About the Program
The Science and Math Education minor is offered by the CalTeach program. CalTeach is a program for undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors interested in exploring a career in education.
CalTeach at UC Berkeley is working to increase the number of qualified STEM educators in K–12 classrooms. Courses in the CalTeach program are open to any STEM major with a desire to promote math and science education and equity.
CalTeach is unique from other education programs in that it is focused on learning and applying those skills in local classrooms. All the courses in the Science and Math Education minor have field placements in local K-12 STEM classrooms. By the time students graduate with the minor, they will have spent over 100 hours honing their teaching in local classrooms.
The CalTeach program offers STEM students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a California teaching credential as an undergraduate. See teaching credential and minor with CalTeach for more information.
The courses in the Science and Math Education minor cover topics including inquiry-based learning, creating and assessing student learning outcomes, equity in urban education, project-based instruction, methods of conducting and presenting research, and positive teacher-student interactions. The knowledge and skills gained in these courses are integral to success in any field that requires the communication of knowledge to others. This includes, but is not limited to, education, business, scientific/engineering industry, and public service.
Additional scholarships, internships, and research opportunities are provided to students in the CalTeach minor.
Applying for the Minor
It is recommended to schedule a meeting with the CalTeach student services coordinator to discuss your planning and educational goals as early as possible. Learn more about advising resources here.
After completing the introductory course and all five upper division minor courses, speak with the student services coordinator about completing the appropriate paperwork to be awarded the minor.
The minor in Science and Math Education demonstrates a passion and excellence in K-12 STEM Education. Additionally earning the Science and Math minor allows you to apply to the Cal Teach science and math credential program and earn your California Teaching Credential.
To learn more, schedule or plan, and to declare the minor please schedule an appointment with the Cal Teach Student Services Coordinator.
- All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
- Enroll in and complete UGIS 82.
- Speak with the Cal Teach student services coordinator about fitting the courses for the minor into your schedule.
- The minor in Science and Math Education requires five courses. Note that two of these courses also fulfill American Cultures and Historical Studies breadth requirements (EDUC 131AC, and HIST 138T/180T/182AT, respectively).
|Take these three courses in sequence after completing UGIS 82:|
|EDUC 130||Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science||3|
|EDUC 131AC||Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity and Urban Schools||3|
|UGIS 187||Project-Based Instruction||4|
|Complete the following two courses at any point after completing UGIS 82 and before the completion of your bachelor's degree:|
|UGIS 188||Course Not Available||3|
|or UGIS 189||Integrating Research Methods into K-12 Teaching in Mathematics and Science|
|HISTORY 138T||History of Science in the US CalTeach 1||4|
|or HISTORY 180T||History of the Life Sciences Since 1750 (Cal Teach)|
|or HISTORY 182AT||Science, Technology, and Society (Cal Teach)|
The course offered varies by semester. Check classes.berkeley.edu for which course is offered in the upcoming semester.
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