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Education Programs


Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Education is the first academic discipline being developed. We are creating face-to-face and blended courses.  We seek to collaborate with P-12 educators and UC Merced faculty to engage the Central Valley community in scholarship and creativity while fostering a culture of inquiry and discovery learning.  

Upcoming Opportunities

Extension's Education Programs will include certificate programs as well as post baccalaureate programs. We are developing a certificate program in Project-Based Math and Science, a certificate program in Teacher Preparation, and a certificate program in Bilingual Education. 

Extension's Education Programs will provide district professional development for P-12 educators in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to facilitate their transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their integration with the California Common Core Standards (CCCS) for Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and technical Subjects. These opportunities for professional development may result in CEUs or academic credit, depending on the district and course content. The first workshops will be offered Summer 2017.

If your district is interested in professional development, please contact: 

Lynn C. Reimer, Director of Education Programs | 209-228-UNEX (8639) 

My work integrates my experience as a P-12 educator, instructor in Teacher Education, and research on STEM teaching and learning. I am an advocate for citizen science and conservation of our natural resources. My love of science and math began in middle school and matured in high school. I had amazing teachers that inspired me to be the first in my family to earn a college degree from the University of California, Davis (1991) as a double major in Biological Sciences and German. While teaching, I completed an MA in Integrated Math & Science Education from Fresno Pacific University (2009). A specialist with project-based and hands-on science pedagogy, I created a cross-age science program at our San Joaquin Valley K-8 school where my 7th and 8th grade students served as mentor teachers to younger students. After I completed my Masters, I had the honor of working with California science teachers through the Project-Based Science Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before coming to UC Merced, I was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow in the School of Education at UC Irvine (2013-2017). I am completing my doctorate in Education. My program specialization is Learning, Cognition, and Development. My research focuses on STEM instruction in large lecture courses. 

Research Interests: P-16 STEM education, problem solving, interactive learning, character development, persistence/grit, underrepresented students

Personal Interests: Hiking, gardening, and cooking