Graduate Education/Teacher Credentialing

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MA in Education: Social Justice + Educational Leadership ConcentrationFall 2016Accepting ApplicationsOctober 3, 2016APPLY
Preliminary M/M Education Specialist Credential
*Must already be a credentialed teacher
Fall 2016Accepting ApplicationsOctober 3, 2016APPLY
MA in Education + M/M Ed. Specialist Credential
*Must already be a credentialed teacher
Fall 2016Accepting ApplicationsOctober 3, 2016APPLY
Clear CredentialFall 2016September 18, 2016October 3, 2016APPLY

*AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly.  The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as, the earliest decision notification.  

International applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action Deadline. 

Admission Criteria:

  • Online Application
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official transcript from a regionally-accredited college or university indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • CBEST test scores, or proof of registration for the CSET Writing Skills exam
  • CSET: Multiple Subjects exam, proof of registration or scores
  • Admission essay

In 4-6 pages, please respond to the following questions. Question #10 is only required if your undergraduate GPA is below 2.8. Please use the following format guidelines: 12-point type, double-spaced, 1″ margins, top right header on every page (in all capital letters): first and last name, Teaching Credential, page number.

1.  What factors led you to undertake this education program at this time and how will the degree impact your professional goals?
2.  Describe your leadership skills and how they are used in the classroom, school, community, and/or other life situations.
3.  What reforms do you see needed in education today, and what visions do you have for achieving necessary changes?
4.  Describe a difficult situation you have had related to education or schools. Evaluate your handling of the situation, revealing any personal characteristics that enabled you to be an effective part of a solution.
5.  Describe any community action or organizing that you have been involved in, and how it impacts your perceptions of yourself as an educator.
6.  What experiences have you had that prepare you to work as an educator with people who differ from yourself?
7.  Please comment on your experience or interests in working toward or organizing for social change.
8.  Please describe in some detail your experiences in working and/or being with children. What were your roles, responsibilities? Who were the children? For applicants to the mild/moderate disabilities credential, please specifically highlight experiences with children with disabilities.
9.  What is your motivation to become a teacher/special education teacher?
10. If your Bachelor’s degree cumulative GPA is below a 2.8 discuss the factors that contributed to your current GPA and how, specifically, you will mitigate those factors to be successful in graduate-level coursework at AUSB.

Phase One
An application will be reviewed once the following are received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Admission application (including application fee or fee waiver)
  • Unofficial or official transcripts indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Admission essay
  • Current resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Phase Two
Upon recommendation from Admissions Committee an applicant is scheduled for a group interview. The group interview is three hours long, and includes members of the Admissions Committee and other applicants to the program.  *An individual interview is offered to those that reside out-of-the-area.

Phase Three
Upon successful completion of the interview and  recommendation from the Admissions Committee, the applicant is notified via email (only) of an offer of admission.

Antioch University Santa Barbara particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences.