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Now that you are ready to apply to the Teacher Preparation Program, there are a few items you will need to gather to upload during the process. You can start the application form and save it to return to it should you need to. Review the requirements needed to apply.

If you have questions during the application process, please email us. We also highly recommend you attend an upcoming Information Session in which many of your questions will be answered. 

What happens after you submit your application:

  • Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee after the application deadline
  • You will be contacted after the review on the status of your application
  • Persons considered for candidacy will have their interview scheduled with the admissions committee

If you are accepted into the program, there will be a few tasks for you to complete which can be found here


If you already hold a California teaching credential and are looking to add the Bilingual Authorization, you will apply here



Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Additional information is available by visiting the University of California | Office of the President and the California Department of Education.


The Teacher Preparation Program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

On August 6, 2021, The Commission on Teacher Credentialing granted full institutional approval to the University of California, Merced.