Education and Applied Psychology (minor)

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers three undergraduate minors: The Education Minor, The Applied Psychology Minor and The Science and Mathematics Education Minor.

The Education Minor

Students must follow one of two tracks currently available. Students will only be granted the minor in one track. Each track has a different set of required core and elective courses that are listed on the track’s webpage.

  1. Educational Studies Track: For undergraduates who are interested in learning more about the role of education in society while studying with research faculty in the Gevirtz School.
  2. Teacher Preparation Track: For undergraduates preparing for a career in elementary or secondary education. Prospective teachers are encouraged to take courses in the Minor that fulfill requirements for the UCSB Teaching Credential Program.

The Applied Psychology Minor

For undergraduates preparing for a career in Counseling, Clinical or School Psychology.

The Science and Mathematics Education Minor

For science, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates interested in learning and teaching others about mathematics and science.

General Career Information

Career Opportunities in Education
Gives a brief introduction, sample of related occupations, and types of employers for Education minors.

California Commission of Teacher Credentialing
Get all the information you could want about California Teaching Credentials at this site. It is a deep page and contains a wealth of incredibly useful and pertinent information.

All Education Schools
Some nice overviews of different teaching occupations.

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Why Consider a Career in Education?
The site poses good questions to ask oneself when considering going into the field of education.

The Life of an Elementary School Teacher
Overview of the life as a school teacher. Website includes information on important skills to have and what a typical day as a teacher may look like.
This site allows you to locate state departments of education - an incredible resource for people looking for employment outside of their own state.

How to Become a Teacher in California
Review the requirements for becoming an elementary school teacher, a secondary school teacher, and a special education teacher in the state of California.

National Center for Education Information
Provides state contacts for alternative teacher certification.

What is Applied Psychology?
This site provides a snapshot of Applied Psychology. Information includes career opportunities, job outlook, and a general overview of the field.

Education Portal: Applied Psychology
Career options, job duties, and requirements of specific branches of applied psychology.

Psychology Ph.D vs. Psy.D Programs
With two different graduate degree programs in Psychology, this site addresses the differences between each and provides reasons for entering each program. An emphasis is placed on what your end career goals are and how you can achieve them.

Focus 2
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California Approved Professional Preparation Programs (Cal States, UCs, Private Schools)
This website, maintained by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, provides information about all approved programs in California. 

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

The program at UC Santa Barbara is one of the highest quality programs in the nation, with state-of-the art practice grounded in partner schools, a focus on teaching to reach ALL learners, and teacher educators with established records of success.

Programs Outside of California
The following are sites where you can search for teacher education programs in other states.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
NCATE is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides a list of accredited colleges of education. “The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCATE as a professional accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.”

All Education Schools
Obtain information on what being a teacher means to learning about available credential programs. “A complete guide to colleges of education.”

Accredited Programs in Applied Psychology
APA Accredited Graduate Programs in various locations throughout the United States.

Rank and search 19,079 programs at 2,240 US universities based on your priorities. Data come from the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

U.S. News and World Reports
Listing of the best graduate schools in Psychology and other scientific fields.  As with all rankings, make sure that you take them with a grain of salt.

GradSchool Shopper
One more way to find the applied psychology program that’s for you.


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Teaching, education administrator, and school support positions available within the United States.

UCSB CalTeach
CalTeach (CaT), also known as the Science and Mathematics Initiative, is a UC system-wide program. The purpose of CalTeach is to recruit and mentor mathematics, science, and engineering students who are interested in becoming mathematics and science teachers.

The California Center for Teaching Careers
Use this site if you are any of the following: a prospective teacher seeking employment in California; a school district looking for prospective teachers; or an undergraduate exploring preparation programs available in California's universities, colleges, and districts.

California Certificated and Classified Positions
Links to job postings in K-12 education, California community colleges, and administrative or supervisory jobs in education.

Nationwide University of Kentucky
In an effort to facilitate the movement from one state to another, the UK College of Education will attempt to link to K-12 job opportunities for the 50 states. We have discovered that some states do not centralize job announcements. In those instances, we have referred to the list of school districts within the state.  Also contains information about reciprocity between states.

Teach For America
Offers unique teaching opportunities for individuals wanting to expand their own possibilities while expanding the possibilities of American's most needy children. To learn more and/or apply to become a corps members check out this site. No teaching certificate is required to participate in this program.

UCSB Health and Wellness Internship
UCSB Health & Wellness Interns promotes the mental, physical and social health of all students by enhancing individual skills and positive relationships with families, peers and the UCSB/Isla Vista community.

UCSB Early Childhood Care and Education Services: Orfalea Family Children Center
Gain experience working in a classroom or school administrative office.  

American Psychological Society Career Lists
Job list run by the APA.

Indeed Job Search Engine
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Professional Associations

California Teachers Association
CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.

National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education.

American Psychological Association
APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

American Board of Professional Psychology
The mission of the American Board of Professional Psychology is to increase consumer protection through the examination and certification of psychologists who demonstrate competence in approved specialty areas in professional psychology.

International Association of Applied Psychology
The International Association of Applied Psychology is the oldest international association of psychologists.

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