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UC Merced Extension | Education Programs

TRADITIONAL / CAREER CHANGE

Teacher Preparation Program - mature teacher working with student at desk.

 

THE TRADITIONAL PATHWAY INTO TEACHING

Whether you are a recent college graduate or considering a career change, the traditional path is just for you. This pathway requires traditional student teaching over the course of a fall and spring semester. Before applying to the program, you will need to complete 45 hours of pre-program field experience* with the age group you would like to teach. For example, if you want to teach single-subject history, your hours will be with middle or high school-aged kids. This can be accomplished through a variety of opportunities such as classroom volunteering, substitute teaching, coaching, or even working with various youth group programs. You will also need to hold a bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited college or university. 

* This experience must have taken place within the last five years.
 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

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