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The UC Merced CalTeach program is designed to address the shortage of science and mathematics teachers in California's elementary, middle and secondary schools, particularly in the Central Valley region. This innovative program recruits and prepares mathematics and science majors for teaching careers by providing special coursework and field experiences in K-12 schools in the Central Valley, as well as direct pathways to a teaching credential in California. CalTeach at UC Merced offers two education minors, scholarships, and internships/externships. Visit our office in Science & Engineering 1- 270.


Virtual Summer Academy, Other Sessions, Reached Students Around the Country. Lorena Anderson, UC Merced Newsroom

"Students and faculty worked with a record number of schoolchildren from Merced, the Bay Area and Southern California all the way to Washington, D.C., enriching their learning and increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math." 

UC Merced Brings NSF ‘Computer Science for All’ Program to Merced Schools. Leigh Bernacchi, UC Merced Newsroom

"The National Science Foundation awarded a $300,000, two-year grant to support START-UP SJV, which stands for “STEM Teachers Alliance for Regional Tech thinking through Underrepresented Professional development in the San Joaquin Valley.” 

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Featured News

Professor Stephanie Woo, left, and graduate student Leesa Strasser are trying to unlock the mechanics of endodermal cells. Photo by Veronica Adrover, UC Merced.
February 1, 2023

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given Professor Stephanie Woo the CAREER award to help her delve into congenital birth defects by looking at the embryonic cells of zebrafish. Woo is the...

Campus outreach programs like the new START UP SJV help area teachers engage younger students with the sciences.
September 21, 2020

The technology world is punctuated by startups, and UC Merced is “starting up” its own program to invigorate computer science education in the San Joaquin Valley. The National Science...

CalTeach helps address the shortage of math and science teachers through innovative programming.
March 24, 2020

When you add UC Merced students majoring in math and science with a mentor teacher it equals real-life experience teaching in local schools. That’s one of the many goals of UC Merced’s...