UC Merced Extension Education Programs has developed a plan for preparing teachers, which is defined by our Mission and Vision statements and is aligned with the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) and the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
The UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program exists to develop culturally responsive educators who equitably facilitate cross-disciplinary, integrative learning to catalyze student potential and empowerment.
The UC Merced Extension Teacher Preparation Program aspires to be a recognized model for developing culturally responsive teachers who are committed to empowering their students. The Teacher Preparation Program is aligned with the vision of the University of California, Merced—upholding 21st century priorities for interdisciplinary learning and public service. To achieve this aspiration, the Teacher Preparation Program:
- Aims to establish culturally respectful communication regarding questions, ideas, and solutions in the context of the Teacher Preparation Program courses and clinical placements.
- Aims to nurture collaboration between teacher candidates and students to achieve learning goals, maximizing collective talent and expertise.
- Aims to develop skills for critical and creative problem-solving among teacher candidates and students, applicable to all content domains.
The Curriculum Advisory Board provides oversight of Education Programs and Courses.
Chelsea Arnold, Ph.D., Program Director, SMI/CalTeach, UC Merced School of Natural Sciences
Mayya Tokman, Ph.D., Professor, Applied Mathematics and Faculty Director, SMI/CalTeach, UC Merced School of Natural Sciences
Zenaida Aguirre-Munoz, Ph.D., Professor, Cognitive Science, Cognitive and Information Sciences, UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts