Exploration of K-12 Science

Science Education 15XP - Exploration of K-12 Classroom Practices in Science Education

This course provides an overview and introduction to the field of K-12 science education including equity and access, pedagogy, and career exploration. Students will examine the broad range of student developmental levels and science learning progressions from kindergarten to high school. Pairs of students will be placed in local elementary, middle, or high school classrooms to observe, participate, and assist mentor teachers in instruction. As part of this class, students will develop an original lesson and deliver it to the K-12 students in their mentor teacher's classroom.



Fieldwork in either a local elementary, middle or high school school classroom will include observation as well as presenting an original lesson written by the student. 


Course Meetings:  1 hour 50 minutes per week, with 20 hours of observation in local school.

3 units - P/NP



Students should be making regular progress toward a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Other majors are welcome to apply and your eligibility is based on the amount of science classes you have completed.

This course is open to students regardless of class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior).


How to Apply?

You need to fill out a short online application in order to receive permission to enroll in the seminar though MyUCLA. Once accepted into the seminar,  we will send you a PTE number that will enable you to enroll in the course.

In our main menu, go to "Apply" and choose "Online Applications" from the drop down menu. In "Online Applications" page, select link for the quarter and course of interest.

Note that you will need to provide proof of negative TB status prior to visiting a school (read more about TB requirements).

You must be in good academic standing to enroll in a course as pass/ no pass - see UCLA Academic Regulations.

Please contact the Cal Teach staff  at cateach@chem.ucla.edu with any questions.