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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Become a Math or 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 or math teachers.

Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) and Scholarships

The MSTI Program awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships to students studying to become math or science teachers. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. Scholarships are awarded each spring for the following academic year.

The MSTI Program also provides additional advising help, assistance in identifying learning experiences in teaching (early field experiences), opportunities to attend teacher professional conferences, and support for student teaching clubs. Financial support is available not only in scholarships, but also reimbursements for testing and applications to get into credential program and to get your credential (CBEST, CSETs, and CTC) – this can be as much as $400 in savings to you.

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

Current K-12 teachers, not enrolled at CSU, Chico may be eligible for MSTI support services and can learn more about MSTI support here. (opens in new window) 

Robert Noyce Scholarships

The Robert Noyce Scholarships(opens in new window) are for eligible juniors, seniors and credential candidates at Chico State, and they fund at $12,250+/yr. The application period for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. Scholarships are awarded each spring for the following academic year.

Subject Matter Preparation Programs in Mathematics and ALL Science Credentials

Chico State offers both a Mathematics Credenital or Foundational-Level Mathematics Credential, and we are 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 in your area of interest.

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!

Project MATH

Through Project MATH. (Mathematics And Teaching on the Horizon) we have established a premier program for secondary mathematics teacher preparation that is a model not only in the state but also the nation. Starting in your first semester as a Project MATH student, you will participate in the bi-weekly seminar with other students, mentor teachers, and university faculty. You will also work as mentors and tutors in local schools. As juniors and seniors, you will take mathematics courses specifically designed for future teachers

Specialty Campus Housing

The Mathematics and Science House is 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.