Application portfolios for the 2016 fall credential cohort were due on March 15. Application portfolios for the 2017 spring credential cohort are due on October 1.
Undergraduates who have completed the Cal Teach minor and have declared a major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field are eligible to apply for the credential program, which supports them to get a math or science secondary school teaching credential and begin teaching middle or high school after graduating. Students admitted to the credential program engage in student teaching and enroll concurrently in the final Cal Teach course, UGIS 303 Apprentice Teaching. The Cal Teach Credential Program is unusual in the state of California in that it grants credentials concurrent with undergraduate education. This allows aspiring teachers to enter the classroom sooner, and with less expense, than they would have with a typical post-baccalaureate credential.
Application Forms and Information
- Credential Timeline
- Application Information, Requirements, and Form
- Required CSET Exams
- Certificate of Clearance Application Instructions
UGIS 303 – Apprentice Teaching
Apprentice Teaching (UGIS 303) meets one afternoon each week for two hours. Taught as a seminar, the course provides a supportive and collaborative environment where apprentice teachers share their experiences and successes and work through classroom challenges. One of the central components of Apprentice Teaching is the teacher inquiry project: a systematic, data-based investigation that teachers use to improve their professional practice. Instructors and peers provide guidance and feedback as apprentice teachers plan, implement, and evaluate these projects. The finished project portfolio serves as the final evaluation for the course. The course also emphasizes curriculum and assessment planning, and instructional strategies to actively engage students.
To complete this option, you must have time in your schedule to complete student teaching and the Apprentice Teaching course during your last semester at Berkeley, or during one semester of a fifth year. The student teaching placement will require approximately 2 hours per day in the classroom, plus travel and prep time; the exact timing will depend upon the schedule of the school where you are doing your student teaching placement.
Admission to the credential program is restricted to students who are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. Students in non-STEM majors should contact the Student Services Coordinator to request an evaluation of their coursework and receive advice about what the Admissions Committee will be looking for and potential suggestions for additional or alternate coursework.
If you choose to defer your admission to the Cal Teach Credential Program, please complete and return the Deferral Request Form to the Student Services Coordinator.
Cal Teach uses Chalk & Wire for a variety of credentialing purposes, including submitting your edTPA, collecting your credential recommendation components, and obtaining evaluations from university supervisors and cooperating teachers.
Our five-course minor is designed to be completed along side your STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) degree.
Students who complete the minor are eligible to apply for the Cal Teach Credential program, a unique opportunity to graduate with both a degree and a teaching credential.