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Education Programs

Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Education is the first academic discipline being developed in University Extension. We are creating face-to-face and blended courses for pre-service and in-service teachers.  We are collaborating 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.  


Spring CSET Preparation Workshops at UC Merced

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Subtest 1: Reading, Language and Literature; History and Social Science

May 12, 2018

Subtest 2: Science; Mathematics

May 19, 2018

Subtest 3: Physical Education; Human Development; Visual and Performing Arts

April 14, 2018

Spring Workshops

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

April, 13, 2018 (Friday, 9am-3pm) | Register


Engineering is Elementary - Tuesday Workshops hosted by the Merced County Office of Education

March 27, 2018 Flyer:  EiE - Designing Bridges | Register


Nature Journaling

March 6, 2018 Flyer: Nature Journaling | Register


LEGO Education Intermediate Institute

April 20, 2018 Flyer: LEGO EII | Register

District Professional Development

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 State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Science, 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 Reimer, Director of Education Programs at | 209-228-UNEX (8639).


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Professional development programs wishing to offer participants CEUs, may partner with UC Merced Extension to do so.  

I semester CEU is equivalent to 10 hours. A $40 fee per unit covers administrative costs.


Academic Credit

Professional development programs wishing to offer academic credit can propose a course to UC Merced Extension.  

I semester academic credit is equivalent to 45 hours (workshop, lecture, reading, research, lesson design, classroom implementation, etc.) and should embed performance assessments.  Academic professional development courses in the discipline of education are $150 per unit, or $595 for a 3 unit course, which covers tuition and administrative costs.



Director of Education Programs

Lynn C. Reimer, Ph.D. | 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 University of California, Irvine (2013-2017), where I completed my doctorate in Education. My program specialization was Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development. 

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

Personal Interests: Hiking, gardening, and cooking


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. 

University of California, Merced Extension is seeking initial institutional approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This approval would allow UC Merced's University Extension to sponsor educator preparation programs in California. Interested parties are invited to submit comments that may help to inform the Commission of substantive issues regarding this institution. Comments should be submitted to the Commission at Please note that comments should specify the party's relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, other -please specify). All identifying information will remain confidential.