Frequently Asked Questions

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

In order to participate in CalTeach, you need to have coursework in science, mathematics, or engineering and an interest in exploring the idea of pursuing a career in teaching science or mathematics at the 7-12 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 course (ED3A or ED4A). These are introductory courses with a field placement at a local school.

If you have already taken a CaT 1 course and are interested in pursuing a career in teaching further, you should sign up for a CaT 2 course (ED130 or ED131). If you are a transfer student or an upperclassman, it is possible to take a CaT 2 course without having taken a CaT 1 course.

You may also want to consider 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 a shortage of credentialed 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 Science, Mathematics, and/or Engineering (undergraduate or graduate) students who are considering a career in teaching.

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.