Program overview

Want to explore teaching?

For those students interested in exploring teaching without any long-term commitment, we offer 2-unit pass/no pass seminars with an associated 24-hour per quarter internship (field experience) that combine the theoretical learning in the seminar with the practical application of the hands-on internship.  In your first quarter of involvement, the focus of the seminar and internship is the elementary school level. Students then have the opportunity to continue to the middle school level.

We offer both a science focus (Science Education 1SL, Science Education 10SL) and a math focus (Math 71SL, Math 72SL), depending upon your interest. You may take one course at the elementary level (either math or science) and one course at the middle school level (either math or science). These four exploratory courses are lower division and are considered to be service learning courses. These courses are open to all science, engineering and math students regardless of your class level (including graduate students); however, we generally place first year students (freshman) into the elementary level only.

For science, we also offer an upper division high school seminar and associated 24-hour field experience that is our capstone service-learning course and is offered for 5 units with grades (Science Education 100SL). The math department also offers upper division courses in math pedagogy that include associated field experiences at the middle and high school levels (Math 103 A and Math 105 A, B, C) for those students with a math focus.

During the summer, we offer a one-week paid internship ($450) in high needs schools throughout the Los Angeles area. This opportunity is open to UCLA undergraduates (including incoming transfer students) who would like to continue to explore teaching, and generally takes place the week before Fall Quarter begins.

To learn more about the above opportunities, go to the "Teach Science" and "Teach Math" drop down menus above.

Already decided to teach?

In their senior year, students who have made the decision to become either a science teacher or a math teacher have the opportunity to combine their undergraduate and graduate studies and accelerate the timeline to becoming a middle or high school teacher. For science, you may apply for the Science Teacher Education Program (STEP). For math, you may apply for the Joint Math Education Program (JMEP). Acceptance into either of these accelerated credential programs makes you eligible to apply for up to $18,000 in forgivable loans for your senior year (through 2016-17), and a $2,000 scholarship for the summer session between your undergraduate and graduate year. Science students may also be eligible to apply for some additional scholarship support during the Spring Quarter of their junior year after being accepted and committing to the program.

S-STEM Scholarships: this scholarship is available for those students with financial need who intend to pursue a career teaching secondary school (middle or high) math or science. These scholarships provide up to $7,000 for Winter/Spring of your junior (penultimate) year, and up to $10,000 for Fall, Winter, Spring of your senior (final) year. Applications are due in the Fall Quarter of your junior year for junior year, with a renewal application in Spring Quarter of your junior year to continue into the senior year. (Available through 2018.) Learn more

Other opportunities:

The Science Education Minor is a free-standing, interdisciplinary program bridging teaching and learning in the sciences. Students interested in an interdisciplinary background in science and who also want to learn how they and others learn science should find this minor beneficial. This minor is useful both for helping you prepare for a teaching assistantship in grad school, and/or to jump-start a career in secondary school teaching. It is also useful to those potentially pursuing a career where teaching is an important component, such as in academia at a University, Four-Your College, or Community College, or other science-related outreach.

The Math for Teaching Major is offered by the math department, and provides a rigorous degree in math that makes you eligible either to continue graduate studies or pursue a career teaching secondary math.

The Teaching Secondary Mathematics Minor is offered through the math department, beginning Fall 2014. This minor is designed for students majoring in fields other than mathematics who plan to teach secondary mathematics after graduation. Please contact Connie Jung at connie@math.ucla.edu  for more information.