Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3)
From a group of academic pioneers in 1868 to the Free Speech Movement in 1964, Berkeley is a place where the brightest minds from across the globe come together to explore, ask questions, solve problems, and improve the world. We are a public university committed to the public good. Key to this commitment is the improvement of education by creating knowledge, developing dispositions toward inquiry and critique, and helping develop superb educators dedicated to equity and excellence.
To that end, the Graduate School of Education has developed the Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3), an 18-month teacher education program in which candidates earn both a teaching credential and a master’s of arts degree with different pathways. Students choose one pathway from either the Elementary or Secondary programs.
> Multiple Subject Credential + MA in education
> English Credential + MA in education
> Math Credential + MA in education
> Science Credential + MA in education
The BE3 Experience
BE3 supports a diverse set of credential candidates to develop ambitious, equity-focused teaching practice, grounded in research, disciplinary and professional content knowledge, and built through strong collaborative relationships across the community of educators. BE3 teachers are an integral part of UC Berkeley’s GSE community of educators made up of credential candidates, doctoral students, professors, researchers, and local school partners, all of whom share the common goal of improving teaching and learning.
BE3 is committed to the realization of equitable outcomes for all K-12 students. To this end, we work to develop teachers and learners who meaningfully engage in the transformation of local educational spaces and society at large. BE3 teachers are able to recognize their own biases as well as the biases of others, including the authors of texts used in the program, in order to engage an asset-minded stance to effectively advocate against systemic barriers including micro-aggressions and culturally-based deficit framing of students.
BE3 is devoted to the public good and committed to integrating the highest quality of interdisciplinary scholarship and classroom practice. As a community of educators grounded in theory and practice, we develop, refine and implement cutting-edge knowledge and technology for the betterment of schooling and society. BE3 teachers are knowledgeable, resourceful, and reflective educators, who strive to transform teaching and learning in public schools and communities.
Jake Disston (Secondary: Math Credential + MA in education; and Science Credential + MA in education)
Lanette Jimerson (Secondary: English Credential + MA in education)
Elisa Salasin (Elementary: Multiple Subject Credential + MA in education)
Our candidates are among the best prepared teachers in the country. They exceed their state and national peers on assessments of teacher performance such as planning and implementing instruction, engaging students in learning, and assessing student learning. Our graduates enjoy ample employment opportunities in San Francisco Bay Area K-12 classrooms, and often serve as mentors for our teacher candidates. Our graduates also become part of a large network of teachers and educational leaders dedicated to improving teaching and schools throughout their careers.
Integration of Research
As teacher educators, we are continually working to improve our own practice just as we ask candidates to reflect upon and assess their own practice. We believe strongly that being a teacher means cultivating a lifelong inquiry stance, and we try to present a good example by critically examining our own practices and engaging in research related both to children’s development and teacher learning. This work informs the broader field of teacher education, helps to deepen teacher knowledge and practice, works toward improved learning for students, including at schools with students who are from diverse ethnic, socio-economic and language backgrounds.
To apply to BE3, you must (a) complete an application form from the Graduate School of Education (GSE); and (b) meet the BE3 requirements listed below.
For directions on completing the GSE application, visit the GSE Admissions page.
When Applying to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, select the term in which you are applying, and when asked for the program, select “Education-Teaching Credential/MA”
Besides the above application, there are three additional requirements for BE3.
1. Subject Matter Requirement
You may fulfill the Subject Matter Requirement in one of two ways: (i) by passing the CSET Exam; or (ii) successfully completing a Subject Matter Preparation Program.
i. CSET Exam (California Subject Examinations for Teachers):
CSET is required of all applicants to programs leading to a multiple or single subject teaching credential. Please upload a PDF scan of your official score report into the online application.
You are required to take ALL CSET subtests of the corresponding credential Subject.
CSET Subtests Required
Science (Taken 8/6/17 and before)
Science (Taken 8/7/17 and after)
We strongly recommend that the CSET be taken by the application deadline.
In order to be considered for admission you must:
Pass 2 subtests (1 for science taken after* 8/6/17) by March 15th 2018. If recommended for admission, passage of remaining CSETs is required by June 1, or you will be required to enroll in UCB CSET support group and pass by August 15.
Passage of ALL subtests is required by Aug 15th in order to continue in the program. Visit: http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/test_info_CSET.asp?t=101 for test dates and registration information.
ii. Subject Matter Preparation Program:
Complete an approved Subject Matter Preparation Program. Upload a certified letter from your credential analyst confirming your enrollment and completion of your program. If you are currently in a Subject Matter Preparation Program you should submit a letter indicating you have completed 80% of your program and submit final letter upon completion.
2. Basic Skills Requirement
CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). Applicants residing outside of California and Oregon may take CBEST after admission and arrival in California.
Applicants applying to the multiple subject credential option may take the CSET Writing Examination Multiple Subject
- Please upload a PDF scan of your official score report into the online application.
3. Supplemental materials
Video: Submit a link to a 2-3 minute video (shared from Google drive or uploaded to a video sharing website) of yourself explaining or teaching something that you are passionate about, and which is not necessarily a topic you would teach in a traditional classroom.
Submissions to be uploaded along with your GSE application.
Fellowships and Support
BE3 strives to train diverse teachers and as such provides a range of fellowships and grants based on both merit and need. Most BE3 candidates receive some level of support via fellowships and grants.
For more information, see GSE Fees and Financial Support.
Other Professional Programs
This section is only for students who started their program in Summer/Fall 2017 or before. Students who will be starting in Summer 2018 will follow the BE3 program structure.