Preparing the next generation of STEM Teachers


CalTeach-SMI is a community built of STEM undergraduate students exploring and preparing to become future STEM educators.  This UC systemwide program partners with local school districts to provide our future STEM teachers access into middle and high school classrooms where they are mentored by California science/mathematics teachers.  The program mission is to promote STEM education and to increase the pipeline of future science and mathematics teachers in California.

Participation in the program is free. However, all students participants must be a declared STEM major in either the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) or the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE).

CalTeach-SMI provides four general areas of services through course work, field placements, and professional development activities:

  • Early pedagogical training

  • Pre-service advising and mentoring

  • Professional networking

  • Financial support

To get started, sign-up to attend an SMI Information Advising Workshop


Our Mission

To provide multiple pathways for STEM majors to explore careers in STEM teaching to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in California science and mathematics classrooms.



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