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
Recruiting Mathematics Teachers Resources
- “Teaching Foundational Level Mathematics” Website provides a model of distributing information via the Web.
- “What is Foundational Level Mathematics” Presentation covers the teaching areas of the FLM credential and the goals and values of mathematical literacy.
Being a Teacher in Mathematics
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
- Center for Careers in Teaching, California State University Fullerton
- Center for Teacher Education, Santa Ana College
Related Research and Policy Documents
- Can Your Friend Teach?: Social Networking Meets Teacher Recruitment,Hilary Masell Oswald (Edutopia, Spring 2008) is an article on how a nonprofit organization used Facebook to recruit teachers.
- Recruiting the Next Generation of Science Teachers, Ingrid Novodvorsky, University of Arizona (Forum on Education, The American Physical Society, Fall 2006 / Spring 2007). Ingrid Novodvorsky, Director of the College of Science Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Arizona, identifies effective recruitment strategies.
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
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering provides leadership to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering and technology, math- and science-based careers.
- American Association for Women in Science is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
- National Science Foundation Funding
- U.S. Department of Education Grants and Contracts
- California Department of Education Funding
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
- Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science, Cal State Fullerton
- Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Science and Math Education Center, Fresno State