FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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We do require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If your GPA falls below the 3.0 requirement, you can contact us to see if a consideration can be put into place. The Director of Education Programs makes the final decision in this case.
No, you can hold your bachelor's from an accredited institution in any subject to be considered for our credential program. To prove subject matter Competency, a candidate will need to pass the appropriate CSETs.
Education Specialist Credentials and Multiple Subject Credentials are two separate programs with their own requirements set by the state of California. We can of course utilize a lot of your completed coursework and experience to grant equivalencies in our program, but there are some things that cannot be waived.
Earning your masters could allow you to move into other areas in education, such as administration, but it is not a requirement in teaching K12.
Students who successfully complete the NSED Minor can complete the program in two terms with fulltime study. Typically it will take fall, spring and summer term to complete.
Yes, testing has been temporarily deferred until the state deems it can be reopened. Read the current memo from the Director of Education Programs regarding testing.
The CBEST is deferred until the Health Department has confirmed testing centers may resume normal operations. Read an update for the Director of Education Programs.
Upon graduating, your official UC Merced transcripts will demonstrate you successfully completed the fieldwork hours.
All interns are required to pass appropriate CSETs, be in a credential program that is partnered with their employing district, and have completed 9 units in that program. Intern credentials are valid for 2 years. If you are offered a position but don't meet the above requirements for the internship, there are other emergency credentials available to you through your district and TPP would be there to support you all the way. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
You can earn your teaching credential in one year with full-time study and verified clinical practice. (Fall, spring and summer)
You can complete the sample tests from the CSET website. http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials...., use a study book such as Kaplan or Cliff notes. You can also search YouTube tutorials on your specific authorization and exam.
We will need your degree posted to your transcripts for both admission and Financial aid.
The NSED minor and the TPP are partner programs. There are four courses in the NSED minor that allow you to finish sooner with less expense. You must have earned a grade of B- or higher for these courses to be applied to the Teacher Preparation Program:
- NSED 100 - Project-Based Instruction: Assessment and Management for beginning Teachers
- NSED 120 - Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools
- NSED 130 – Technology in Education
- NSED 150 - Research Methods in Education
Spring applications close on October 31, 2020, but please do put in a FAFSA as soon as you apply to the program. Once financial aid has that they can start the process of creating a package for you.
Application deadlines are typically due twelve weeks prior to the term start. You can find dates and deadlines here: https://teacherprep.ucmerced.edu.672elmp01.blackmesh.com/apply/deadlines
It will be available to single subject, multiple subject and special education credential holders.
Not at this immediate time but there are plans to add this in the future.
Our prerequisites are built into our program. We can review transcripts and grant equivalencies for work that you have already completed that meets the requirements of our program and the state of California.
The UC Merced School FAFSA Code is 041271.
We currently offer:
- Multiple Subject Credentials allow you to teach in a self-contained classroom for TK-8th grades.
- Single Subject Credential: English, History, Math and Science for grades 7 -12.
- Single Subject English Single Subject History/Social Sciences Single Subject Math - Foundational-Level Math and Mathematics
Due to COVID-19 Clinical Practice is fluid as districts and TPP follows the state health guidelines for COVID-19. We work with candidates during advisement about any clinical practice wishes (location, and grade level) and make the final Clinical Practice assignment and introduce the cooperating teacher and UC Mentor to the candidate. We work closely with district and school sites on customizing each clinical practice placement. We are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of each candidate so all clinical practice placement assignments will follow the state guidelines for COVID-19.
Salaries are categorized by a few factors such as ADA - average daily attendance, elementary, high school or unified school districts. The most recent breakouts can be found here as a general guideline: https://www.salary.com/research/salary/benchmark/public-school-teacher-s...
Clinical practice, also known as "student teaching", allows candidates to learn from experienced educators in the classroom under their support and guidance needed to become effective educators. Candidates are evaluated against Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Clinical practice can be completed at any public school that meets the CTC's approval. We survey our candidates and do our best to place you where you want to be.
Students who have not met the Constitution requirement in their undergraduate degree will need to meet this requirement in our program. The easiest way is through an assessment online. If you are unsure if you have met this requirement, let us know so we can evaluate your transcripts.
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The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) includes tests covering reading, math, and writing skills and is taken before acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program.
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) test individual subject knowledge.
- Required CSETs for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential are listed here.
- Required CSETs for the Single Subject Teaching Credential are listed here.
Please note for Spring 2021 and Fall 20201 applicants who have not taken the CBEST or CSET due to the closer of testing centers as a result of COVID-19 will be deferred for up to one year. If you have taken the CBEST prior and did not pass, this deferral cannot be granted.