MSTI Toolkit


The resources here are free to be used by faculty engaged in the recruitment and preparation of teachers of mathematics and science.  They represent the efforts of faculty from several California State University campuses as well as others around the country.

Recruiting Science Teachers Resources

  • “Science Credential Program” Brochure summarizes the requirements to become a science teacher in California, outlines the steps in the application process, and identifies financial support for becoming a science teacher.
  • “Impact the Future -Teach Science” Presentation  provides over 36 slides, some which are interactive, on why consider teaching as a career, why teach science,  the steps to teaching a science credential, what science you would teach, and next steps. It has been used in undergraduate science classes.
  • “Be a Science Teacher FAQ’s” includes answers to 100 questions from undergraduate science majors in the following categories: Salary/Job Security, Employment, Making Career Decisions, Teaching as a Career, Examinations, Credential Program, Clearing Your Credential, Bilingual/International, and Other Questions.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Career Center provides an online job bank for science education professionals seeking new positions and educational institutions with vacancies. Clients include teachers, students, administrators, and public or private schools in grades pre- K through 12 and postsecondary.  Additional resources include Planning for a Career in Science Education and Career of the Month.
  • Student Chapter Brochure, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) explains the process of establishing a student chapter of the NSTA on your campus, which can be an effective recruitment tool.
  • Science Education Credential Website contains helpful information about pursuing a credential in science.

Becoming a Teacher in Science

Teacher of Science Video

Recruiting Mathematics Teachers Resources

Being a Teacher in Mathematics

Teacher of Math Video

Non-Specific Resources

TEACH California, sponsored by Sacramento County Office of Education, provides you with helpful  information on becoming a credentialed teacher in California.

University and College Centers for Careers in Teaching

Related Research and Policy Documents

Resources for Involving Business and Community Partners

  • Math and Science Teachers: Recruiting and Retaining California’s Workforce provides school data on science and math student achievement.
  • STEM Education Collation works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs. Includes resources and data from a variety of business and education agencies.

Organizations that Support Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

Funding Resources

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs provides loan forgiveness to qualifying teachers with federal grants. The Perkins Loan Cancellation program requires only one year of teaching. Stafford and other loan forgiveness programs pays up to $17,500 but the forgiveness does not occur until after an individual is an employed teacher for 5 years. Both programs are highly reliable, underutilized, and always available.

Centers for Science and Math Education

Other Resources

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Page updated: October 9, 2014