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Inspire the Future,
Become a Science or Mathematics Teacher


The University of California has committed over $2.2 million to strengthening the state's pipeline of math and science teachers through its CalTeach Program by creating an early pathway each year for 1,700 predominantly STEM majors at 9 UC campuses to explore a career in teaching at the undergraduate level. Through enhanced outreach and recruitment efforts, particularly at its HSI-designated campuses, this commitment will provide up to 250 newly credentialed math and science teachers annually for the next 5 years who are prepared to meet the educational needs of diverse learners and dedicated to teaching in high need schools.


Why is NOW the time to prepare for a career in teaching science and mathematics?

There is currently a critical shortfall of qualified science and mathematics teachers in California classrooms. Because of this shortage, prospective science and mathematics teachers are extremely competitive in securing positions soon after graduation.

They are able to:

  • find internship jobs immediately upon graduation at salaries comparable to entry-level credentialed teachers; these intern opportunities often lead to permanent teaching positions
  • find job openings in the school district of their desire
  • become emerging leaders in the school districts and communities
  • benefit from the financial incentives, including loan-forgiveness programs, offered through the governmentsmi facebook

UCR-SMI is part of the UC-system wide California Teach - Science and mathematics Initiative

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CalTeach-SMI Annual Highlight Report



11/13/17: Claremont Graduate University Credential Information Seminar

11/15/17: Financial Aid for Future STEM Teachers

11/18/17: Road to Teaching Conference  

11/22/17: TTSM General Meeting

11/29/17: Personal Statement Writing Workshop

11/30/17-12/2/17 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference

12/4/17: UCR Teaching Credential information Seminar

12/6/17: TTSM General Meeting

12/9/17: High School Physics Workshop

Winter 2018 (date TBA) MaTHink Conference

Spring 2018 (date TBA) San Diego Science Education Conference

Summer 2018 (date TBA) Summer Physics Academy

Summer 2018 (date TBA) SMI-SALSA Summer Institute 

Summer 2018 (date TBA) Environmental Science Education Summer Institute 



10/5/17: CMC-S Conference Registration

10/6/17: EDUC 3-EDUC 4 Financial Support Applications

11/9/17: NABT Conference Registration

12/1/17: SMI Tier III Scholarship Applicatoins 

12/1/17SMI Apprentice Applications


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

California Teach Science Mathematics Initiative
1315 Pierce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4970
Fax: (951) 827-4971
E-mail: smi@ucr.edu

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