Cal Teach

Partner Website:

Contact: Director, Gretchen Andreasen (, 831-459-2484)

Target Audience: prospective K-12 teachers

Applicable to: all departments in PBSci and BSOE; ENVS

Partner Description:

Cal Teach (California Teach) is a UC-wide program for undergraduate science, math, and engineering majors. Its goal is to increase the number and retention of highly qualified math and science teachers in California. UCSC's program offers undergraduates paid K-12 internships, academic and career advising, teacher professional development and mentoring, 2-unit and 3-unit CalTeach courses, and other support towards becoming a credentialed teacher.

Cal Teach provides information specifically for faculty and staff on their website here.

Number of Students Served: 80-100 UCSC undergraduates per academic year

How Researchers Can Contribute:

  • Present information about your lab’s research for prospective teachers during scheduled Cal Teach class meetings. Brief (10 minute) presentations describing your research and its significance will model effective science communication and help future teachers expand their knowledge of current research. Presentations on applied mathematical techniques in science are especially welcome.
  • Develop an activity for STEM Transfer Day to expose prospective transfer students to research underway at UCSC and opportunities for undergraduate engagement. The goal is to encourage community college students -- especially prospective teachers -- to transfer to UCSC. Cal Teach envisions these events to happen every spring and possibly in the fall.
  • Host undergraduate prospective teachers as undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate researchers will carry out a specific research project in your lab, deepening their understanding of scientific research and the process by which science occurs, thus preparing them to be more effective K-12 science teachers. They may also participate in a weekly summer seminar at UC Berkeley specifically designed to support future math and science teachers in research experiences. Cal Teach staff can consult on project design, recruit and pre-screen students, coordinate with UC Berkeley, and facilitate K-12 classroom-based testing of lesson materials. 

In the News:

  • King, Matt. 2011. “Teaching the teachers.” Review Magazine. (link)
  • Landesman, Edward, and Andreasen, Gretchen. 2012. “The University of California Cal Teach Program: Recruiting Highly Qualified Future Teachers of Mathematics and Science.” Notices of the American Mathematical Society. (link)