California Teach Math - Elementary School

Pedagogical Content Preparation: The Math 71SL Seminar

Math 71SL is a 2-unit seminar course designed to expose students to current issues in elementary mathematics education. Students will learn pedagogical strategies for teaching elementary mathematics and examine the elementary mathematics curriculum from a pedagogical perspective. Students will complete readings of relevant mathematics education research as well.

Field Experience: Observations in an Elementary School

Students  will observe mathematics teaching in a local elementary school during the quarter in which they take Math 71SL (winter or spring). Students will keep field notes of their observations and discuss them in the Math 71SL seminar. Students also record their observations in the UCOP CalTeach Portal, an online system. The field experience requirement is approximately 3 hours per week; 24 hours total during the quarter.

Content Preparation:

Students must be making regular progress toward a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Note that you may not take both Math 71SL (Cal Teach Math - Elementary School) and Science Education 1SL (Cal Teach Science - Elementary School). You may only take one Cal Teach course at the elementary level. However, either Math 71SL or Sci Ed 1SL will satisfy the prerequisite for Math 72SL (Math Middle School) or Sci Ed 10SL (Science Middle School).

This course is open to students regardless of class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior).

How to Apply?

You need to fill out a short online application in order to receive permission to enroll in the seminar though MyUCLA. Once accepted into the seminar,  we will send you a PTE number that will enable you to enroll in the course.

In our main menu, go to "Apply" and choose "Online Applications" from the drop down menu. In "Online Applications" page, select link for the quarter and course of interest.

Note that you will need to provide proof of negative TB status prior to visiting a school (read more about TB requirements).

You must be in good academic standing to enroll in a course as pass/ no pass - see UCLA Academic Regulations.

Please contact the Cal Teach staff  at with any questions.