Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


Female Mexican pre-service teachers make up the largest percentage of the overall number of student-parents that are currently enrolled in community college and university. In particular, the Mexican student-mothers face many challenges, ranging from finding and scheduling childcare, and unwelcoming school climate, to limited institutional support programs and services, as well as cultural expectations. This senior capstone research project examines the challenges faced by six female Mexican pre-service student-mothers while balancing their career and motherhood at a university on the central coast of California. The result findings indicate that their challenges include the lack of resources within the university, inflexible expectations from the university and judgment within their community to support them. Given these challenges, there is a need to reform policies, so that resources become available to female Mexican pre-service teachers.