Recruiting, Supporting, and Preparing Exceptional Science and Mathematics Teachers
CalTeach is a University of California system-wide program to recruit, support, and prepare exceptional secondary science and mathematics teachers. The initiative began in response to both state and national concerns about the critical shortage of qualified science and mathematics teachers.
CalTeach at UCSB includes opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate teacher credential students. These opportunities are outlined below.
At the undergraduate level, CalTeach combines quality courses and classroom experiences to prepare students to enter a teacher credential program, such as the UCSB Gevirtz School’s Teacher Education Program. Many students taking CalTeach courses opt to fulfill the Science and Mathematics Education Minor. In addition, the Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering program, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides internship opportunities for undergraduates pursuing majors in chemistry, engineering, and physics to explore teaching as a career. Learn more about Noyce CTPSE here.
At the graduate teacher education level, those who have taken CalTeach courses and/or participated in CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering program as undergraduates are given preference for Noyce Teacher Scholar awards. For 2014-2018, the Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering award is available for students seeking a secondary credential in chemistry or physics UCSB Teacher Education Program. The Noyce Scholar award requires recipients to commit to two years of teaching in a high-need school. Noyce Teacher Scholars participate in regular enrichment activities and join a community of Noyce Teacher Scholars in California and the nation. For additional financial support for secondary science and mathematics teachers, see the Financial Support link on the left. Learn more information about Noyce CTPSE here.
Noyce Scholars: Please complete the forms at E-Sign Online.
Application for Noyce, Hearst, and Tuohy Scholarships for Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Applicants for 2014-15: Here
Applications for Noyce CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Internship 2014-15: Here
NEW UNDERGRADUATE OPPORTUNITY: UCSB Learning Assistants Program in Chemistry
A Learning Assistants Program in Chemistry is being developed to achieve the following goals: (1) to improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates;and (2) to recruit and prepare talented science majors for careers in teaching. LAs work directly with peers in the general chemistry laboratory in a role similar to that of a Teaching Assistant (TA). This experience provides an opportunity for the LAs to develop deeper chemistry content knowledge, communication and teaching skills, and a deeper understanding of the learning process and compassion towards the students struggling to learn concepts. As the LAs learn STEM education pedagogy, they can practice what they learn as LAs in the chemistry lab.
To receive course credit, LAs enroll in CHEM 183, a Teaching Assistant course for undergrads. CHEM 183 will meet Friday, 11 – 11:50 AM, in Phelps 1508.
To apply, go to the following click on the following: Chem183 Learning Assistant Application F14
Physics Nobel Laureate and nationally recognized science educator, Dr. Carl Wieman, presented "Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education" at UCSB on February 19, 2013. See his PowerPoint on the need to reform undergraduate science education.
Read the news article about Dr. Wieman's visit.
For more information about UCSB's CalTeach contact:
UCSB CalTeach Program Director
For more information on the UC-wide CalTeach Science and Mathematics Initiative: