Overview of CalTeach
CalTeach, also known as the Science and Mathematics Initiative (SMI), is a UC system-wide program. The purpose of CalTeach is to recruit and mentor undergraduates who are interested in becoming great K-12 mathematics and science teachers. CalTeach consists of a sequence of courses and experiences — including time in K-12 classrooms. In this way, CalTeach hopes to help address the shortage of highly qualified elementary and secondary teachers in California.
The CalTeach 1 (CaT1) courses, ED 128 and ED 129, introduce prospective teachers to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in the elementary grades. As a part of CaT1, undergraduates work in local classrooms with mentor teachers, where they experience the learning of science and mathematics firsthand. These courses are part of the Elementary Track of the Minor in Science and Mathematics Education.
The CaT2 courses, ED 130 and ED 131, look at the teaching and learning of science or mathematics in junior high and high school. Once again, UCSB relies on the expertise of local mentor teachers to provide vital classroom experience. These courses are part of the Secondary Track of the Minor in Science and Mathematics Education.
The full series of courses can be seen on the Undergrad CalTeach Coursework page.
Minor in Science and Mathematics Education
The popular Minor in Science and Mathematics Education allows undergraduates to gain a deep understanding of mathematics and science education. There are two tracks: the Elementary (K-8) Track and the Secondary (7-12) Track. Coursework for the each track includes CaT1 or CaT2 courses, two general education courses, and two disciplinary-specific courses.
It is a goal of CalTeach that UCSB undergraduates, once they graduate, will apply to excellent teacher education programs, such as the Teacher Education Program at UCSB's Gevirtz School.