CalTeach (CaT), also known as the Science and Mathematics Initiative, is a UC system-wide program. The purpose of CalTeach is to recruit and mentor mathematics, science, and engineering students who are interested in becoming mathematics and science teachers. It consists of a sequence of courses and experiences — including time in K-12 classrooms — to help our students become great teachers. In this way, CalTeach hopes to address the shortage of highly qualified mathematics and science teachers in California.
The CaT1 courses introduce our prospective teachers to how children learn science and mathematics in the elementary grades. As a part of CaT1 our students also work in local classrooms with mentor teachers, where they experience the learning of science and mathematics first-hand.
The CaT2 courses look at learning science or mathematics in junior high and high school. Once again, UCSB relies on the expertise of local mentor teachers to provide the vital classroom experience.
The full series of courses can be seen on the Undergrad CalTeach Coursework page.
The popular Minor in Science and Mathematics Education allows students to participate in discipline-specific courses in mathematics and science education. Coursework for the minor includes CaT2, two general education courses, and two disciplinary-specific courses. A number of courses in the minor include time in classrooms.
It is a goal of CalTeach that UCSB undergraduates will then apply to excellent teacher education programs such as the Teacher Education Program at UCSB's Gevirtz School.