Frequently Asked Questions


When I finish the program, will I have a credential valid to teach anywhere?

You will have a multiple subject credential valid to teach in a self-contained classroom in any school in California— public, parochial, or private. And with just a few more classes, you can obtain a single subject credential, to enable you, for instance, to be a middle school math or science teacher or a high school English teacher. State credential reciprocity is another matter. California does have one of the most far-reaching credentials, and if you exercise your option to obtain a master’s in our program, you should be qualified to teach in any of the other 49 states.

Do I get paid in this residency program?

In order to be part of this program, you need to have a paid teaching position. This could be in an independent, public charter, public, or parochial school. All of the schools that make up the coalition sponsoring the University of the Pacific/BATTI program employ assistant or resident teachers. Salaries for these positions range from $29,000 to $48,000. Almost all of the University of the Pacific/BATTI students are assistant teachers, but you could participate in our program while working as a full-time lead teacher.

How can I get an assistant teacher position?

When you attend our information sessions, you will receive a list of the schools, people to contact, and their hiring timelines. For reference, please consult the Coalition Schools link on this site. BATTI will hold a school fair attended by 20 school representatives in early February to which you will be invited.
The BATTI director recommends good candidates to the coalition schools, and writes a biographical synopsis of each student that has helped them find jobs in the past. But it is your responsibility to contact the schools and follow through their hiring process. It is the school’s decision whom they will hire for their positions. Again, you cannot participate in the University of the Pacific/BATTI program if you do not have a paid teaching position.

Can I teach in a public school and be part of this program?

You cannot be a teacher of record (intern credential) while participating in the University of the Pacific/BATTI program. You may serve as a public school instructional aide or STIP sub.

How do you get any public school experience in this program, if you are not working as a public school resident?

You get public school experience in two ways. In your first two semesters, you will get released from your independent school to teach for 60 hours in a local public school. You will get your main public school teaching experience with English learners during the summer semester. This summer 90 hour experience may be a paid or volunteer position.

What are the CSET exam requirements?

We recommend that you take and pass this Subject Matter Competency test before the program begins, but require only one section to be passed. You must pass all parts of the test before the end of spring semester of your first year. The Multiple Subjects core knowledge test has three parts: Reading and Social Studies; Math and Science; Physical Education, Human Development, Visual and Performing Arts. There is also a fourth subtest, Writing Skills, that you may want to take to replace the CBEST. You cannot participate in the final semester of our program if you have not passed all tests.

What if I fail the CSET test?

You can take the test multiple times if necessary.  You may take each test separately. The CSET test requires concentrated study for most candidates; it is a harder, longer, and more expensive test than the CBEST, the Basic Skills Requirement. Weekend study courses are offered at universities in the area. You can purchase test preparation booklets at most bookstores. Online study guides are also available.

When I graduate from the program, what degree or certificate do I receive? 

Following successful completion of all your coursework and student teaching, you will receive your Master of Arts in Education, emphasis in Teaching, from University of the Pacific. With the assistance of Pacific’s credential office, you will then apply to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing in Sacramento for your preliminary multiple subject teaching credential.

Do I still have to get recommendations if I have been teaching in one of the coalition schools?

Yes, three references will be required of all candidates. Your recommenders will send their letters directly to BATTI, and later upload them online to UOP.

Will the program find me a summer placement in the second summer?

Yes, the program director has many contacts in local public school districts and will help you secure a summer student teaching position. In addition, you may apply for paid positions at partner summer enrichment programs such as Aim High which educate public school children.

Do you get paid for the summer school teaching?

In most cases, public school summer school student teaching is unpaid. But many BATTI students do find paid positions with our partners Aim High, Springboard Collaborative, College Prep Partners, and Heads Up at Head-Royce.

I understand I get my Master’s degree in this program? What is involved in the Master’s work? 

Yes, our Master’s courses are built into the combined credential/ Master’s course sequence. A Master’s project and oral exam are required.

If I already have a Master’s in Education, do I have to enroll in the Pacific Master’s program?

Yes. The Master’s and credential courses are intertwined.

With a BATTI credential, will I be qualified to teach in public schools?

YES! Half of University of the Pacific/BATTI graduates teach in public schools. Through your first year Observer/Participant work and summer school job you will gain public school experience. Your experience in both public and private schools and at many grade levels will be attractive to a public school principal.

Where are BATTI students getting jobs?

Since the first BATTI cohort graduated in June, 2004, teachers have found jobs at many private and public schools throughout the Bay Area, in other states, and abroad. Half of our graduates choose public district and charter school jobs. 98% of the 2018 graduating class have teaching jobs, in Oakland, San Francisco, Albany, San Mateo, Alameda, and more (as well as Virginia and Australia).