The Cal Teach courses provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of science or math teaching careers. They serve as an introduction to teaching and a foundation for pursuing a teaching career. The courses complement science, math, or engineering majors or minors.

Students typically begin with CaT1 and can continue the numbered sequence through CaT4, with each course associated with middle or high school science or math classroom placement. The Cal Teach: Special Projects independent study supports other types of educational internships, for example helping students to develop Science Fair projects, coaching Math Clubs, or working with small groups of remedial or accelerated students on selected topics. UCSC undergraduates who have successfully completed CaT1 may enroll in the individual Cal Teach: Special Projects by permission with a suitable project.

Cal Teach Courses

Cal Teach 1

EDUC 50B/C *

Fall, Winter
2 units

An introductory seminar exploring secondary students, teaching, and schools in the context of science and/or mathematics instruction. Students must concurrently participate in a secondary school internship. Course material is designed to support and enhance students’ placement experiences.

Admission: By permission through Cal Teach Application.
General Education Codes: PR-S

Cal Teach:

Special Projects
EDUC 197B *

Fall, Winter,

2 units

Individual studies project to work with K-12 students on science or math projects, ideally involving inquiry-based learning. Site supervision provided by a credentialed teacher. Project-dependent reading and writing assignments negotiated with instructor. Projects are offered as available or initiated by student. Enrollment by interview only.

Pre-requisite: Completion of CaT1. Plan about 6 hours of work for the course each week.
Admission: By permission. Must submit Petition for Individual Studies.

Cal Teach 2

EDUC 100B/C *

Winter, Spring
2 units

Examines students, schools, and science and/or mathematics instruction with emphasis on developing an instructional project aligned with state-mandated content standards. Students must concurrently participate in a secondary school internship. Course content designed to support and enhance students’ placement experiences.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CaT1 (course and internship).
Admission:By permission. Must submit Cal Teach Intent Form.

Cal Teach 3



3 units

The new CaT3 course will be offered with EDUC 185B or C as either a prerequisite or co-requisite.   Analyzes student learning of mathematics and science in formal and informal settings.  Assumptions about learning, teaching and schooling are examined as well as considering the contexts and practices that best support the development of students' scientific and mathematical understanding.  Students will study theory and research on student learning and conceptual development and apply these in their classroom practicum.  Students must concurrently participate in a secondary school internship.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CaT2 (course and internship) and EDUC 185B or 185C (this class may be taken concurrently).
Admission: By permission. Must submit Cal Teach Inten to Form.

Cal Teach 4

EDUC 197B or


Fall, Winter,

2 units.

Individual studies project building on a successfully completed upper division Education course. Students must identify an Education Department faculty sponsor to supervise the project, and Cal Teach will provide an appropriate classroom placement to support the project. Plan about 6 hours of work for the course each week.

Prerequisite: successful completion of CaT3 and a suitable plan. Admission: By permission. Must submit Petition for Individual Studies.

*A denotes a section with both math and science classroom internships placements, B denotes a section with math placements, and C denotes a section with science placements.

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Cal Teach Courses in UCSC Academic Programs
(Undergraduate Majors and Minors)

The Cal Teach 1, 2, and 3 sequence and other Education courses are required for the STEM Education Minor, the Bioeducation major, Earth Sciences science education concentration, and the Physics Education major. Students in the Mathematics major education concentration may take CaT1 and CaT2 in lieu of Math 188. The traditional Education minor serves the wide array of students who are interested in K-12 Education and who may be interested in teaching careers at any K-12 level and any subject. The Cal Teach courses are not integrated into this minor program, but Education minors who are also STEM majors are welcome to enroll in the Cal Teach courses.

STEM Education Minor The STEM Education minor was designed to support prospective math or science teachers to prepare for a credential program. The minor requires the CaT1, 2, and 3 sequence, along with EDUC 60, EDUC 185B or EDUC 185C, an education course addressing issues in diversity, and two upper division Education electives.

