Founded in 1919, and now one of the most successful and preeminent schools in the nation, the University of California-Los Angeles makes a significant impact. Located on 419 acres in Westwood, the University enrolls approximately 44,000 total students.
Teacher Prep at UCLA is distinct. IMPACT is an innovative teacher education program developed in partnership with UCLA Center X TEP, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Center for Powerful Public Schools. Programs are especially STEM-focused and currently are only offered in Secondary Math, Secondary Science, and Elementary Education. The program is a mentorship model with student cohorts. Starting on day one, students are in the classroom with mentor teachers as Apprentices. After the first year, Apprentices have their California Preliminary Credentials. The next year, students have their own classroom and are supported by UCLA faculty and their peer cohort as they complete an inquiry project before their graduation from the program. The amazing part of this program is the collaboration and connection to community. On top of that, there are $20,000 fellowships for Apprentices and currently there is a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. This unique program has gained national recognition, has been featured in the LA Times, and graduates have received outstanding accolades. Click here for more information as well as a documentary about the program. There is no doubt that the IMPACT MAT program belongs at the top of the list.