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Capstones are designed to be the culmination of a UCLA undergraduate experience. Capstones range from yearlong sequences of courses or tutorials to a single seminar, and from honors theses to comprehensive seminar projects or internships. They may be based in tutorials, labs, advanced courses, or seminars, and may include either individual projects or team-based projects.
Four levels of UCLA capstone options are illustrated. The four levels represent different expectations for student engagement and independence, ranging from advanced senior seminars or project courses that require a comprehensive term paper, performance, or product design, to individually designed majors. The percentages listed indicate the expected participation of seniors at each of the four levels. It should be noted that some students might complete capstones at more than one level; for example, a student, having completed an advanced seminar, might decide to engage in an independent study or honors project.
Capstone majors and programs are identified in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog. See http://www.capstones.ucla.edu for more detailed information.
The Washington, DC, Fellows internship program supports students seeking summer internships in Washington, DC. Assignments are available with elected officials, government agencies, public interest groups, international organizations, the media, and a wide range of public and private organizations. The program offers advice on searching and applying for internships, as well as housing support and the option to apply for alumni-sponsored scholarships. For further information, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) selects undergraduates each fall, winter, and spring to participate in its Quarter in Washington Program. The program offers an exciting opportunity to combine UCLA courses with research and field experience. Students live at the UC Washington Center for up to 12 weeks, dividing their time between coursework and a part-time internship placement. They are registered as UCLA students and earn UC credit in multiple majors (by petition) for all classes taken. The core course, a research development seminar, is multiple-listed in political science, sociology, and history, meets the capstone requirement for the Public Affairs minor, applies toward the Civic Engagement minor, and is eligible for College Honors consideration. At least one course in a subject other than political science, such as economics or history, is usually offered each quarter. All courses take advantage of Washington’s unique resources for study and research.
UC Washington Center administrators help students find a field placement that complements a substantial research project. Placements have included ABC News, the Brookings Institute, CNN, the Department of Justice, the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and various members of Congress. For information, contact the CAPPP office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 206-3109. See http://www.cappp.ucla.edu/quarterinwashington/.
The University of California, in accordance with the National Defense Act of 1920 and with the concurrence of The Regents, offers courses and programs in military training. This voluntary training allows students to qualify for an officer’s commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps while completing their college education. ROTC courses are offered by three departments within the College of Letters and Science: Aerospace Studies (Air Force), Military Science (Army), and Naval Science (Navy and Marine Corps). Equipment, uniforms, and textbooks are provided. The programs provide a monthly stipend to eligible students while on contract and additional financial benefits, including tuition and fee scholarships, to qualified students. Individual programs are described in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Exciting teaching programs prepare undergraduate students for careers in teaching or education and allow them to serve in classrooms in the Los Angeles area. Many teaching opportunities are offered in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS), which helps coordinate programs leading to various instructional credentials or to graduate study.
The Education Studies minor provides a sequence of core and elective courses designed to introduce students to key issues, research, and policies in education. Students participate in a range of seminar and practicum courses to fulfill program requirements. The program office is in 1009 Moore Hall. See http://gseis.ucla.edu/academic-programs/education-studies-minor and the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
The Joint Mathematics/Education Program (JMEP), offered jointly by GSE&IS and the Department of Mathematics, leads to a teaching credential and master’s degree in education for mathematics majors pursuing a career in secondary school teaching. The program offers courses in education for students completing courses required for a Bachelor of Science degree in a major within the Department of Mathematics. During their senior year, participants serve as teaching interns in an observational teaching program under the direction of a teaching coordinator. During the year following graduation, students take additional graduate courses and teach full-time in a secondary classroom with a full salary. For information, contact Mathematics Student Services, 6356 Math Sciences. See http://www.curtiscenter.math.ucla.edu/undergraduate.html.
The Mathematics for Teaching capstone major is designed primarily for students planning to teach mathematics at the high school level. It provides exposure to a broad range of mathematical topics, especially those appropriate for the prospective teacher. Students who complete the major automatically complete the Mathematics Department's CA-approved subject matter program. At the end of their senior year, students may request a letter from the Mathematics Student Services Office verifying their completion of these courses and thus their subject matter competence for the CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics. See the degree description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
The Science Teacher Education Program (STEP), cosponsored by the College of Letters and Science and GSE&IS, allows science majors to observe and participate in classrooms in schools in the Los Angeles area and to begin teacher education courses in their senior year. Students earn a preliminary teaching credential the summer after the bachelor’s degree is received and a master’s in education the following academic year. For details, e-mail Dr. Arlene Russell at email@example.com or contact any science department undergraduate counseling office. See http://www.college.ucla.edu/cateach/ or call (310) 794-2191.
The Teacher Education Program allows students to obtain both a Master of Education degree and a preliminary multiple or single subject credential in a full-time, two-year program that provides clinical classroom experience and has students employed as full-time teachers in their second year. See http://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu/teacher-education/.
TeachLA is a University Internship Program associated with GSE&IS. University interns are full-time employees of Los Angeles Unified School District and engage in five terms of credential coursework and fieldwork. On successful completion, interns receive a preliminary multiple or single subject credential. The program is a collaboration between GSE&IS, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, and UCLA Extension. See http://centerx.gseis.ucla.edu/teacher-education/pathways/teachla.
The UCLA California Teach program encourages and supports undergraduate students who are interested in exploring K-12 mathematics and science teaching as a potential career. Courses include 30 hours of observation, participation, and assisting in K-12 schools, and seminars to support those field experiences. See http://www.college.ucla.edu/cateach/ or call (310) 794-2191.
The Visual and Performing Arts Education minor in the School of the Arts and Architecture provides a sequence of courses designed to introduce students to the key issues and methodologies in the field of arts education and to a broad range of possible careers in the arts, including K-12 teachers, museum educators, arts administrators, teaching artists, and arts advocates.
The arts education teaching sequence, an important component of the minor, consists of a series of three courses in which selected undergraduate students explore core issues in arts education, creativity, and social justice and then are assigned to K-12 classrooms in the Los Angeles area where they first observe and then implement an eight-week sequential arts-based lesson plan under supervision of their guiding teacher. The program office is in 2101 Broad Art Center. See http://www.arts.ucla.edu/vapae and the program description in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
The UCLA Center for Community Learning serves faculty members, undergraduate students, and community partners through academic courses and programs, including credit-bearing internships, service learning courses, community-based research, AmeriCorps service scholarships, and two Astin Civic Engagement Scholarship programs. It is home to the undergraduate minor in Civic Engagement, the only one of its kind among research universities. The office is in A265 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-7867. See http://www.communitylearning.ucla.edu.
The University of California Center Sacramento (UCCS) is operated by UC Davis and cosponsored by the UC Office of the President. The center’s long-term goal is to bring together UC faculty members with undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research related to state government, politics, and public policy. UCCS is open to all juniors and seniors with a 3.0 grade-point average. For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. See http://uccs.ucdavis.edu.
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