Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) Scholarships & Support

The California State University (CSU) is the state's largest producer of mathematics and science teachers. The CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) represents their commitment to increasing CSU annual production of credentialed teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The objective of the Chico State MSTI program is to increase the total number of math and science students enrolling in undergraduate or post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs.

Chico State MSTI and advisors help future math and science teachers through the subject matter preparation, credential program application process, financial aid information and opportunities for scholarships, and credential examination preparation resources. We encourage and support students in all majors and from diverse backgrounds to look into our program. Teaching needs everyone!

Chico State MSTI Scholarships

The MSTI Scholarship program awards close to $100,000 in scholarship to students studying to become math or science teachers. This includes $1,000-$2,000 for entering freshmen and transfer students who are interested in becoming future science teachers

Current CSU, Chico Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Credential Candidates

Current CSU, Chico sophomores, juniors, seniors, and credential candidates are eligible for CSU, Chico MSTI Scholarships. The scholarship application period 2021-2022 has closed. 

In order to be eligible, you must be a Chico State student (or have been accepted) and be in an academic program toward the goal of being a math or science teacher.

Department MSTI Special Awards will be identified and determined through those applying for the MSTI Scholarship above.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

Incoming freshman and transfer students are eligible for $1000-$2000 MSTI Recruitment Scholarships. Apply now for a MSTI recruitment scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please have all documents ready to upload before starting the application. Scholarships are awarded each spring for the following academic year. MSTI recruitment scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 9, 2021.

Additional Support Services offered by Chico State MSTI

Current CSU, Chico students may request MSTI support by completing our CSU, Chico Student MSTI Request for Services Form.(opens in new window) MSTI support services include:

  • Help getting one-on-one advising and support
  • Opportunities to be involved in early field experiences in teaching (i.e., tutoring, field trip facilitating, school site activities, etc.)
  • Professional development opportunities may be available (i.e., research, conference attendance, etc.) in conjunction with our Noyce Scholar Program and student clubs
  • **Financial support for CSET exams
  • Preparation resources for math and science CSETs
  • Financial Aid information for teacher candidates (Financial Aid Office)
  • TEACH Grant information

California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) support, and CTC additional credential application fee**

** Disclaimer:  A limited amount of funding is available for FLM/FLGS CSET exam fees each academic year. The awards are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to teacher candidates pursuing a Single Subject Credential in math or science. Requests for reimbursement are subject to review and approval by the Chico State Math and Science Teacher Initiative program.

For inquiries, contact the Center for Mathematics & Science Education at 530-898-4322 or

MSTI Teacher Support: Get added Math or Science credentials or authorizations at LIMITED COST to you

The first cohort for our Computer Science Authorization starts Summer 2021. Our funding to support current teachers to add authorizations is at hold at this time. 

Priority will be given to teachers in Region 2 (Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties.)

Teachers can apply for MSTI support. Prior to applying for this MSTI support, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. One of the following valid, unexpired, California teaching credentials:
  • Multiple Subject
  • Single Subject
  • Standard Elementary
  • Standard Secondary
  • Special Secondary
Please note that this support requires you complete the tests or courses needed, and to complete the application for CTC authorization. This must be done through the CSU, Chico School of Education to be valid for our program funds. The specific details for completing the application and all reimbursements will be provided upon approval to the MSTI program. Get more information(opens in new window)and you may contact Brandi Aranguren, with any questions. 

Undergraduate Advising for Math and Science Teacher Preparation

If you are an undergraduate and are interested in being a math or science teacher, you should contact the person in your major department for pre-service teacher advising. If you are uncertain who to contact, look here to find the advisor for your undergraduate subject matter preparation program, please contact the appropriate subject specialist here.

Credential Program Prerequisite Advising

If you are a junior or senior and are getting close to completing your undergraduate degree and are looking for information about eligibility for the credential program at Chico State, you should be in contact with our School of Education contacts.

Credential Pre-Program Advisor
Amanda Taylor
Tehama Hall 125
Single Subject Coordinator
Dr. Michael Gulbransen  
Tehama 265

Single Subject Credential Program Information - School of Education(opens in new window)

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