John Warren: “Teaching…
is very emotionally rewarding. It’s a good creative outlet. You are allowed to create things that you can see become reality.”
Eric Bull: “You'll find out that investigation and experimentation are fabulous.”
Are science teachers needed?
"California is projected to need upwards of 33,000 new mathematics and science teachers in the next ten years" (Source: California State University, Math and Science Teacher Initiative Web site).
What assistance is available to future science teachers?
California's universities and colleges have created academic and financial support programs in order to attract and train future science teachers, including the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), the California State University's Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) and the University of California's California Teach.
The California State University (CSU) system is the largest state supported system providing teacher preparation programs on over 23 individual campuses throughout California. Find out more about why you should become a science teacher and the resources available to you at the CSU Web site.
What do I need to do to teach?
In order to teach science, individuals need to obtain a Foundational-Level General Science Credential, a Single Subject Science Credential or Science (Specialized) Credential. Fully credentialed teachers can add a Supplementary or Subject Matter Authorization to their basic teaching credential. A checklist of all the requirements can be found in the "Understand the Requirements" section.
Cool ResourcesMany federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide multimedia resources (images, videos and podcasts), interactive lessons, and other materials you can use when you do your student teaching, and beyond! Teachers' Domain has digital media created by public broadcasting and other partners.
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