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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Become a Science Teacher

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Chico State welcomes you!

As you consider your options, please consider these exciting opportunities that we offer to support students interested in becoming middle and high school science teachers.

Mathematics and Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI) and Scholarships

The MSTI Program awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships to students studying to become math or science teachers. Application period currently open!

  • The application period for current CSU, Chico students has closed. Scholarship notifications will be sent out by April 30, 2020 to the email address listed on your scholarship application. 

  • Special recruitment scholarships for newly entering freshmen and transfer students in fall2020, interested in being future math/science teachers are now available. Application available NOW! (PDF)

  • The Robert Noyce Scholarships are for eligible juniors, seniors and credential candidates at Chico State, and they fund at $12,250+/yr.

Subject Matter Preparation Programs in ALL Science Credentials

Chico State is one of the few CSU campuses that has approved subject matter preparation programs in ALL sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geosciences and Foundational-Level General Science (Natural Sciences). You can earn the required subject matter competence through your degree program without the need to take CA Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs). Speak with an advisor.

National Science Teacher Association - Student Club

This NSTA Club serves as a home for students who are interested in teaching science as a career. Joining the club will allow you to connect with a community of peers with similar interests, engage the community of scientific activities in an informal setting, and much more!

Specialty Campus Housing

The Mathematics and Science House, one of six Konkow apartment-style residences are reserved for math and science majors, such as declared future science/math teachers. The house contains a huge kitchen, living room, and dining room all for only 14 students. Living with like-minded students and receiving academic support can help students be successful in what can be a very challenging first year.