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Education Programs

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.


UC Merced Extension Education Programs exist to develop culturally responsive educators that equitably facilitate cross-disciplinary, integrative learning to catalyze student potential and empowerment.


UC Merced Extension Education Programs aspire to be a recognized model for developing culturally responsive educators that are committed to empowering their students. UC Merced Extension Education Programs are aligned with the vision of the University of California, Merced—upholding 21stcentury priorities for interdisciplinary learning and public service. To achieve this aspiration, UC Merced Extension Education Programs:

  • Aims to establish culturally respectful communication regarding questions, ideas, and solutions in the context of courses and workshops.
  • Aims to nurture collaboration between educators and students to achieve learning goals, maximizing collective talent and expertise.
  • Aims to develop skills for critical and creative problem-solving among educators and students, applicable to all content domains.

Extension Education Programs Learning Outcomes (EEPLOs)

UC Merced Extension Education Programs' mission and vision are embedded in our Learning Outcomes:

  • Cultural Responsivity and Values (CRV): demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness to diversity in every domain of learning, understanding values as opportunity for respectful exchange, collaboration, and shared commitment to the greater good.
  • Content Knowledge (CK): master state standards in the arts, humanities, language, literature, mathematics, physical science, natural science, and applied science along with capacity to monitor and guide personal learning.
  • Communication and Information Literacy (CIL): effectively convey information, engage in respectful dialogue, and share ideas through oral and written discourse, cultivating inquiry inclusive of self, other, and community.
  • Professional Development (PD): deploy problem-solving skills capable of transforming classrooms, promoting justice, fostering collaborative leadership, and addressing community concerns with mature civic identity.


Child Development for Practioners

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Spring CSET Preparation Workshops at UC Merced

We do not currently have workshops scheduled. However, we provide resource materials for applicants to our Teacher Preparation Program.

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

Dates TBD - Request offering notification

Subtest 2: Science; Mathematics

Dates TBD - Request offering notification

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

Dates TBD - Request offering notification

Spring Workshops

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) 

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

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Nature Journaling

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LEGO Education Intermediate Institute

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Summer Workshops

MTSS/PBIS Tier 1 Training

July 30 - August 3, 2017 Flyer: MTSS/PBIS | 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.