Experience working with children or youth is expected of all applicants. Paid or volunteer work in a public school is highly recommended so that we know candidates have an understanding of what work as a public school teacher entails. Experiences with children in other settings or other types of teaching experiences will enhance your application in conjunction with experiences in schools. The quality and extent of those experiences is a factor BTEP considers in admissions. Some students have substituted private school, summer camp, or other work with groups of children for experience working in a public school. While we value this work, Berkeley is a public university and our commitments are to prepare teachers for public school classroom.
To fulfill the Basic Skills requirement, choose one of the following: Pass the CBEST; Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects + Writing Skills Exam; Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or CSU Placement Exams; Achieve qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT; College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams; Pass a basic skills exam from another state; or Approved coursework.