Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be a part of the CalTeach program?

To participate in CalTeach, you simply need to be interested in teaching -- either teaching at the elementary school level or teaching mathematics or science at the secondary school level. 

How do I join the CalTeach program?

Enroll in one of our courses or contact Sue Johnson at or 805-893-8091.

What courses should I take?

To begin the CalTeach program, you typically start with a CaT 1 (ED 128 or ED 129) or a CaT 2 (Ed 130 or ED 131) course. These courses serve as introductions to mathematics or science education and include a field placement at a local school. You can take one or several of these courses. They can be taken in any order.

If you enjoy these courses, you may want to consider pursuing the Minor in Science and Mathematics Education.

Can I take a CaT course without commiting to the Minor in Science and Mathematics Education?

Yes, you are welcome to enroll in the introductory courses, CaT 1 or CaT 2, to learn more about science and mathematics education and explore the idea of a teaching career.

What do I need to do in order to get a teaching credential?

You will need to complete a teacher credential program in order to get a teaching credential. There are many different options available, including the Teacher Education Program here at UCSB. For more information about that program click here.

Are there jobs for new science and mathematics teachers?

YES. California and other states across the country have shortages of credentialed, particularly teachers of science and mathematics in grades 7-12. Many of California's teachers are expected to retire in the next decade. As a result, newly credentialed science and mathematics teachers are sought after by districts across California.

What are the typical salaries of California science and mathematics teachers?

Salaries vary between school districts and generally are based on experience and college or professional development units completed beyond the bachelor's degree. Some districts pay bonuses for advanced degrees or extra duty. The 2008 National Education Association website lists the average beginning teachers salary in California as $37,645 and the overall salary average for California teachers as $59,345.

What type of students do you recruit for CalTeach?

We are looking for the best and the brightest undergraduate students who are considering a career in teaching mathematics or science.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

Dr. Susan Johnson at or Dr. Julie Bianchini at

How is this different from having a student teacher?

The CalTeach students are not enrolled in a graduate teacher education program. While they have expressed an interest in teaching, they have not necessarily made a commitment to pursue a teaching career. They will spend approximately 3-5 hours per week in your room observing your classroom practice, working with individuals or small groups of students, and possibly leading an activity or portion of a lesson.

Is it possible to have more than one CalTeach student working in my classroom?

As our program is rapidly growing, there may be a need to place more than one CalTeach student in a classroom. If this would be helpful for you and your students, feel free to contact us.