MA/C Program Admission Requirements

1.    3.0 GPA or above  

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2.    Transcripts from all undergraduate & graduate work 

Transcripts must be submitted directly to the UCSC Online Application.  

If you have not yet completed your degree, you may submit an unofficial transcript with your application. If you have already completed your degree you may submit either an official or unofficial transcript that verifies your degree with your application.

Please note that if you are admitted to UCSC, two official, sealed transcripts will be required from your degree-granting institution: one sent directly from your college to the Graduate Application Processing Center (either with your application or after your admission; detailed instructions from the Graduate Division may be found here.), and one copy hand delivered by December 1st to the Education Department for your credentialing file.

College coursework is evaluated with attention to content and grades or narrative evaluations, as well as consideration of the appropriateness of courses taken for the credential sought. 

i.    Multiple Subject applicants:

Students should have an extensive breadth of courses in the core subject areas taught in elementary school—math, science, social science, and English.


ii.   Single Subject applicants:

Students should have an extensive body of coursework in the content area.

 

3.   Cultural/Linguistic Diversity

UC Santa Cruz is committed to preparing teachers to work in underserved, high-needs schools that serve low-income communities. Given this programmatic emphasis, describe how your university coursework or personal/professional experiences have addressed aspects of diversity similar to what we see in K-12 public schools. Be specific in listing relevant courses and experiences.

4. Field Experience

Document field experiences in formal or informal educational settings with youth at the same age level which you aspire to teach. Experiences such as directed observation, substitute teaching, work in after-school programs, camp counseling, school tutoring, outdoor education, instructional aide, or the equivalent are acceptable experiences. List field experiences below (include field setting and dates). You must fulfill a minimum of 30 hours in an educational setting documented by at least one letter of recommendation.

5.    3 - 5 Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required; no more than five are accepted.

Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Provide 1 or more letters (recommendation is 2) written by university faculty who can address your academic merit.
  2. Provide 1 or more letters written by a professional in the field who has observed your work with children or youth in the applicable age-group for the credential you are seeking through the UCSC Credential Program. This will serve as documentation of your field experience requirement.

**Please note that if your recommender(s) address your experience and/or coursework related to cultural and linguistic diversity, this will strengthen your application.

6.    California Basic Skills Requirement 

All admitted applicants must verify completion of the California Basic Skills Requirement by meeting one of the options A through F below. The deadline to complete this requirement: June 10th of each year (prior to official enrollment in the program). However, it is highly recommended that documentation of completion be submitted with the application. Exam registration confirmations, and/or exam score reports, or verification of meeting an alternate option for the Basic Skills Requirement must be submitted at the time of application via the online application.

A. The California Basic Skills Test (CBEST).
B. The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subjects Subtests I-III plus the CSET: Writing Skills subtest #142 (passing these tests also meets the Subject Matter Competency requirement for Multiple Subject candidates; see below).
C. CSU EAP ('Ready' in English and Math) or CSU Placement Exams (English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math (ELM)). 
D.  SAT (Math 550, English Critical Thinking 500). 
E.  ACT (Math 23, English 22). 
F.  AP English (3 or higher) and AP Calculus or AP Statistics (3 or higher).

For more information on these additional options please see: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf

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7.    Subject Matter Competency

California state law mandates that all teachers provide evidence of their subject-matter knowledge. Exam registration confirmations, exam score reports, or documentation of an approved waiver program must be submitted on the online application. Deadline to complete this requirement is June 10th of each year (prior to official enrollment in the program). However, it is highly recommended that documentation of meeting the subject matter requirement be submitted with the application. Please note that admission priority may be given to applicants who provide documentation at the time of application.

i.    Multiple Subject Applicants:

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

ii.    Single Subject Applicants:

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

8.   Certificate of Clearance

In accordance with Education Code Section 44320(b), each credential candidate for an initial credential, prior to admission to any credential program, must obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This Certificate is a document issued by the Commission to an individual who has completed the Commission’s fingerprint character and identification process. 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. Detailed instructions for obtaining a Certificate of Clearance may be found here.

A Certificate of Clearance must be submitted directly to the UCSC Online Application. Please upload a copy of your valid Certificate of Clearance or Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit into the online application. 

  1. To comply with this regulation the UCSC Education Department must have on file a copy of the Certificate of Clearance before allowing a person to begin public school fieldwork or student teaching.
  2. If you hold a valid (non-expired) Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, you are not required to apply for another Certificate of Clearance. Please upload a copy (pdf is accepted) of your valid permit.
  3. Out-of-state/international applicants must contact the UCSC Education Department for further instructions: edma@ucsc.edu.

9.   Statement of Purpose

Describe your motivation, academic preparation, and plans for your future occupation as a teacher. Include: (i) an explanation of why you want to become a teacher; (ii) how your experience has contributed to your motivation and potential to be an educational leader, and (iii) a description of your experiences with youth in formal or informal educational settings, experiences with cultural and linguistic diversity and community involvement. Discuss how your experiences and academic coursework have informed your decision to pursue a master's degree and teaching credential at UC Santa Cruz. Please include in your statement any interest or desire to work with specific populations of students or communities (e.g. low-income, English learner) and how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field, as this statement may be considered for possible scholarships. Recommended length is a concise 2-4 double-spaced pages. Include your name in the footer of each page of your Statement of Purpose.

10.   Personal History Statement

UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree and teaching credential. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey. 

The Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is a concise 2-5 double-spaced pages. Include your name in the footer of each page.

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11.   Academic Writing Sample

A sample of your writing (no more than 10 double-spaced pages). A research-based paper is preferred, such as a paper written on an educational topic or a paper written in your content area. Alternatively, applicants may choose to submit a formal essay or to write a brief piece specifically for this application.

12.   Résumé

Include an employment history, relevant volunteer or community work, (especially in schools and/or with children), and experiences in multicultural and multilingual settings. Include information on languages (other than English) in which you have competence.

Additional Items for Bilingual Authorization Applicants:

 1. CSET - Spanish Language and Culture of Emphasis Requirements 

The CSET LOTE (Spanish) Subtest III (CSET test code 147) and CSET LOTE (Spanish) Subtest V (CSET test code 258) (Culture of Emphasis) are required. Admitted applicants must submit verification of having passed the exam prior to completing the final quarter of the MA/Credential program. CSET LOTE is typically offered late April to early May. 

Additional testing information can be found at the CSET Registration website

2. Three-page essay in Spanish

Bilingual Program applicants will be required to submit a three-page essay in Spanish with their application to the MA/Credential Program. The essay should address 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.