Education Courses for STEM Minor

CaT1, 2, 3
Cal Teach

5 units

See Above

General Education Codes: PR-S for CaT1; W for CaT2 + CaT3

Introduction to

5 units

This survey course explores the foundations of learning and teaching,
the social and political forces within schools and school systems in the US, and the educational policies and practices in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

General Education Codes: E, Topical

Choose one of the following courses:

Introduction to
Teaching Mathematics

5 units

Provides an introduction to principles and practices for teaching mathematics in secondary classrooms; examines theoretical and practical approaches to teaching mathematics; provides an introduction to national and state standards and an overview of mathematics curricula and current issues in mathematics teaching.

Introduction to
Teaching Science

5 units

An introduction to the principles and practices for teaching science in secondary classrooms. Course examines theoretical and practical approaches to teaching science, provides an introduction to national and state standards and an overview of science curricula and current issues in science teaching.

Choose one course bellow to fulfill the "diversity" requirement:

EDUC 128
Immigrants and

5 units

Research and theory on the education of immigrant students. Major topics include the Americanization movement and America's changing demography, identity maintenance and change, home-school relations, and educators' roles in meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.

General Education Code(s): ER, E

EDUC 135
Gender and Education

5 units

Addresses the changing but continuing patterns of unequal expectations, opportunities, and treatment throughout the educational system for all students, female and male, who do not match a standard model of gender performance.

EDUC 141
Bilingualism and

5 units

Introduces participants to issues related to the schooling of students who speak languages other than or in addition to English. Uses a multidisciplinary perspective to understand the circumstances these students face in schools and considers approaches and policies that best meet their needs.

General Education Code(s): E

EDUC 164
Urban Education

5 units

Focuses on urban schooling through critical readings, fieldwork, group projects, and extensive writing. Students explore how socialization, marginalization, and assimilation impede or support academic success, how class intersects with "race", and how "culture" affects one's orientation to education.

General Education Code(s): E, Satisfies American History and Institutions Requirement

EDUC 170
East Asian Schooling
and Immigration

5 units

Focuses on an historical and contemporary study of education in Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and the adaptation to schooling in the U.S. of immigrant families from those cultures. Topics include the effects on schooling of language acquisition, religion and cultural practices, family patterns, socioeconomic status, career aspirations, and parental expectations. (FormerlySchools and Asian Cultures.)

General Education Code(s): CC

EDUC 177
Teaching Culturally

and Linguistically

Diverse Students

Math and Science

5 units

Examines equity issues in the learning and teaching of math and science in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings. Draws on multicultural, bilingual, and math/science education perspectives. Intended for undergraduate majors considering a K–12 teaching career. Satisfies an elective requirement for the minor in education program. Prior completion of course 180 is advised.

General Education Code(s): ER

EDUC 181
Race, Class, and
Culture in Education

5 units

Examines the schooling experience and educational attainment of racial/ethnic minority students in the U.S. Focuses primarily on domestic minorities. Addresses issues of variability between and within minority groups and the role of cultural, structural, and psychological factors in the educational attainment of these students.

General Education Code(s): ER, E

Choose two additional upper division electives (may include any of the diversity electives above):

EDUC 115
K-12 Student

5 units

Provides an overview of educational testing. Appropriate use and interpretation of standardized, classroom achievement and special needs assessments are examined. Issues on fair testing of diverse populations of students are discussed within each topic area.

EDUC 160
Issues in Educational Reform

5 units

Explores a variety of perspectives on key educational policy issues including desegregation, bilingual education, affirmative action, charter schools, national and state curriculum standards, student assessment and the assessment and certification of teachers.

EDUC 182
American Teacher

5 units

Examines multiple and competing images of "teachers" and, more specifically, notions of the "good teacher"; also explores social, cultural, historical, and policy context of teachers' work in the U.S.

And Others


For more detailed information about when classes are offered you can look at the UCSC Schedule of Classes. For more information you can also look to the UCSC General Catalog.

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