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John Warren 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 Eric Bull: “You'll find out that investigation and experimentation are fabulous.”

Are science teachers needed?

According to the Department of Education, almost 2,000 projected hires in physical and life science were needed in 2008-09. This number, coupled with the fact that the number of new science credentials declined by 25% from 2003 to 2007 (The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008) means that there are many jobs waiting to be filled by fully credentialed science teachers.

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)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site, the California State University's Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site and the University of California's California TeachIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

Information on the Assumption Program of Loans in Education (APLE)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site, the TEACHIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site grant, and other financial aid programs are also available.

What do I need to do to teach?

In order to teach science, individuals need to obtain a Foundational-Level General Science CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, a Single Subject Science CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site or Science (Specialized) CredentialIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site. Fully credentialed teachers can add a Supplementary or Subject Matter AuthorizationIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site to their basic teaching credential. A checklist of all the requirements can be found in the "Understand the Requirements" section.

Cool Resources

Many federal agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Icon indicating a URL to an external Web site provide multimedia resources (images, videos and podcasts), interactive lessons, and other materials you can use when you do your student teaching, and beyond! Teachers' DomainIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site has digital media created by public broadcasting and other partners.

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