While each CalTeach program reflects the distinct character and history of each of the nine campus programs and 28 community college partnerships, all programs are bound by ten essential components that represent best practices in undergraduate teacher preparation.
Recruiting and Advising
CalTeach identifies incoming UC students intending to major in mathematics or science, and issues these students personalized invitations to consider teaching. Coupled with this recruitment effort is a strong advising program.
For students who opt to consider teaching, UC campuses offer a coherent sequence of courses in science and education and in mathematics and education. This sequence is designed to provide an early introduction to the daily, practical issues common to K-12 classrooms within a science or math context.
Students take on a variety of roles in classrooms, from observing to assisting with teaching. These experiences provide CalTeach participants direct contact with K-12 students and also give participants a sense of responsibility and purpose.
Participants develop scientific thinking and mathematical reasoning skills, and learn research and evaluation methods. While assisting their mentor teachers, they learn how to apply these skills and methods in their teaching practices.
Exposure to Professional Experiences
Students gain early professional experiences through conferences, credential program recruitment fairs, and various network-building activities.
Faculty Collaboration (Education, Mathematics, Science)
Science, mathematics, and education faculty work together to design curricula and innovative instructional strategies to help students acquire deep mathematical and scientific knowledge, research techniques, and pedagogical skills.
Mentor K-12 Teachers
Mentor teachers oversee student field experiences in K-12 mathematics and science classrooms. The mentors model important lessons in everything from classroom management to delivery of instruction for students of different backgrounds and circumstances
The University continues to refine an online data system to record, document, and manage all aspects of CalTeach.
Community College Partnerships
Parallel programs established at various community colleges enable transfer students to enter UC CalTeach programs having already completed the first two courses in the four-course CalTeach sequence.
Financial Incentives for Students/Stipends for Mentor Teachers
CalTeach students may receive modest financial support to offset travel and other expenses they incur while participating in field placements Mentor teachers receive stipends for each student they supervise.