Mentor teacher with a student

Mentor Teachers

General Responsibilities:

If selected as SMI Mentor Teacher, please be aware that there are three distinct tiers of mentee/apprentice participation. The levels of mentee participation are:


(an undergraduate course)

Mentees are expected to observe 3 to 5 hours per week for a minimum of 30 hours (10-week quarter) in the assigned science/mathematics classroom for the academic quarter.  They are not expected to teach a lesson, but are encouraged to do so and/or to actively get involved in classroom activities.


(an undergraduate course)

Mentees are expected to observe and participate in 3 to 5 hours per week for a minimum of 30 hours (10-week quarter) in the assigned science/mathematics classroom for the academic quarter.  They are expected to develop and implement at least one lesson in the assigned science/mathematics classroom while maintaining active involvement in classroom activities.

SMI Apprentices

(yearlong employment with UCR)

These are advanced level students selected after their completion of early field experiences (i.e. EDUC 3 and EDUC 4).  SMI apprentices are expected to complete 5 hours per week in the assigned classroom for each academic quarter.  They are expected to work closely with the assigned mentor teacher by assisting, developing, implementing lessons along with grading class assignments.


All SMI Mentor Teachers are to:


Remain in the classroom throughout the period SMI Mentee(s) is present.

Coordinate with SMI Mentee(s) to establish a schedule for classroom observation/participation for at least 3 hours per week.

Monitor Mentee(s)’ weekly hours and maintain weekly communication with Mentee(s).

Get SMI Mentee(s) involved in as many of the following activities as possible:

  • Lesson preparation
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Administrative duties
  • Attend relevant on-campus functions (i.e. faculty meetings, parent-teacher conferences, curriculum meetings, etc.)
  • EDUC 4 Mentor Teachers: Must agree to allow mentee to co-construct and implement at least one lesson during the academic quarter

Submit bi-quarterly progress verification forms of assigned Mentee(s) to SMI administrative assistant, Allison Clark (forms are provided by SMI).

Establish and utilize SMI Portal.

Maintain current e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number via SMI Portal

Formal Assessment:  Complete a short survey toward the end of the quarter through SMI Portal.

E-mail SMI director, Leslie Bushong, at if you have any questions or concerns.


To become an SMI Mentor Teacher:

complete and return the Mentor Teacher Interest Form to the SMI Resource Center, located at 1315 Pierce Hall.

Science & Mathematics Mentor Teacher/Coach Certificate:

UCR Extension offers a Science & Mathematics Mentor Teacher/Coach Certificate. This program enables middle school and high school science and mathematics teachers to develop effective skills to serve as mentors or coaches to other teachers and/or pre-service students. To enroll, visit UCR Extension Certificates Program.

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