The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is committed to providing the North State with the highest quality science education for all learners, programs for teacher subject matter preparation and professional development, and research on teaching and learning to promote scientific appreciation and understanding.
Why Be a Science Teacher?
"If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child - become a teacher. Your country needs you."
– President Barack Obama (1/25/11)
Because you want to make a difference!
Science teachers are in great demand across the country, providing you the opportunity to work where you want with a high degree of job security. You'll spend your days sharing your love of science with your school's best students. You'll find teaching to be a challenging career which will bring you personal satisfaction, making it more than worth the effort!
Teaching even at entry-level can be financially rewarding. The best new science teachers with bachelor's degrees typically earn $40,000 to $60,000 per year for a nine-month contract. Salaries often rise rapidly. In large cities, and after earning a master's degree, teachers can make more than $100,000 per year! In addition, there are many job benefits ranging from medical, dental, and life insurance, to tuition reimbursement for graduate courses, and great retirement plans.
The high demand for science teachers has led to the creation of many financial incentives for future teachers. Special scholarships and forgivable loans could actually pay for all your college expenses. Check out some of the scholarships and financial support available for future teachers.
Give Teaching a Try
The lab experiences are fun, engaging, active-learning experiments in chemistry, biology, and physical science. University students studying science and education present these lessons to visiting elementary students. This is done in an actual laboratory on the CSU, Chico campus. If you want to participate you need to sign up for the Hands-on Lab course NSCI 489A. More information on Hands-On Lab.
Gateway Science Museum
The Gateway Science Museum is also right on the CSU, Chico campus. Students can take the class NSCI 489M which will train them to become docents. You'll then present guided lessons to visiting school children as well as lead them through the exhibits at the museum. More information on the Gateway Science Museum.
Opportunities to pursue teaching opportunities abound. The five student organizations in the College of Natural Sciences encourage you to try tutoring:
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Science Teacher Club
- Omicron Theta Epsilon
- Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
- The Association of Geology and Environmental Students
- Society of Physics Students