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Physics majors at UCM interested in pursuing teaching licensure have the opportunity to complete a Natural Science Education Minor and satisfy additional requirements for licensure through either the UC Merced CalTeach program or the recently established UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program.

As a rapidly growing institution and program, UC Merced Physics is currently focusing on recruiting and mentoring students interested in teaching physics as a career. Building on the established CalTeach program, local champions aim to improve infrastructure, accessibility, and awareness around physics teaching as a possible career option. These efforts include establishing a dedicated physics teacher education advisor, advertising teaching as a career in introductory courses, and creating community-building opportunities for students to participate in outreach and engagement activities.

As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UCM is committed to supporting a diverse and highly-qualified cohort of future physics teachers.


Contact UC Merced:

UC Merced
School of Natural Sciences
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA  95343