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Teacher Preparation Program - Grade school students visiting UC Merced science labs

UC Merced Extension's Teacher Preparation Program has multiple tracks ranging from becoming an intern, UC Merced NSED Minor, and general (traditional). Our intern and general tracks are offered both in person and online. We offer teaching credentials in Multiple Subject (K-8th grade) and Single Subject: English, Math, History/Social Sciences, and Science. (6-12th grade).

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Explore the track that applies to you by visiting one of the following:

  • Intern Track Option
    You are currently teaching in the classroom on a Provisional Internship Permit (PIP) or Short-Term Staff Permit (STSP), or you have a contract to be hired as the teacher of record. This program is in partnership with your district and has specific requirements.
  • UC Merced NSED Minor
    You have completed the NSED Minor during your undergraduate studies. 
  • New to Teaching (Traditional)
    You hold a bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited college or university.  


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.