A central part of the Cal Teach experience is to provide opportunities for aspiring teachers to gain real-world classroom experience. All Cal Teach introductory courses, as well as three of the five minor courses, contain a fieldwork element that ties in closely with the focus and themes of the course.
Through field placements Cal Teach undergraduates take theories, concepts, and methods from their courses directly into local classrooms. By putting these techniques into practice, Cal Teach students build a teaching toolbox as they progress through the course sequence. By the time undergraduates complete the Cal Teach minor, they will have spent over 100 hours honing their teaching in a local classroom setting.
Our program emphasizes the importance of public education and all Cal Teach field placements are made in local public schools. Many of our students’ placements are in Berkeley and Oakland, although we work with other East Bay districts as well.
In addition to presenting lessons and working alongside local teachers, Cal Teach students act as college-going role models in their field placements. As current college students, Cal Teach undergrads are in a unique position to show K–12 students the importance of college.
Cal Teach field placements take place primarily in East Bay schools and there are a number of ways students can get to and from their school site. Some schools are within easy walking distance of UC Berkeley. Other locations are accessible by bike or public transit. To learn more about field placement transportation options, feel free to contact our Student Services Coordinator.
Field Placement Documents
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.