Mission & Goals

Our Mission

  • To increase the number of highly qualified teachers in science and mathematics annually into California 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

More Information

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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