Joint Math/Ed Pathway

Students who complete this program will:

  • Earn their CA Teaching Credential by the summer after graduation
  • Begin teaching full time with a full time salary at the end of that summer
  • Complete a Master’s in Education by the following June


The UCLA Curtis Center is no longer accepting applications for this Pathway for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

The application deadline for the 2021-22 UCLA Academic Year will be on December 1st, 2021. This application will require:

  • Autobiographical Statement: 1-2 page limit
    • Prompt: Your autobiographical statement should indicate why you are applying to the program and what you hope to gain from the program.  Please also indicate the development of your teaching interest, your experience (paid or volunteer) related to education, school-age children, and urban schools, and your strengths, skills, or other attributes that are related.
    • Upload Autobiographical Statement in the application form.
  • Junior/Senior Course Planner:
    • Students must complete the Junior/Senior Course planner below to ensure that they have enough space during their Senior year to successfully complete the necessary coursework for their Bachelor’s degree and this pathway.
    • Junior/Senior Course Planner
    • Upload Junior/Senior Course Planner in the application form.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation:
    • One letter must be written by a math professor and the other letter may be written by a math/ed professor or a k-12 teacher mentor.
    • Letters of recommendations are submitted separately by the recommender. Click this link to submit a letter of recommendation before the deadline.


Apply to the Joint Math/Ed Pathway

Math For LA: Joint Math/Ed Pathway Requirements

About the Program

This is a challenging high caliber program. Students applying for this program should have a GPA reasonably close to 3.0. We recommend that students take no more than two mathematics courses per quarter while in the program to make adequate room for the required CA credential coursework.

You are also eligible to apply for the NSF Noyce Scholarship. See below for more information.

Credential Requirements

In addition to the courses within the Math Department and Graduate School of Education, you will need to complete additional requirements set by California. See California Teaching Credential for specific tests and waivers you need to apply for throughout your years at UCLA.

Typically students complete a Math For Teaching major (or other Math major) while completing the below BS + Credential + M.Ed. coursework:

For questions,  please reach out to our student advisors.

NSF Noyce Scholarship

The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to increase the number and quality of science and math teachers who are prepared to teach in high-need schools throughout the country.

Scholarship/Forgivable Loans are available up to $16,500 for your Senior year.

There are two key requirements for this forgivable loan: (1) that you are a citizen or permanent resident and (2) that you work for two years in a school district that has at least one school that meets specific high-need criteria–exactly the kind of school that the UCLA program works with. The first-year of the service requirement is your resident year in graduate school. During this year you will be working in one of our partner schools, all of which meet the high-need requirements. You do not need to stay in this school for the second year, although most of our students do, so long as the school you go to is in a district where one of the schools in that district meets the “high-need” requirement described in the agreement. These districts are easy to find everywhere in the country.

As a Noyce Scholarship recipient, you will also attend a four-week pre-credential summer program beginning August 10, 2020. During the first week, you will attend professional development seminars at UCLA, followed by three weeks of observation and participation at one of the Graduate School of Education’s partner schools. Details to be confirmed in Winter/Spring Quarter.

For more information about the Noyce Scholarship, please contact Professor Arlene Russell at



If you would like to be considered for a Noyce scholarship, you must respond to the following (500 Word limit, typed, double-spaced, 12-point font.) Please describe how your prior life experiences—academic, professional, volunteer, etc.—demonstrate a commitment to serving educationally underrepresented segments of society. If applicable, please discuss ways in which social, economic, or other disadvantages that you have had to overcome have affected your academic opportunities.