This year has been especially challenging for CalTeach students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Spring, many CalTeach students had to return home, lost their campus-based jobs, and had to assume additional responsibilities to support their families. Regardless, CalTeach student teachers continued to help their mentor teachers and students remotely. They learned how to use new technologies, conducted instruction via video, created curriculum, graded, and worked with students one on one. CalTeach student teachers supported over 3500 middle and high school students this year. Numerous student teacher needs arose during this time that we were able to meet, including the need for technology, school supplies and additional training and materials. With uncertainty remaining about what schools, both at UCI and at the K-12 levels, will look like next school year, your help is especially appreciated to meet unexpected and urgent needs.
The UCI CalTeach program works in collaboration with the School of Physical Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences, and the School of Education to provide undergraduate science and math students with the opportunity to earn a teaching credential alongside their bachelor’s degree in just 4 years. Since CalTeach’s first graduating cohort in 2012, we have contributed over 200 math and science students to California’s teaching force. Of those who completed the program, 93% are still teaching today, the majority in low-income communities!
Your donation today will help alleviate the financial burden our students face in pursuing a teaching credential (upwards of $1,000). Specifically, your support today will help fund:
- Transportation Costs to Fieldwork Sites
- Testing fees (CSET, CBEST and edTPA)
- Teaching supplies
- Professional clothing for the classroom
- Tutoring support
Thank you in advance for helping prepare our students to be future math and science educators!