST subtests in reading and writing but not mathematics may use the two passed CBEST subtests along with coursework that meets the mathematics criteria. Or, a candidate with coursework meeting the reading and writing requirements may pass the CSET math subtest. Please note that coursework applies only when a grade of B or higher was awarded and the course was taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 

Detailed information for meeting the BSR can be found on the following link Basic Skills Requirement (CL-667) (ca.gov)

Current MA/C Students: If you have not met the Basic Skills Requirement and would like to use coursework or a combination of exam and coursework, you will need to complete an evaluation request form. The form can be found on the following link. Also, complete a 41-BSR form and email it to the Credential Analyst, Esperanza Zamora, zamora@ucsc.edu.

Prospective Students: Please complete a 41-BSR form to upload with your application. 

 

How can I satisfy the Subject Matter Competency Requirement?

California state law mandates that all teachers provide evidence of their subject-matter knowledge (state requirement and subject to change).

Multiple Subject Applicants:

Individuals can verify subject-matter competence by passing all portions of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Passing exam scores are valid for five years.

The CSET Multiple Subjects exams are comprised of three required subtests. Admitted MA/Credential applicants are required to submit passing test scores for the following:

  • CSET: Multiple Subjects - Subtest I (test code 101)
  • CSET: Multiple Subjects - Subtest II (test code 214)
  • CSET: Multiple Subjects - Subtest III (test code 103)

Additionally, Multiple Subject applicants may satisfy Subject Matter Competency via a CTC-Approved Subject Matter Waiver Program.

The deadline to submit evidence of satisfying Subject Matter Competency Requirement is June 10. However, it is highly recommended that documentation of satisfying the Subject Matter Competency Requirement be submitted at the time of application.
 
Please note that admission priority may be given to applicants with passing test scores at the time of application[1]

Single Subject Applicants:

Individuals may verify subject-matter competence by passing all portions of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) by content area.
Passing exam scores are valid for five years.

Admitted MA/Credential applicants are required to submit passing test scores for the following:

Single Subject Area Credential Type CSET Subtests Required (test code)
English English English Subtest I (105)            English Subtest II (106)            English Subtest III (107)          English Subtest IV (108)
Mathematics Mathematics  Mathematics Subtest I (211) Mathematics Subtest II (212) Mathematics Subtest III (213)
Foundational-Level Mathematics Mathematics Subtest I (211) Mathematics Subtest II (212)
Science Science: Life Science Science Subtest I (215)          Science Subtest II (217)
Science: Chemistry Science Subtest I (215)          Science Subtest II (218)
Science: Earth and Space Sciences Science Subtest I (215)          Science Subtest II (219)
Science: Physics Science Subtest I (215)          Science Subtest II (220)
Science: Foundational-Level Science Subtest I (215)
Social Science Social Science Social Science Subtest I (114)    Social Science Subtest II (115)  Social Science Subtest III (116)

Additionally, Single Subject applicants may satisfy Subject Matter Competency via a CTC-Approved Subject Matter Waiver Program

The deadline to submit evidence of satisfying Subject Matter Competency Requirement is June 10. However, it is highly recommended that documentation of satisfying the Subject Matter Competency Requirement be submitted at the time of application.

ASSEMBLY BILL 130: NEW OPTIONS TO MEET THE SUBJECT MATTER REQUIREMENT

Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed by the Governor and became effective July 9, 2021. Provisions of the bill create new options to meet the Basic Skills  and Subject Matter Requirements. The bill does not waive these requirements. 

New Subject Matter Competence Options

AB 130 expands the available options to allow candidates to meet the Subject Matter Requirement by completion of an academic major in the subject they will teach.

  • For Single Subject credentials at UCSC, current options are as follows:
    • If BA/BS is in English, Math, Social Science, or Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Geology) then YES, student has met SUBJECT MATTER REQUIREMENT.
    • English degrees currently accepted
      • English
    • Math degrees currently accepted
      • Mathematics, applied mathematics 
    • Social Science degrees currently accepted
      • Social science
    • Science degrees currently accepted
      • Biology, human biology, marine biology, etc.
      • Physics, applied physics
      • Chemistry, applied chemistry
      • Earth science, geoscience, earth and space science
  • For Multiple Subject credentials, the major must be in liberal studies or an interdisciplinary major that includes coursework in each of these areas: language studies, literature, mathematics, science, social studies, history, the arts, physical education, and human development.

