Essential Program Information

The UCLA Teacher Education Program is designed for people who want to teach in low-income, low-performing schools in California, and Los Angeles in particular.  We are guided by a social justice agenda in our commitment and coursework.

Program Pathways Overview

The Master’s & Credential Graduate Program is a full time, two-year graduate program to obtain a California preliminary teaching credential (Elementary Multiple Subject Credential or Secondary Single Subject Credential in Math, Social Science, Science or English) and Master’s degree in Education.  Department scholarships are available and all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Joint Mathematics Education Program and the Science Teacher Education Program (JMEP/STEP) offer UCLA undergraduates an opportunity to take courses towards obtaining a preliminary science or mathematics teaching credential during their senior year.  After successful completion of the first year, students are eligible to apply into the second year of TEP to complete the Master’s degree.

Center X partners with the UCLA Music Department to offer a California Preliminary Credential in Music Education. In this program, UCLA students earn a teaching credential as part of a four year undergraduate degree program.

Tuition Costs

Current costs for the program can be found here (choose Academic Master). Please be aware that fees increase every year and the amount listed may increase by the time you apply.


There are a number of scholarships and fellowships available to UCLA Teacher Education Program students. Please complete a scholarship essay with your application if you would like to be considered. See the TEP Application Checklist for more details on the essay.

Applying to TEP

The application filing period is open in the fall (September – early December) for admission to the next academic year. The application filing period to begin studies in Fall 2020 is now closed.

Examination requirements for the application can be found in the TEP Application Checklist, which has information regarding the application requirements.

Small Group Interview

A small group interview is required of all in-state applicants.  Please make sure to attend the date and time you select as there will be no-make up sessions.  No registration confirmation will be sent.

Master’s  and Credential Graduate Program Overview – Two Years

First Year  Students are Novices
Complete coursework  and begin student teaching in the program’s partnership schools
Second Year Students are Residents
Assume paid teaching positions in partner school districts and complete an inquiry-based research project
Subject Areas
  • Elementary
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Science
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary Science
Philosophy Social Justice
Financial Support Departmental funds:
Several TEP Scholarships with awards ranging from $500 to $17,000
Federal Loans through
Program Start Fall Quarter
Field Experience Student Teaching Model:
Begins in Fall Quarter, transitioning from part time to full time at the end of Spring Quarter
Application Filing Period September – Early December

Upcoming TEP Events

Fri 25

Teacher Education Program Online Info Session

September 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 07

Teacher Education Program Online Info Session

October 7 10:00 am - 11:00 am

I chose UCLA TEP because it demonstrated a commitment to breaking the the barriers many students of color face in our public education system. UCLA TEP demonstrated a commitment to supporting teachers in their work with some of the most underserved and underrepresented students.”

Gloria Mayorga-Garcia

TEP Novice Year at UCLA Community School, 2018-2019