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CalTeach gives students the skills, tools and experience to pursue a teaching credential.

Through rigorous courses, program participants learn and practice conceptual teaching skills in local K–12 classrooms, through field experiences and summer internships at local schools. Mentor teachers oversee participants in K–12 math and science classrooms. Most CalTeach programs also offer a minor or concentration in math and/or science education that focuses on teaching those subjects.

Three UC campuses — Berkeley, Irvine and Los Angeles — offer accelerated credential programs that provide CalTeach students with two options: earn a teaching credential along with the baccalaureate degree or combine the last year of undergraduate studies with the first year of credential studies.

In collaboration with UC faculty and graduate students, CalTeach programs also sponsor research that contributes to our understanding of effective practices for math and science education. Sample topics include CalTeach graduates’ preparedness for teaching, the effect of field experiences on attitudes toward teaching and public education, and effective methods for tracking the CalTeach graduates who enter teaching careers.

CalTeach provides a rich array of academic and career preparation opportunities for students interested in pursuing a math or science teaching credential. Its components are grounded in current research on the best practices in teacher preparation. Although campus programs have distinct approaches to teacher preparation, common features across CalTeach programs include:

  • Recruiting and advising
  • Relevant STEM and education curriculum
  • Field experiences
  • Research opportunities
  • Exposure to professional environments
  • Faculty collaboration across disciplines
  • Mentorship by current K–12 teachers
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Community college partnerships
  • Financial aid for students and stipends for mentor teachers