The current statutory language does not provide leeway for the acceptance of closely related subjects; the degree major match must be exact.

Prospective Students:  If you meet the Subject Matter requirement with your BA/BS, you will have the option to state so in your application. 

Subject Matter Requirement Coursework

To meet the state Subject Matter Requirement (SMR) with college coursework, you will need a college course (or courses) that address each domain listed for each of the CSET subtests. At this time, each course that you use to meet a subject matter domain must have a grade of C- or better. 

It's possible to meet the domain requirements for some of the subtests and not others.  For example, you may have courses that address the domains for CSET subtests 1 and 3 but not CSET subtest 2.  If that is the case then you will meet the SMR by coursework for CSET subtests 1 and 3, and then provide a passing score for CSET subtest 2.

If you would like additional information about the subject matter domains, you may review the domain and drill down into domain elements on the CTC website here.  The elements provide greater insight into the domains. However, to meet the subject matter requirement, qualifying coursework does not need to address each of the listed domain elements.

ENGLISH MATH SCIENCE SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY MULTIPLE SUBJECT

SMR Guidance form English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMR Guidance Form Foundational Math SMR Guidance Form Foundational Science SMR Guidance Form Social Science/History SMR Guidance Form Multiple-Subject
SMR Guidance Math SMR Guidance Form Biology 
SMR Guidance Form Chemistry 
SMR Guidance Form Earth and Space Science 
SMR Guidance Form Physics 

 

What is the Bilingual Authorization Program for MA/Credential Candidates?

The Bilingual Authorization Program prepares MA/Credential candidates in either the Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential Program to add a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. This program prepares qualified candidates to teach in Spanish/English bilingual settings. Through a three-quarter sequence of bilingual coursework and bilingual field study practicum, candidates develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the context of bilingual education, bilingualism and bilingual methodology.

Bilingual Authorization candidates enroll in additional UCSC coursework, EDUC 212A, B, and C: Bilingualism and Biliteracy, a series of three two-credit courses, offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.

Applicants seeking Bilingual Authorization must also submit a one to two page essay in Spanish. More information is availble here. 

In addition to completing the three-course sequence, the UCSC Bilingual Authorization requires passage of two Spanish CSET LOTE tests (typically taken after completion of 212A or 212B): CSET LOTE (Spanish) Subtest III (CSET test code 147) and CSET LOTE (Spanish) Subtest V (CSET test code 258) (Culture of Emphasis). Admitted applicants must submit verification of having passed the exam prior to completing the final quarter of the MA/Credential program.  

Additional testing information can be found at the CSET Registration website. 

One to two-page essay in Spanish

Bilingual Program applicants submit a one to two-page essay in Spanish with their application to the MA/Credential Program. The essay is a response to one of the following prompts: 

  1. Describa el contexto en que usted aprendió el español.
  2. Describa su historia personal y cultural con las comunidades hispanohablantes.
  3. Describa sus experiencias con la educación bilingüe.

  
Do I need to submit GRE scores in addition to my CBEST & CSET scores?

The GRE is not required for admission to the MA/Credential Program at UCSC.

Do I need to submit anything in hard copy?

No. The application and all supplemental materials (Letters of Recommendation, Test Scores/ Registration verification, transcripts, Certificate of Clearance, etc.) must be submitted within the online application.

Is financial aid available? 

Financial aid inquiries should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid. See the Financial Aid website for more information.

MA/C Program Financial Aid Resources 

Students wanting financial aid during the program must submit two (2) Free Applications for Federal Students Aid (FAFSAs); a 2022-23 FAFSA for the first summer quarter; and a second FAFSA for 2023-2024 for Fall through Summer of 2024. Both FAFSA’s must be filed online by May 1.  Additionally, the Education Department offers a few small scholarships. Once enrolled in the program, students are invited to apply for these in the fall and spring.

Where can I get more information?   

Education Department education.ucsc.edu 831.459.3249
Credential Analyst zamora@ucsc.edu 831.459.2200
Graduate Division graddiv.ucsc.edu 831.459.5905
Registrar’s Office reg.ucsc.edu 831.459.4412
Financial Aid www2.ucsc.edu/fin-aid 831.459.2963
CBEST registration www.cbest.nesinc.com
CSET registration  www.cset.nesinc.com

[1] Please note that admission priority may be given to applicants with passing test scores at the time of application.

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