Math, science, and engineering students may explore teaching without any long-term commitment by taking lower-division 2- or 3-unit pass/no pass seminars (Science Education 1XP, 10XP, 15XP) that provide hands-on experiences in local, elementary, middle, or high schools to decide if teaching science is for them. Students then have the opportunity to continue to the capstone course that has a high school focus (Sci Ed 100XP). All of these courses combine the theoretical learning in the seminar with the practical application of the hands-on internship.
Open to all class levels: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.
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A one-week intensive summer internship, offered the week prior to the beginning of Fall Quarter, provides an opportunity for continued exploration in high needs schools throughout the Los Angeles area.
SCIENCE EDUCATION MINOR
The Science Education Minor provides preparation for careers where teaching and conveying science are important components, including secondary, community college, and university teaching, or other science-related outreach.
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UNDERGRADUATE CREDENTIAL PATHWAY (STEP)
For those students who have made the decision to become a science teacher, the Science Teacher Education Program (STEP) provides the opportunity to combine your undergraduate and graduate studies and accelerate the timeline to becoming a science teacher. In this program, you would take credential courses during your senior year (last year before graduating) and the summer following graduation, to obtain your credential by the end of summer.
Learn more about the Science Teacher Education Program (STEP).