The math focus of UCLA Cal Teach offers up to four years of courses, field experiences and professional networking opportunities for undergraduates interested in teaching secondary mathematics.
Math, science, and engineering students may explore teaching without any long-term commitment by taking lower-division 3 unit pass/no pass seminars (Math 73XP or Math 74XP or Math 75XP) that provide hands-on experiences in local, elementary, middle, or high schools to decide if teaching math is for them. Open to all class levels: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Our one-week intensive summer internship, offered the week prior to the beginning of Fall Quarter, provides an opportunity for continued exploration in high needs schools throughout the Los Angeles area.
Internship scheduling and other logistics for these three exploratory courses and the summer internship are administered by the Cal Teach office housed in 1039 Young Hall.
Upper division courses offered through the math department (Math 105 ABC) provide a more in-depth examination of math pedagogy along with observations in high school. This course sequence is administered entirely by the math department.
Students who have made the decision to become a math secondary teacher have the opportunity to combine their undergraduate and graduate studies and accelerate the timeline to becoming a math teacher (Joint Math Education Program). JMEP students begin credential work in their senior year as an undergraduate, and then complete their Masters of Education in the year following graduation. This program is a collaboration between the UCLA Mathematics department and the UCLA Graduate School of Education.
The math department also offers the Integrated Pathway program which enables math students to complete their credential work as an undergraduate.
For more information and to apply for either JMEP or the Integrated Pathway, please go to the UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching. Also see UCLA Graduate School of Education Undergraduate Programs.