UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Teacher Education Program (TEP)


Undergraduate Program

Minor—Science and Mathematics Education—Elementary Track

Minor—Science and Mathematics Education—Secondary Track

If you are interested in teaching science or mathematics, please consider the Science and Mathematics Education Minor. The Science and Mathematics Education Minor is for science, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates interested in teaching mathematics or science. Undergraduates who enroll in the Science and Mathematics Education Minor will gain a deeper understanding of science and mathematics content, students and student learning, instructional strategies effective in conveying content to students, and the structure and purposes of schools. They will observe, help design, and participate in the teaching of science or mathematics to elementary, middle, and high school students.

This minor is an integral part of UCSB’s CalTeach/Science and Mathematics Initiative. CalTeach/SMI is a UC-wide initiative intended to recruit more STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) undergraduates into secondary science and mathematics teaching, and to better prepare these beginning teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners in California’s public schools. Participating departments at UCSB include: Education (ED); Mathematics (MATH); Chemistry (CHEM); Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB); Physics (PHYS); and Environmental Studies (ENV S).