Graduate Education/Teacher Credentialing

Graduate Education & Teacher Credentialing Programs    
Combined Masters & Credential ProgramsClick on Desired Start Term to ApplyDeadlineInstruction BeginsOnline Application
MEd with Multiple Subject CredentialSummer 2017 (July)January 31, 2017July 5, 2017APPLY
MA in Education with Multiple Subject & M/M Ed. Specialist CredentialsSummer 2017 (July)January 31, 2017July 5, 2017APPLY
MA in Education with M/M Ed. Specialist Credential (must have a California credential to enroll)Summer 2017 (Sept)Accepting ApplicationsSeptember 2017APPLY
Masters Programs
MA in Education
Concentrations in:
- Leadership & Social Justice
- Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Summer 2017 (July)January 31, 2017July 5, 2017APPLY
Stand-alone Credential Programs
Preliminary Multiple Subject CredentialSummer 2017 (July)January 31, 2017July 5, 2017APPLY
Preliminary Multiple Subject & M/M Ed. Specialist CredentialSummer 2017 (July)January 31, 2017July 5, 2017APPLY
Preliminary M/M Ed. Specialist Credential (must have a California credential to enroll)Summer 2017 (Sept)January 31, 2017September 2017APPLY
Certificate Programs
Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Winter 2017 (Jan)Accepting ApplicationsJanuary 2017APPLY
*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
  • Essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • CBEST test scores, or proof of registration for the CSET Writing Skills exam (for credential programs only)
  • CSET: Multiple Subjects exam, proof of registration or scores (for credential programs only)

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.

    • Online Application
    • $50 application fee or fee waiver
    • Official transcripts confirming successful completion of a minimum of 12 semester units (18 quarter units) in Early Childhood Education, Child Development and/or Early Childhood Studies
    • Resume
    • Admission essay

In 2-4 pages, please respond to the following:
1. Please describe any significant learning experiences you have in Nature-Based or Outdoor Education.
2. What is your learning style, and how do you go about solving problems?
3. How do you intend to use the knowledge and skills you gain in the NBECE Certificate program as you learn and complete the program?
4. What are your future career goals?