The CalTeach minor, also known as the minor in Science and Math Education, consists of six courses which explore different aspects of science and mathematics education with an emphasis on secondary-level curricula. While the courses focus on math and science education, any Berkeley undergraduate is eligible to declare and complete the minor.

Introductory Course

Consisting of a 2-hour weekly seminar class, CalTeach's introductory courses offers a starting point for those interested in exploring what this program has to offer. The seminar includes a field placement in a local K–8 math or science classroom. Beginning in elementary and middle school classrooms allows CalTeach students to focus on teaching skills, classroom dynamics, and how to break down advanced math and science content so that it is accessible to younger students.

EDSTEM 82: K-8 Teaching and Inquiry-Based Lesson Design in the Science and Mathematics Classroom

This course surveys basic approaches to K–8 science and math teaching through modeling inquiry-based teaching and discussion. Topics include inquiry-based pedagogy, assessment techniques, lesson plan design and revision, and child development. Students are placed in science and math learning environments with upper elementary and middle school children to practice teaching. This seminar offers an opportunity to explore teaching, foster children's natural curiosity, and inspire local students. The course includes a field placement of 1 hour per week with a teacher in a local K–8 classroom. 

The course includes a field placement of 1 hour per week with a teacher in a local K–8 classroom. (requires 12 hours total)

EDSTEM 82T: K-12 Tutoring in Science and Mathematics

This course provides an introduction to basic approaches to tutoring and teaching in science, computer science, engineering and math (STEM) subjects for elementary-, secondary- and college-aged students. Topics include effective STEM pedagogy and assessment; lesson plan design and revision for culturally relevant STEM content; attention to equity across diverse educational settings; and areas of child, adolescent and young adult development relevant to learning. Students will tutor one or more students in field experiences, supporting STEM enrichment and learning support activities either remotely or in tutoring centers/after school programs. This seminar offers an opportunity to develop tutoring and teaching approaches, learn how to foster students’ natural curiosity, and inspire students of all ages to engage in STEM learning.

The course includes a field placement of 1 hour per week in a one-to-one tutoring capacity. (requires 12 hours total)

Minor Courses

The five courses listed below comprise the CalTeach minor, and each focuses on specific teaching topics, themes, and skills. Please visit the Minor Program page for further details.

EDUC 130: Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

Prerequisite: EDSTEM 82 or EDSTEM 82T

Fulfills: Social and Behavioral Sciences Breadth

This course offers a sequence of collaborative problem-solving and reflection activities through which students will be able to appreciate and develop a coherent, effective approach to the teaching and learning of any mathematical or scientific conceptual domain. Issues of cognition, culture, and pedagogy will emerge from participants' struggles to explain their own reasoning. In-class problem solving experiences will provide grist for reflection. Extensive readings will be discussed in bCourses forums.

The course includes a field placement of 2 hours per week with a teacher in a local middle or high school classroom. (requires 24 hours total)

EDUC 131AC: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity and Urban Schools

Prerequisite: EDUC 130

Fulfills: American Cultures AND Philosophy Values Breath if in L&S (For other colleges, see your college advisor.)

This course continues the process of preparing students to teach science and mathematics in secondary schools by providing opportunities to evaluate challenges they face in instructional settings. We will explore frameworks for thinking about equity issues in the classroom and beyond school settings, learn strategies for teaching students of diverse backgrounds, and consider how classroom interactions enable students to develop a deep conceptual understanding of the subject matter.

The course includes a field placement of 2 hours per week with a teacher in a local middle or high school classroom. (requires 24 hours total)

EDSTEM 187: Project-Based Instructiton

Prerequisite: EDUC 131AC

Framed around the topic of sustainability, the course engages students from different math, science, and engineering majors in the process of applying the content knowledge from their discipline to build project-based curricula for presentation. Students develop pedagogical content knowledge and relate teaching theory to practice through readings, classroom activities, discussion, lesson planning, and field observations.

The course includes a field placement of 3–4 hours per week with a teacher in a local middle or high school classroom. (requires 48 hours total)

UGIS/EDUC C122, EDSTEM 189: Research Methods for Science and Math K–12 Teachers

UGIS/EDUC 122: Research Methods for Teachers

Students undertake several in-depth research projects to develop methods for engaging in authentic research in the science or mathematics content area related to their major. Interactive lectures and labs are designed to meet the needs of future teachers by practicing specific techniques--including statistics, mathematical modeling, and scientific writing--needed to address scientific questions so that they may guide their future K–12 students to develop skills in problem solving and research.

EDSTEM 189: Integrating Research Methods into K-12 Teaching in Mathematics and Science

This course is designed to provide connections between research methods and science and math content learned in a research lab with teaching in the K-12 classroom. Hands-on inquiry-based science and math lessons are modeled and discussed. Students write research proposals, create posters demonstrating their research accomplishments, develop K-12 lesson plans that align with their research, and assemble digital portfolios on standards-based teaching and assessment.

EDSTEM 189 is by application only. Please visit our Summer Research Institute page for more information.

HIST 100ST, 138T, 180T, 182CT: History of Science with CalTeach Perspectives Section

Fulfills: Historical Studies Breadth

These courses are parallel to HIST 100S, 138, 180, and 182A, respectively, and are intended for students interested in teaching elementary or secondary school science and math. Each of these courses satisfies the L&S Historical Studies breadth requirement. Students in the "T" course will attend the regular lectures as well as this special section. The section will focus on techniques, skills, and perspectives necessary to apply the history of science in the juvenile and adolescent science classroom, including pedagogy; devising lesson plans for their classrooms, finding reliable historical information, and writing. Any of these courses will satisfy the Perspectives requirement for the CalTeach minor. At least one is offered each semester.

Credential Program Information

Students admitted to the credential program engage in student teaching and enroll concurrently in the final CalTeach course, EDSTEM 303 Apprentice Teaching. 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 at least 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.

EDSTEM 303: Apprentice Teaching

Apprentice Teaching (EDSTEM 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.

Course Pathways

There are many ways to complete the CalTeach minor and earn a credential as an undergraduate. Depending on when you begin the course sequence we recommend you take different classes each year. The pathway is somewhat flexible, however it is important to keep in mind that some courses have prerequisites. To see suggested course sequences, please use the pathway tool below.

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