Launched in 2005, the University of California Science and Math Teacher Initiative (SMI/CalTeach) helps to address California’s serious shortage in the supply of well-qualified K-12 mathematics and science teachers by improving California’s undergraduate pipeline to mathematics and science teaching credentials.
In response to a call by then-Governor Schwarzenegger to address the state’s shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers, UC launched the CalTeach program in 2005. Since then, CalTeach has been successfully recruiting, preparing, and motivating talented undergraduates to explore careers as math or science educators. Housed at all nine of UC’s undergraduate campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz – programs invite students majoring in math or science to augment their studies with a sequence of CalTeach courses and fieldwork experiences that introduce them to teaching while they concurrently complete undergraduate degrees. These courses, together with research opportunities and practical experience in K-12 classrooms, complement participants’ discipline-specific studies and prepare them to seek a teaching credential while or after earning a bachelor’s degree.