About CalTeach SMI

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.



  • To encourage and create multiple pathways for students interested in science, mathematics, and engineering to consider teaching as a career

  • To facilitate in and advisement of students toward completing a Bachelor's degree in science, mathematics, or engineering along with the possibility of establishing eligibility towards entrance into an intern teaching credential program 

  • To engage students in peer-mentorship opportunities to develop and enrich professional networking systems 

  • To provide courses that include an introduction to schools and teaching as a profession, cultural diversity, and education and educational psychology 

  • To provide field experiences in K-12 classrooms with supervised "mentor teachers" focusing on discipline-specific teaching methods to meet state teacher credentialing requirements

  • To provide information about financial incentives, including loan-forgiveness programs

  • To provide information on credential requirements

  • To prepare students in areas related to career planning

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