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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Chico State Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)

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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 is currently closed for applications!

The applications are typically opened in January each year, and awarded each spring for the following academic year.

If you need special accommodation to access any documents on this page, please contact the Office of Accessible Technology and Services at 530-898-6532.

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.

 Additional Support Services offered by Chico State MSTI:

  • 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

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. Maris Thompson
Tehama Hall 429

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