Internships & Financial Support

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 any science, math, or engineering major or minor.


CaT courses. Students typically begin with CaT1 and can continue the numbered sequence through CaT3, 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.

Learning Assistants. Learning Assistants (LAs) enroll in a 3-unit teaching pedagogy course while participating in a UCSC teaching team for a lower-division science course; LAs practice classroom-based active-learning instructional techniques that support course instruction. Both first-time and experienced Cal Teach interns benefit from the LA teaching experience.

Intensive Internship. The annual September intensive internship provides an opportunity to explore teaching through a full-time, one-week classroom internship outside our normal academic program -- both first-time and returning interns can experience a diverse, high-need school environment, either rural or urban, through this non-credit-bearing internship.