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Teacher Preparation Program

UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program with Dr. Lynn Reimer working with high school students in a chemistry lab at Chowchilla High School.



The University of California, Merced Extension approved teaching credential programs prepare culturally responsive educators for the 21st century. Candidates are trained to effectively support learning and flourishing for every student. Focus includes English language learners and children with disabilities. Program courses integrate research-based content and methods with technology to advance digital literacy. Candidates are mentored by veteran educators who challenge, nurture and inspire.

Future educators mastering classroom skills through hands-on learning in the Teacher Preparation Program.Working as a cohort, you can obtain a credential in one year through full-time study combined with fieldwork. You can apply for either the Multiple or Single Subject* track. You will develop instructional expertise and knowledge of the California Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with UC Merced Extension's teaching credential program.

Also, you will:

  • Use theory to collaboratively guide teaching practice
  • Personalize instruction for diverse learners
  • Receive CSET test preparation materials and support 
  • Develop lesson plans and effective cross-disciplinary content
  • Practice restorative justice and authentic care
  • Nurture and educate English language learners through an inclusive class environment
  • Develop critical and creative problem-solving for students
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences. This includes colleagues, families, and community.

Courses will be held at the  Downtown Campus Center in downtown Merced and the UC Merced campus during the evening to accommodate busy schedules.

*We currently offer Single Subject Credential Pathways for English, History/SS, Math, and Science.


After we receive and review your application, your program advisor will review cost and potential financial aid options with you.


Fall 2020 Applicants - Applications close May 1, 2020.
Fall applicants must attend an information session before applying.
April 2 - Online 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2021 Applicants - Apply by July 31st for priority consideration.
April 2 - Online 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
June 3 - Downtown Campus Center - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

These seminars cover:

  • Multiple Subject and Single Subject credentials
  • Student teaching (and student teaching with the Education Minor for UC Merced students)
  • Pathways
    • Those currently teaching:
      • Clinician, STSP, PIP, Intern, Accelerated Intern
  • Application checklist
  • Admission criteria
  • Cost
  • Financial Aid
  • Course structure

RSVP today!


Applications are open for the Multiple or Single Subject Teacher Preparation Program for Fall 2020. Applications close May 1, 2020.

If you are interested in applying to the Spring 2021 Teacher Preparation Program, you must first attend an information session. Our next session is on June 3, 2020 at the Downtown Campus Center.




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